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Master's Degree Program

School Leadership

The program information below is for academic year 2020-2021. We are dedicated to helping you prepare for an impactful career in education by offering powerful learning experiences and field-based opportunities that will develop critical professional skills. We encourage you learn more about our reimagined Master's in Education.

In the School Leadership Program (SLP), you will join a dynamic and diverse cohort of experienced teachers and education professionals ready to develop and hone your leadership knowledge, practice, and skills. SLP provides an exciting learning experience with a focus on race, equity, and excellence. The combination of research, theory and practice prepares students to lead change, schools and organizations, people, and learning.

Playing a leadership role in education is something that's joyful. It's a way to improve the world; it's a way to provide service and it's a way to benefit children – our most precious resource.

Senior Lecturer Mary Grassa O'Neill, faculty director

SLP is a program that engages you in learning experiences to develop critical leadership skills and make a real difference in the lives of learners. The many strengths of SLP include:

  • Cohort and Community – All SLP students share a desire to be influential agents of change, turning around underperforming institutions, and making already good schools and organizations even better. The diverse experiences and perspectives of your close-knit cohort will enrich your HGSE experience and support you as you move into leadership roles. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff. 
  • Fieldwork and Internships Internships provide a lot of value to your academic experience while providing you excellent knowledge and skills to build your resume. While Field Experiences will continue to be an important part of the HGSE learning experience, logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-21. Internships will not be required for SLP for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Principal Licensure Strand will not be offered in 2020-2021.

Curriculum Information

The School Leadership Program curriculum is rigorous but flexible, structured in a way that focuses on the development of change agents. You will study core concepts and topics, ranging from management and finance through to entrepreneurship, organizational change, and instructional leadership. You will complete 32 credits in total, made up of core courses, leadership electives, and general electives.

Program Requirements

See my.harvard for a complete list of courses.

Program Faculty

HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that SLP students most often work with include: 

Alumni & Student Profiles

All SLP students share a desire to be influential agents of change, turning around underperforming institutions and making already good schools and organizations even better. Our alumni can be found in leadership positions around the U.S. and the world, working in organizations, and public, charter, independent, faith-based, and international schools, in roles such as: principal, assistant principal, head of school, school founder, director of education and leadership, and program director.

Steve Askar

Striving for Belonging: Steve Askar, SLP'20

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for School Leadership reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Illustration by George Wylesol

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Contact

If you have a program-specific question, please reach out to the School Leadership Administrator, Abbie Bloom.

Admissions Information

More information about our admissions application requirements and instructionstuition and financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions is available on our website. If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact gseadmissions@harvard.edu.