Master's Degree – Two Summers

"The Two-Summers MA program gave me the ability to reflect on my past work in independent schools while learning about current educational trends that could be applied directly as the Head of an independent high school. The curriculum is tailor-made for those with aspirations of leading a school into the 21st century. Without a doubt, the program has made me a better Head of School and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to continue my learning with like-minded individuals whose passion for learning is second to none." Gordon McNeil LA‘11, Sage Hill School, CA

The Two-Summer MA Program is a challenging program that offers selected candidates the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to lead independent schools in America and abroad.

It allows educators to pursue studies over the course of two intensive summer sessions and undertake site-based research projects and practica at their school of employment during the intervening year. A capstone project is completed after the second summer. The program draws prominent faculty from throughout the university including Columbia University School of Law as well as Teachers College.

Candidates are selected from among sitting administrators and aspiring school leaders with a minimum of three years head teaching experience in independent schools. Because there is considerable collaboration with the sponsoring school, Leadership Academy students must be endorsed by their respective Heads of School. Sponsoring schools are asked to consider granting some release time to allow students to do research and practica during the academic year. In some cases, schools also agree to help fund the student's degree program or fund forgivable loans.

Successful completion of the 18-month program leads to a 32-point Master of Arts degree, or a 60-point Master of Education degree for those who have already completed graduate work in a teaching discipline or another field of study relevant to school leadership. Up to 30 points of transfer credit may be accepted.