Educational institutions need great leaders. The Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State prepares you to become one of them. As a student, you will experience a powerful mixture of scholarly rigor and real-world, practical experience under the guidance of our well-respected faculty, all of whom have served in the field as teachers, principals, and superintendents. Plus, our convenient online learning programs and internships are perfect for busy working professionals. As a graduate of our department—which has the largest principal preparation program in the state, and is tied as the largest superintendent preparation program—you’ll be well prepared to further your career as a school leader.

Master's Degrees
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Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision

Master of Arts (Online)

Receive the education and training needed for an initial license as a principal. Offered entirely online, our program focuses primarily on P-12 building-level leadership. Learn more.

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Master's Degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

Master of Art (ON CAMPUS)

Combine theory you learn in our classes with hands-on experience you’ll gain working directly in with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. Learn more.

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EdD in Educational Administration and Supervision


Build on your master’s degree to form a deeper understanding of educational administration concepts and practices. You’ll graduate equipped to lead in a wide variety of educational environments. Learn more.

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EdD in Higher Education

Blend of On-Campus and Online

Develop skills in higher education administration, organizational and policy development, teaching, curriculum development, and social justice advocacy. Learn more.

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EdS in Educational Administration and Supervision


Cover a wide range of courses in educational administration, preparing you to lead as a superintendent or another position at the district level. Learn more.

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License for Principals

All Online

Designed for educators who already have master's degrees, you’ll complete the courses required to receive a license to be a principal or other building-level administrator. Learn more.

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Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership

Blend of On-Campus and Online

Prepare to work in one of the fastest-growing segments of higher education. This program is designed to meet the needs of community college administrators, faculty, staff—and anyone seeking those positions. Learn more.

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Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching

Blend of On-Campus and Online

Explore the relationship between teaching, research, and service responsibilities found at colleges and universities. This certificate will prepare you to teach at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Learn more.

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Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies

On Campus

Offered through the Office of Student Life, the minor in leadership studies builds on the nationally recognized Excellence in Leadership program for Undergraduate students from any major. Learn more.