MBA in Education Leadership

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The MSOE MBA in Education Leadership combines best practices in business and education leadership; emphasizes character education; focuses on eliminating the global achievement gap; explores best practices in character education during an international trip; and ignites the change-maker initiative to lead high-performing schools of character.

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The Essence of Character-driven Leadership

MBAEL_chartThe MSOE MBA in Education Leadership combines a rigorous Master of Business Administration with a unique curricula tailored to school principals and aspiring school leaders. Character development and education leadership are the tenants that guide this program. You will learn how to lead highly effective education organizations, creating an environment where character formation for children and character culture for school staff is the foundation for success.

Program Benefits

  • The unique curricula combines a rigorous MBA that is tailored to aspiring school leaders.
  • Offered on a convenient part-time basis enabling students to work in their school districts as they attend classes two Saturdays per month.
  • Follows a cohort model that begins in July and can be completed in 16 months.
  • Qualified applicants will receive a generous scholarship.
  • Students who work in a rural district and reside two or more hours from MSOE will receive free hotel accommodations near campus each Friday night before class.
  • Upon successful completion of the MBA in Education Leadership, qualified candidates are eligible for Wisconsin principal licensure.

Who Should Apply

  • School principals and vice principals who aspire to transform their skills as highly effective leaders.
  • K-12 educators with a minimum of three years of successful, full-time classroom teaching experience, who are anxious to advance their careers to become school principals.

Admission Requirements

Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If you are employed, we recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and more than 70 percent receive employer tuition support.

The Results

100% of the MBA in Education Leadership graduates at MSOE graduated on time, are working full-time in K-12 and received principal licensure if they were eligible.

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MSOE Graduate Admissions
(800) 332-6763

MBA in Education Leadership Curriculum

The MSOE MBA in Education Leadership is an innovative program that prepares individuals to become outstanding administrators and district leaders, creating world-class American schools. The innovative program is targeted at teaching professionals with a minimum of three years of PK­12 teaching experience who wish to advance in school leadership roles. On successful completion of the program, qualified participants receive both a Master of Business Administration and Wisconsin State Principal Licensure. The program is also an excellent professional growth opportunity for K12 administrators and business managers who wish to enhance their leadership skills through a specialized MBA.

Program information sheet

MB-6310 Professional Seminar I: Leadership Education
MB-6010 Leadership and the Global Achievement Gap
MB-6100 Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics
MB-6000 Distributed Leadership for Effective Organizations
MB-6900 Project Management for Leading Change
MB-7700 Maximizing Stakeholder Relationships
MB-6200 Creating Financial Intelligence
MB-7500 Building Value through Technology
MB-6600 Developing and Leveraging Human Capital
MB-7800 Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MB-6950 Facilitating Change in Complex Systems
MB-8100 Final Project – Education Leadership (Including International Experience)

Program Objectives

As educators and school leaders, graduates of the MBA in Education Leadership will be able to achieve the following within three to five years of program completion:

  • Rise to significant leadership positions in PK-12 education.
  • Direct innovative educational initiatives and formulate policies using sound analytical skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Lead educational change efforts to raise the achievement of all students, with a particular focus on eliminating and preventing the global achievement gap in PK-12 education.
  • Demonstrate the ongoing development and integration of effective leadership traits and ethical principles into personal and professional personas.
  • Build and sustain relationships among diverse constituents, stakeholders and policymakers who foster a culture conducive to increased student achievement.
  • Develop the next generation of teachers who will continue to pursue global excellence in student achievement.
  • Design and establish systemic processes, protocols and technologies to develop and empower high-performance teams and teachers to drive student achievement.
  • Manage school environments to foster student achievement, realize staff development, and nurture the public trust.
  • Influence and enact Wisconsin school law and education policy to enhance the learning environment.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes refer to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions that program graduates will possess at the time of program completion. These are organized into the broad categories shown below that align with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards (1­7) and enact two key themes within the program: elimination of the global achievement gap (8) and character formation (9).  All program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding and competency in teacher standards.
  2. Lead by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by the school community.
  3. Lead by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to pupil learning and staff professional growth.
  4. Ensure management of the organization, operations, finances, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  5. Collaborate with families and community members to respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  6. Act with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner that models strong character for the school and community.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding, respond to, and interact with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that affect schools and learning.
  8. Apply evidence based leadership practices to identify and resolve barriers to student achievement and eliminate achievement gaps.
  9. Identify, develop, and sustain a school and community culture  that supports character formation.

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MBA Education Leadership Program Director

Dr. Ruth BarrattDr. Ruth Barratt
(414) 277-2230


Legal Seminars on Wednesday Evenings

Attorneys Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler of Buelow Vetter Law Firm have agreed to offer a Legal Issues Seminar to our program graduates and their associates.


