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Graduate Program Leadership (MEd)

At this time, SNHU is not accepting new enrollments for advanced licensure programs. Educators may be interested in our online ME.d. in Curriculum and Instruction or other face-to-face programs within Vermont and New Hampshire. Please note, these programs do not lead to licensure. For more information contact the Office of Special Programs and Advanced Studies at

Breathe New Life into Schools with an MEd in Leadership

Be the person who initiates and implements positive change for students, staff and schools when you earn your Master of Education in Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

This unique cohort program is designed specifically for educators within a school district, with coursework tailored to the group's needs and classes taught at a location convenient to the students. With a competency-based approach supplemented with online resources, you'll be prepared to carry out your learnings immediately - in the classroom and beyond.

You may choose to focus on the main track, or you can opt to personalize your pathway to better meet your goals:

  • Curriculum Administration: Built for educators who want to advance as a leader in their district, this pathway helps those who want to mold the programs that best address the needs of students.
  • Curriculum Administrators and Principals: Created for individuals who wish to become certified as both a school principal and a curriculum administrator to foster growth and change within a school and a community.
  • School Administration: Designed for teachers who wish to pursue school leadership, the program focuses on culture, ethics and the management of the organization and operation of a school.

Graduates of the master's program may also consider adding a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership.

Candidates for concentrations and CAGS must have 5 years of teaching experience as a certified educator by completion of program to be considered.

See Yourself Succeed in Educational Leadership

If you're ready to take on more responsibility in your educational role, SNHU's MEd in Leadership can set you up with the skills, competencies and knowledge to help make it happen. Become both a thinker and a doer as you envelop yourself in the philosophy, ethics, management and culture of learning that can help you set and reach goals in advanced positions.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd in Leadership include:

  • Supportive community. Surround yourself with SNHU students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed instructors who are experts in their fields.
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree on site conveniently located within your school district. You'll finish in about 2.5 years, taking 1 course per 10-week term.
  • Minimal requirements. No GRE or GMAT required for admission. Plus, the PRAXIS I and II are not required for completion of the program.
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within two weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply complete our online application form.

Careers & Outcomes

With an MEd in Leadership, you open your teaching career track up to more possibilities. You position yourself for roles like a committee chair, department head, administrator or principal.

The collaborative setting for SNHU's cohort program perfectly complements your workplace environment, providing you with real-world situations that mirror your everyday responsibilities and interactions.


Southern New Hampshire University's graduate education program includes 36 credit hours of courses revolving around leadership, collaboration and process.

Through the coursework and hands-on practicum, you'll learn how to apply theory and best practices to positively influence the learning environment and promote student inquiry. Topics covered in the MEd in Leadership program include leadership for learning, effective management of schools, educational assessment, communications skills, reflective leadership skills, creative leadership, and more.

Graduate Tuition

Earning your degree is a smart choice to advance your career, and investing in an affordable program increases your ROI. We keep our costs low to remove barriers between you and your goals.

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Licensure Information

This program does not lead to initial licensure. This program is only available to licensed teachers in New Hampshire.