2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Educational Leadership

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

All 24 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in educational leadership programs. At #1, Buena Vista University offers an online Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction for only $3,750 per year. Students at Buena Vista University can also pursue a concentration in Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership. Valdosta State University, ranked #2, offers an annual tuition rate of $4,102 for its Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Buena Vista University $3,750
# 2 #2 Valdosta State University $4,102
# 3 (tie) #3 (tie) California Coast University $4,485
# 3 (tie) #3 (tie) Campbellsville University $4,485
# 5 #5 Evangel University $4,500
# 6 #6 Northeastern State University $4,518
# 7 #7 West Texas A&M University $4,723
# 8 #8 Fitchburg State University $4,896
# 9 #9 Mississippi College $4,968
# 10 #10 University of New Mexico $5,155
# 11 #11 Fort Hays State University $5,179
# 12 #12 Georgia College & State University $5,184
# 13 #13 Columbus State University $5,418
# 14 #14 Southeast Missouri State University $5,475
# 15 #15 East Central University $5,714
# 16 #16 Aspen University $5,850
# 17 #17 University of North Alabama $5,950
# 18 #18 Texas Tech University $6,042
# 19 #19 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 20 #20 University of Sioux Falls $6,120
# 21 #21 The University of Texas at Arlington $6,165
# 22 #22 Lamar University $6,203
# 23 #23 Drury University $6,222
# 24 #24 Pittsburg State University $6,240
#1
#1

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake (IA)
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 283
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (712) 749-2400

Example Classes: Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning, Cognition and Instruction: Research Based Instructional Strategies, Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners, Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners, Effective Coaching and Instructional Design, Instructional Leadership and Professional Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction - Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,102
Annual Tuition: $4,102
Annual Tuition: $4,102
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,886
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

Example Classes: Advanced Research Methodology, Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Integration, Managing Resources for School Improvement, School Culture, Change & Organizational Dynamics, Technology Leadership for School Improvement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Example Classes: Cultural Issues in Education, Educational Personnel Management, Ethics in Education, Legal Aspects of Education, Strategic Issues Management, Supervision of Instruction

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. Administration
#3
#3

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Online Degrees: 17
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 913
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 789-5000 x5000

Example Classes: CIA Connections (Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment), Effective Professional Development, Ethics and School Governance, Nature and Needs of Diverse Populations, Planning and Leading School Improvement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Content
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Curriculum
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Director of Special Education
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Environmental Education Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Gifted Education Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
#5
#5

Evangel University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 250
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 159
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 865-2815

Example Classes: Action Research, Administration of Instructional Programs, Administration of Special Programs, Communications for Effective Leadership, School Law and Ethics, The Principalship

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 896 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (918) 456-5511

Example Classes: Cognitive Learning Styles, Contemporary Issues in Special Education Specific to Visual Impairments, Designing & Assessing Online Instruction, Fundamentals of Public School Administration and Supervision, Legal Aspects of Public School Administration, Public School Relations

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership
  • M.Ed. in School Administration
  • M.S. in Leadership
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $4,723
Annual Tuition: $4,723
Annual Tuition: $4,723
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,356
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,039
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 651-0000

Example Classes: Ethics, Equity, and Diversity, Executive Leadership and Group Dynamics, Experiential Leadership, Human Capital, Multicultural Education, School Culture

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $4,896
Annual Tuition: $4,896
Annual Tuition: $4,896
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 385
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (978) 345-2151

Example Classes: Education Law for the Administrator, Leaders Promoting Success for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Leading the Change Process, Managing Human Resources and Budget Development, School-Community Partnerships, Using Data to Improve Student Learning

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management
#9
#9

Mississippi College

Clinton (MS)
Annual Tuition: $4,968
Annual Tuition: $4,968
Annual Tuition: $4,968
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 193
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 592
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 925-3000

Example Classes: Finance in Higher Education, Issues and Concepts of Personnel Management in Higher Education Administration, Personal/Interpersonal Dimension of Leadership, Political Dimension of Leadership, Student Development Theories/Ethics and Inquiry, The Community College

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
#10
#10

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $5,155
Annual Tuition: $5,155
Annual Tuition: $5,155
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,596
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111

Example Classes: Data-Informed Instructional Leadership, Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society, Instructional Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation, Leadership for Conflict Resolution in Schools and Organizations, School Finance and Resource Allocation, The Adult Learner

