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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Leadership and Policy Studies - School Administration and Supervision Concentration, (MS)


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Master of Science (MS)


The Department offers the Master of Science degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with concentrations in (1) School Administration and Supervision, a Scholars II Program in Instructional Leadership—a program leading to licensure as a school leader, (2) Leadership, and (3) Student Personnel.

Program Admission


  1. Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the University Graduate School that includes:
    1. A completed admissions application
    2. An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. GRE is required for master’s degree even in cases where applicant already has one master’s degree.
    3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses.
  2. In addition, each applicant to the M.S. School Administration and Supervision (SAS) must submit a portfolio to the Department of Leadership that includes:
    1. Letter of application
    2. Professional resume
    3. Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead
    4. A brief statement of professional goals
    5. Evidence of current teacher certification
    6. Examples of students’ work
    7. A personal interview preceded by a writing sample will be scheduled with each applicant and an admission decision will be made following the personal interview. The decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above and obtained during the personal interview. Interested applicants are required to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more complete statement of admission guidelines and requirements for a Tennessee administrative license. All students seeking licensure must take the appropriate state-required examination at the conclusion of their program.
    8. Deadline for submission of all application material is the 3rd Friday in February for the summer semester, the 3rd Friday in June for the fall semester, and the 3rd Friday in September for the spring semester.
  3. In addition to #1 above, each applicant to the M.S. in Leadership or M.S. in Student Personnel must submit:
    1. Letter of application
    2. Professional resume
    3. Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead
    4. Brief statement of professional goals
    5. The admission decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above. Interested applicants are required to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more complete statement of admission guidelines.
    6. Deadline for submission of all application material for M.S. Leadership concentration and M.S. Student Personnel concentration is April 1 for summer and fall semesters, and November 1 for spring semester.

Students completing the MS or EdD in Leadership and Policy Studies will: (1) have developed their skills in leadership, change, policy formulation, the student’s program and stewardship of a vision of effectiveness that is shared by others in the organization; (2) have had opportunities to analyze data and its relationship to organizational effectiveness; (3) have concentrated their studies in (a) School Administration and Supervision, (b) Leadership, or (c) Student Personnel (MS only); and (4) have concentrated their studies in an area of specialization.

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admission Regulations , Academic Regulations , and Minimum Degree Requirements ) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

Program Requirements


  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all students to obtain the master’s degree.
  2. Students will take 9 hours of the departmental core: LEAD 7000 , LEAD 7100 , and EDPR 7521 ; and 27 other hours of approved courses in their concentration.
  3. The following policies in the Department of Leadership are exceptions to the policies of the Graduate School:
    1. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit can be counted toward the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.
    2. A maximum of six (6) hours of course work can be validated in the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.

Administration/Supervision Licensure Program:


The department maintains a program leading to licensure for students holding an appropriate master’s degree

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