The University of Maine at Farmington’s Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare professional educators for leadership roles in educational settings. It uses a blended format: 30% face-to-face instruction / 70% online.

The UMF M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed for practicing teachers who want to become exceptional educational leaders. It contributes to the intellectual and professional growth of practicing educators through a rigorous and supportive course of study, one that respects and builds upon your experiences in the field.

The M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership program is:

  • Designed specifically for educators who wish to become leaders in their classrooms, schools, districts, or other educational settings
  • Delivered in blended format (70% online / 30% face-to-face)
  • Requires 33 graduate credit hours, including 21 credit hours from the core curriculum
  • Emphasizes school improvement knowledge and skills grounded in action research
  • Organized in a cohort format, where students complete the 21-credit required core program together
  • Requires a technologically current computer, an up-to-date web browser, and high-speed Internet access

The cohesive student-centered program models excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice. The 33-credit program, which includes a 12-credit concentration, helps competent teachers become effective educational leaders.

We Use a Blended Approach: In-Person and Online

Program delivery is a blended format. This means approximately 30% of the program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and 70% will be delivered online.


The UMF M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is offered in a cohort format, with students typically admitted to a cohort each summer. Participants are expected to progress through the degree program with their cohort. Completion of the degree takes two to three years, including summers.

The program culminates with the execution of an action research project. The action research project, which takes place during the final two courses, focuses on classroom practice or school improvement. It includes planning, intervention strategies, data collection and analysis, and the production of a professional report supported by a presentation to faculty and peers.


The Master of Science in Education program is approved as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation of the University of Maine at Farmington.