Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Urban Educational Leadership, M.A.

College of Education  
Department: Leadership, Policy and Lifelong Learning

This major shares a core with the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program is committed to offering holistic and personalized educational opportunities to support learners’ preparedness to enact leadership collaboratively toward equitable and excellent education, educational systems, and educational policy. It operates from the shared perspective that its programs are strengthened through diversity of the overall body: faculty, students, partners, and communities.  

The Urban Educational Leadership, M.A. prepares students to work in urban contexts in and beyond the United States including metropolitan, inner, and outer ring cities. It aims to promote their global awareness of intractable issues plaguing education in densely populated communities through engagement with various leadership frameworks and practices. Students in this major are prepared to influence policy, curriculum, pedagogy, andragogy, and professional development with an emphasis on educational quality and equity, whether working in or consulting with ministries, think tanks, non-governmental agencies, or boards or departments of education.

Admission Information

Admission may occur in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Admission is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicant’s demonstrated academic potential to complete all degree requirements successfully. Success in the  program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, developing strong analytical and writing skills, and demonstrating a commitment to purposeful inclusive practices that lead to learning for all students. The program faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by her or his personal and professional qualifications.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Professional Resume
  • Letter of Intent outlining experience and goals for the degree (2-3 pages).  
  • Three letters of professional recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and professional competence, addressing the applicant’s instructional expertise and leadership potential. At least one of the three (3) recommendations must be from the applicant’s current or recent direct supervisor.


International Students

International students should check with International Services (https://www.usf.edu/world/international-services/index.aspx) for the latest information on requirements related to State testing, internship and practica.

Curriculum Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Requirements - 12 Credit hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit hours

Electives (18 Credit Hours)

Student will create a program of study by selecting courses amounting to 18 credit hours from among the following:

Comprehensive Exam

A concept paper is submitted for evaluation in lieu of a comprehensive examination.

Other Information

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.