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Educational Leadership
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $5,179
Annual Tuition: $5,179
Annual Tuition: $5,179
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Cultural Diversity, Educational Finance, School and Community Relations, School Law, Special Education for School Leaders, Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - Higher Education Student Affairs
  • Master of Science in Education - Reading Specialist
  • Master of Science in Education - Transition to Teaching (Alternative Certification)
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration - Building Principal
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $5,184
Annual Tuition: $5,184
Annual Tuition: $5,184
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 15
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 888
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 342-0471

Example Classes: Continuous Improvement, Equity and Differentiation, Management and Compliance, School Improvement/Capstone, Stakeholder Relationships, Support and Removing Barriers

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Continuous Improvement in Schools, Creating Student Success, Culture, Diversity, and the School, Operations and Management at the School Level, School Law and Ethics, Technology in the Learning Environment

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Higher Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Tier 1 Certification
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
Annual Tuition: $5,475
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,223
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 481
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

Example Classes: Diversity in the Classroom, Education, Law and Society, Family/School Collaboration, Leading with Data, Multimedia in Education, Teaching in a Multicultural Society

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $5,714
Annual Tuition: $5,714
Annual Tuition: $5,714
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 276
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 387
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (580) 332-8000

Example Classes: Advanced Educational Technology Strategies, Classroom Behavior Modification, Modern Philosophies of Education, Public School Finance, The Middle School: Philosophy and Organization, The Principalship

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology
#16
#16

Aspen University

Denver (CO)
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 0%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,413
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (303) 333-4224

Example Classes: Classroom Environments and Management, Communicating and Framing Leadership Issues and Decisions, Educational Innovation, Ethics and Educational Law, Integrating Technologies Across the Curriculum, Shaping School and Community Cultures

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Transformational Leadership
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1015 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 700
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Applied Research for Professionals, Globalization and Society, Leadership, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution, Organizations, Institutions, and Change, Professional Communications, Professional Ethics in a Multicultural World

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education Administration
#18
#18

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,042
Annual Tuition: $6,042
Annual Tuition: $6,042
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

Example Classes: Decision Making, Finance & Personnel in Schools, Implementation Challenges, Leading Teams, School Based Leadership

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Non-Certification)
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Principal-Certification)
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: Administration of Special Programs, Fundamentals of Educational Leadership, Public School Law, School Resource Management, Synthesis of Educational Leadership, The School Principalship K-12

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Athletic Director
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
#20
#20

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls (SD)
Annual Tuition: $6,120
Annual Tuition: $6,120
Annual Tuition: $6,120
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 63
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 135
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 331-5000

Example Classes: Current Issues in Management, Foundations of Postsecondary Education, Internship in Adult and Higher Education, Managing Organizational Dynamics, Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Sociology of Adult Education

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $6,165
Annual Tuition: $6,165
Annual Tuition: $6,165
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 11,115
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,709
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (817) 272-2011

Example Classes: Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation, Diversity in Educational Settings, Educational Research and Evaluation, Leadership in the Instructional Setting, Political and Legal Aspects of Education, The Principalship

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
#22
#22

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,203
Annual Tuition: $6,203
Annual Tuition: $6,203
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,222
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (409) 880-7011

Example Classes: Curriculum Management, Fundamentals of Leadership and Technology, Internship in Principal, Leadership for Accountability, Organization & Management Issues, School Community Relations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
  • Master of Education in Administration
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership - ESL
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership - Gifted and Talented
#23
#23

Drury University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $6,222
Annual Tuition: $6,222
Annual Tuition: $6,222
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1045 -1225
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 873-7879

Example Classes: Advanced Educational Psychology & Assessment, Developing and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities, Leadership Techniques, Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Society, The Sociological Foundations of Educational Practices

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Instructional Coaching
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 916 -1185
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 231-7000

Example Classes: Administration and Supervision of Special Education, Educational Leadership Policy and Practice, Practicum in Educational Leadership - Building Level Administration, The Principalship

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Educational Leadership
  • MS in Educational Leadership - Non-Thesis: Building Level Leader
  • MS in Educational Leadership - Non-Thesis: Educational Leader
  • MS in Educational Leadership - Thesis: Building Level Leader
  • MS in Educational Leadership - Thesis: Educational Leader