Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership & Policy

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership & Policy

This program will prepare students for leadership roles in schools and districts across sectors (public, private, parochial, charter, etc.) and geographic regions as well as those who aspire to educational leadership roles in policy or advocacy positions in educational foundations or community-based organizations.

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At a Glance


Online and hybrid options are available.

How long will it take?

Students typically finish the program in 2 years.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program at the start of the fall, spring, or summer terms.

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Our graduates will apply social justice values and leadership strategies to shape the organizational culture and processes among the professionals (teachers/administrators), community leaders, and parents and families to improve student development.


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30

The Educational Leadership program offers four pathways to a Master's Degree.

  • Licensure students take a 6 credit practicum across three semesters and SEI endorsement for school leaders for a total program of study of 30 credits.  As part of this program, each student completes a 500-hour substantive practicum across 3 semesters, and prepares a portfolio aligned with the state leadership indicators.
  • To be licensed in this area, the student must possess an Initial License as a teacher in Massachusetts or in a state with which Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement, and have taught for at least three years by the time they apply for licensure.
  • All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leadership (MA-PAL). The University will advise unlicensed private school teachers who are seeking state licensure in administration of this requirement.


Certificate in Social Justice Leadership

The Certificate in Social Justice Leadership helps current and aspiring leaders develop and enact a theory of change to boldly advance equity in schools.  Through a series of four courses, participants discern organizational impediments to students’ opportunities to learn, then envision and enact a systemic response to confront these barriers. The goal of the program is to provide intensive support to educators committed to deepening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to ameliorate educational inequities.

Certificate in Educational Policy Development

The Certificate in Educational Policy Development equips current and aspiring leaders in schools and community-based organizations to leverage dramatic organizational change. Through a series of four courses, participants develop a sophisticated appreciation of how policies shape the cultural norms and day-to-day practices at both a micro level (e.g., within institutions) and a macro level (e.g., within a school district, a city, or a state). The goal of the program is to help leaders develop their repertoire of skills to use policy levers to creatively and effectively advance organizational goals.


Financial Aid

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 



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  • Education Attorney
  • Communications & Outreach Coordinator
  • Admission Counselor
  • Career Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Guidance Counselor


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Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is waived for all 2022 entrance terms. 




  • Preferred Decision —5/16
  • Regular Decision — 6/21
  • Rolling Admission — Until 7/18
  • Courses Begin — 8/29



    To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

    Personal Statement

    To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

    In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form

    Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.


    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

    • Course titles and grades for each course
    • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
    • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
      • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

    If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

    • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
    • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
    • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

    Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

    Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

    Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Standardized Tests

    You may submit GRE scores, but applicants are not required to do so.

    For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit

    Lynch School of Education and Human Development GRE Code: 3218


    How many courses are required for this program?

    This program consists of 12 courses for a total of 30 credits.

    How long does this program take to complete?

    Most students complete this program within two years.

    Do you offer graduate course credit transfer?

    Up to six credits or two courses may be accepted as transfer credit. Potential transfer credits are reviewed after admission into the program. 

    How much does this program cost?

    Read about tuition, fees, scholarships, and other funding opportunities on the tuition and aid webpage.

    Do you offer financial aid?

    The Lynch School is committed to helping students understand how affordable an excellent graduate education can be. We offer U.S. citizens and permanent residents access to U.S. federal financial aid and all students are considered for scholarship aid. Your application for admission serves as your scholarship application. To learn more, please visit our tuition and aid webpage.

    Is the GRE required for admission to this program?

    The GRE is accepted, but is not required.

    Who can I contact if I have additional questions or wish to learn more about this program?

    Our online graduate admissions team is here to help. For questions about this program or the application process, contact our online graduate admissions team by filling out the form here.

    International Students

    International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. 

    Requirements for International Students

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