Within the Department of Educational Leadership, the Master of Science in Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership is designed for professionals interested in advancing their careers and learning to lead with purpose. Through dynamic curriculum and practical content application, students gain an in-depth understanding of education operation functions and strengthen leadership skills.

Orlean Beeson School of Education graduate courses are designed with the professional in mind. Courses are held in the evenings and curriculum is completed within 18 months. The Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership program also provides strong relationships through small class sizes.

This program helped me discover that leadership isn't something you turn on when it's needed. It's something you have to holistically represent in both your personal and professional life. Allen Howell, Assistant Dean of External Relations and Career Development, Cumberland School of Law

Objectives and Curriculum

Graduates of the Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership program will possess an understanding and ability to complete the following:

  • Direct educational improvement and create a positive climate, changing curriculum and effective instructional practices to increase learner success.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills from theories, research and current practices related to governance and policy in educational systems.
  • Lead efforts of conflict resolution, consensus building and group processes.
  • Direct proper allocation of resources with a priority of teaching, learning, student achievement and student development.
  • Understand the factors driving change to innovation in education and develop strategies for building organizational capacity for innovation.

The curriculum requirement for the program is 30 credit hours. Students must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA at Orlean Beeson School of Education to graduate. Please view our full list of completion requirements.

For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at Orlean Beeson School of Education, please visit the Orlean Beeson School of Education section of the Samford University Catalog.


Is This Program for Me?

Are you interested in nurturing your leadership skills? This program will help you enhance your skills and your career while gaining a new outlook and making a positive influence in organizations. Join this program and be pushed to your greatest potential.

Career Opportunities

  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Nonprofit Professionals
  • K-12 Involved Organizations
  • Government Officials
  • Business and Industry Professionals
  • Alumni Relations
  • Advancement Relations
  • Event Relations
  • Marketing


Application Deadlines

Fall (August start date): July 15
Spring (January start date): November 15

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Score of at least 295 on the GRE or a score of at least a 396 on the MAT. Waived if applicant has already completed a graduate degree from an accredited university.
For an application to be considered complete, we must receive all of the following*:
  • Online application for admission: Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
  • $35 Application Fee: This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores: Applicants should request for GRE or MAT scores to be sent to Samford University from the testing agency. Waived if applicant has already completed a graduate degree from an accredited university.
  • Official Transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended: Transcripts are considered official only when they bear the issuing institution’s seal and arrive with the seal intact. Transcripts can be sent electronically to kbgilrea@samford.edu or by mail.
  • Letter of recommendation: one letter of recommendation uploaded to online application.
  • Dispositions form filled out by current supervisor. May not be the same contact as the letter of recommendation.
  • Writing Sample: highlight one problem facing education today
  • Interview with program director

To check the status of application items, you may login to your application account and view the list of application items received.

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Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid


Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is $813 per credit hour. Each individual course is 3 credit hours. Tuition may be paid online or at the Bursar’s Office and it must be paid by the first day of each semester/term. Policies and methods for tuition and fee payment can be found in the Samford University catalog and the Financial Services website.

The following fees are applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • $100 School of Education Fee – applicable each term (fall, Jan term, summer 1, summer 2)
  • $175 Technology Fee – applicable each fall and spring term


Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to be able to give every graduate student a scholarship of $750 per course.  Graduate students do not need to apply for this scholarship as it is automatically applied.  The education school will continue providing discounted tuition until coursework is complete. Any additional scholarships are the responsibility of the applicant to secure.

Financial Aid

A financial assistance program administered by the Office of Financial Aid has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.

Education students have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As an education student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans.

To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Office of Financial Aid or call 205-726-2905.