At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

15 months

Cost per unit


Base cost





*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.


The Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership prepares students to serve as effective, innovative educational administrators. Graduates emerge well equipped to fulfill leadership roles in Pre-K–12 schools as principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, curriculum leaders, and department chairs.

Most students complete the Online M.A. in Educational Leadership with the Online Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC), Tier I in a combined program also offered at APU in an online or on-campus format.

For those interested in earning their degree on campus, APU offers the traditional Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at seven Southern California locations.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Benefit from online courses and fieldwork aligned with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL).
  • Learn from faculty with years of experience, many actively working in school administration.
  • Integrate rigorous scholarly work with the distinct tenets of the Christian faith.
  • Complete your degree in a dynamic online environment without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student interaction.
  • Study at a top-ranked, accredited university known for quality in academics and successful graduates.

This online degree is offered by APU’s School of Education. View additional graduate education programs.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.