Winthrop University: Graduate School - MEd in Educational Leadership Admission Requirements
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MEd Educational Leadership

Application requirements include:

1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee;

2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. A statement of goals; 

4. A copy of your current South Carolina State Department of Education Class III Professional Certificate or the equivalent from another state;

5. Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 


Submit an official GRE score of 151 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 153 on the Quantitative Reasoning Section  OR Submit an official score of 392 or above on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program will waive the GRE/MAT requirement until further notice.

6. Present two recommendations to include a recommendation from the applicant's current principal and district level administrator. In the online application you will be required to enter the names and email addresses for your current principal and district level administration. They will then receive an email asking them to complete the online recommendation form.

7. Complete a pre-entrance assessment based on the 7 standards of the National Board for Educational Administration. (Interview, presentation and writing sample).

Note: The first 6 application items must be submitted before receiving the pre-entrance assessment information.

Pre-entrance interviews will be conducted once the application materials are received. The admissions committee considers all the requirements previously listed when making the admissions decisions. Applicants will receive notification of the Admissions Committee's decision from the Graduate School Office. Admission to the Educational Leadership program is competitive. New admissions classes will not exceed 25 candidates. 


The MEd in Educational Leadership is offered in a cohort fashion with sequenced specialty studies being offered six to nine hours per semester. A candidate who drops out of the program will have to wait a full year to re-enroll on a space available basis. 

Last Updated: 4/22/20