  • September 27, 2017
  • November 29, 2017
  • January 31, 2018
  • April 25, 2018

Time: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Social Time; Food & Beverages)

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Legal Issues Presentation, Discussion, Q&A)

Program Design:             

Topic Related Case Law Readings in a digital format will be provided in advance of each session.  Format:  Presentation on the selected topic for the evening followed by discussion and Q&A.  At the end of each event there will be some time for addressing current or “headline” issues.


$5.00 per session for MBAEL Alumni and Current Students

$10.00 per session for MBAEL Alumni/Student Guests

Selected Topics               

September 27, 2017

  • Special Education Law
  • Diversity, Transgender, and Related Equity Issues
  • Current Topics/Headline Issues

November 29, 2017

  • Student Expression, Dress Codes, Free Speech
  • Electronics in School: Social Media, Bullying on-line; Student Record Apps, Public Records, Privacy Rights
  • Current Topics/Headline Issues

January 31, 2018

  • Student Discipline, Due Process, Student Rights, Search & Seizure
  • Parent Demands/Dictation of School Response, Privacy Rights/ Right to Know
  • Current Topics/Headline Issues

April 25, 2018

  • Statutory Employment Rights: Public, Private, Choice
  • Termination: Removal, Dismissal, Contract Non-Renewal
  • Current Topics/Headline Issues

You can choose to attend one or all of the seminars; this is invitational and offered as a benefit to you as program alumni and students.  You are also welcome to bring a colleague or two as invited guests.  Food and beverages will be simple (think pizza, etc.), but will allow for some social time and sustenance after a busy work day.

You are asked to RSVP a minimum of one week in advance of each meeting date by emailing: rachelboechler@gmail.comPlease note your name and current email address along with the name and email address of any guest you intend to bring.  We need the number in attendance to plan for food and room size and email addresses to send out pertinent case studies to read in advance of the session.  You only need to respond if you are planning to attend.

We hope you find this offering to be of interest and benefit.  We are proud of you as our graduates and want to do everything we can to assure you have success in all aspects of your leadership practice.  Also, it will be great fun to see you and catch up!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this offering or any other support you might need.

Rachel Boechler


MBA EL Retreat

A retreat opportunity for MSOE MBAEL Program Graduates, Colleagues and Educators at large focused on Reflection, Renewal & Re-commitment

MBA EL Retreat Document

When: Friday, December 1 at 8:30 am – Saturday, December 2 at 4:30 pm
Where: Cedar Valley Retreat & Conference Center

As educational leaders, we are faced with full and active days, ever-increasing expectations, and multiple stakeholder needs. We may find ourselves questioning ourselves, our ability to lead our teams, and/or wondering about next steps in work and life.

In this retreat, you are invited to join with other educational leaders to come together to reflect, renew, and reconnect with the passion, courage and sense of purpose that drew you to the work you do. We will explore not only the unique gifts, responsibilities and perspectives you bring to your work but also ways to build greater capacity within your staff members.

Who Should Attend:
Educators seeking opportunity for reflection and renewal as a means of enhancing their own leadership practice and well-being as well as the exploring ways to enhance the well-being of their staff and school culture as a whole.

Retreat is focused on:

  • Renewing heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of our inner wisdom, our gifts and limitations and our identity and integrity as leaders.
  •  Creating a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession
  • Helping participants create trustworthy spaces for teaching, leading, and working – within schools and school communities.
  • Exploring the connection between attending to the inner dimension of our lives and the impact we have on the schools and communities we live and work in.
  • Introducing Leading Together: Building Adult Relational Trust in Schools; practices designed to enhance school culture.


Rachel Boechler Ph.D. has 25+ years of experience in K-12 education in roles ranging from teacher to superintendent. She also was Chief Operating Officer for a CA based HR consulting firm and Chairperson in the College of Education & Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. Rachel is the founder of OnPurpose Consulting, a firm dedicated to developing purpose driven leaders and organizations. She has been associated with the Center for Courage & Renewal since 2000 and is the past Board Chair. Rachel currently works as the Director of Coaching & Alumni Relations at MSOE in the MBA in Education Leadership program.

Kirstin Anglea, Ed.D. has 20+ years of experience in education as a public school teacher and administrator. She served as Assistant Professor at Cardinal Stritch University and Chair of the Master of Arts Teacher Education program. She also contributed to the founding of an environmental charter school in Milwaukee. Kirstin’s doctoral work focused on teacher and school renewal based on the work of Parker Palmer and others. As an experienced facilitator, she has been associated with the Center for Courage & Renewal since 2014. Currently, Kirstin is the Environmental Education Manager at Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee.

$150.00 per Participant; ($135 for double occupancy)
• Includes lodging, meals, retreat facilitation & materials. Single rooms available on first come, first serve basis.
• MBAEL Alumni and students, colleagues of MBAEL program participants and educational leaders at large (in both formal and informal leadership roles)