MBA in Education Leadership

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The MSOE MBA in Education Leadership is an innovative new model of school leader preparation, which will prepare a new breed of school leader to enact transformational change in Wisconsin schools.

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The MBA in Education Leadership is designed to provide the business knowledge and leadership development that is missing from traditional master’s in education programs.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is guiding development of the new MBA in Education Leadership at MSOE. The new MBA will prepare leaders who can become outstanding principals leading schools and districts in Wisconsin, and bring American schools up to world-class levels of performance.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Nominations for 2016 Now Open

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Program Features and Benefits

  • The program focuses on developing personal traits and characteristics of effective leaders with support for long-term professional development.
  • The 15 month program of study draws from best practices in business, leadership, and education including the areas of leadership, finance, human resources, instruction, systems thinking, technology, and organizational change.
  • A clinical practicum occurs as a series of course-based field projects, which are identified in a planning session with the student, school or district, and MSOE program leaders. Projects are designed to advance K-12 initiatives within the district, and provide an authentic leadership development experience.
  • National and international business and education experts will enhance program content through guest lectures on state-of-the-art topics.
  • Throughout the program, students will hold positions in their schools or districts, with clinical practicum field projects completed as part of work assignments.

Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership

  • All nominated students who complete the application process will be considered for a Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship.
  • Fellows will receive a generous stipend for tuition and expenses.
  • Following program completion, Fellows are expected to serve as principals or school leaders in Wisconsin for a period of at least three years.
  • Fellows will receive three years of professional leadership mentoring in their roles as principals or school leaders.
  • The schools and districts, and the Fellows, will be promoted through media and press coverage at both state and national levels.
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Admission Requirements


Financial Aid

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

MBA Education Leadership

Dr. Ruth Barratt

Education Director

Patricia E. Neudecker, Ph.D.

MBA in Education Leadership Curriculum

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship FoundationAs a pioneering program within the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership, the MBA in Education Leadership at MSOE incorporates the knowledge, skills and dispositions derived from curriculum standards for graduate management education and school leader preparation. The andragogy-based delivery approach is built on an innovative course model that arranges new content in a way that mirrors application. This allows the learner to apply the content in class-based case analysis, culminating in authentic integration of new knowledge through a project-based field practicum during which competencies are shaped and assessed.

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:

  1. Rise to significant leadership positions in PK-12 education.
  2. Direct innovative educational initiatives and formulate policies using sound analytical skills and evidence-based practice.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate the on-going development and integration of effective leadership traits and ethical principles into personal and professional personas.
  5. Build and sustain relationships among diverse constituents, stakeholders, and policy makers that foster a culture conducive to high student achievement.
  6. Develop the next generation of teachers who will continue to pursue global excellence in student achievement.
  7. Design and establish systemic processes, protocols, and technologies to develop and empower high-performance teams and teachers to drive student achievement.
  8. Manage school environments to foster student achievement, realize staff development, and nurture the public trust.
  9. Influence and enact Wisconsin school law and education policy to enhance the learning environment

Student Outcomes

The program content is based on curricular standards from the Association for the Advancement of Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB) and key outcomes and competencies from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction principal licensure program. Outcomes and competencies common to both disciplines form the course core, with education-specific content realized through case studies and the clinical practicum.

Please contact the program director for a complete list of expected student outcomes and competencies.

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