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Fully Online Program For Your Convenience

The University of Vermont's Online Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (EDLP) cultivates innovative leaders who can build and strengthen communities in a variety of educational and social service settings. Through research-informed coursework you will learn to think and act creatively, responsibly, and effectively in leadership roles that make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, adults, families, and communities.

Our unique program caters to professionals engaged in education, health and human services, government, policy, law enforcement, and other fields. Students broaden and deepen their practical knowledge as a way to improve or expand their contributions in the field. 

Funding and Tuition Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

An Accelerated Master's Pathway is available for current UVM undergraduate students.

  • "The mentorship and education I received were absolutely incredible and priceless. Courses are interesting and impactful, faculty are experts in the field, and the program sets students up for success. My niche research interests were supported and encouraged, and I have UVM to thank for many of the opportunities I have taken advantage of since graduation. Years after graduating, I can still reach out to my advisors and mentors from UVM for support as a scholar."

    -Benjamin C. Kennedy, M.Ed.

Program Themes

Major themes in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies M.Ed. program:

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Social justice
  • Teaching and learning
  • Organizational renewal and change
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Social institutions, diversity and equity
  • Systems context and management
  • Inquiry, reflection and action
  • Policy, law and finance

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes include the following:

  • Understanding alternative perspectives on leadership that support the development of more just, humane, and diverse organizations
  • Constructing effective ways to demonstrate caring and collaborative leadership
  • Creation of networks that support transformative leadership and change

Coursework & Degree Requirements


Information Sessions (Online)

Meet our faculty and learn more about the program at one of our virtual information sessions:

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Application Information

With your application, you will need to include a statement of purpose, three letters of reference, and copies of all official transcripts.


  • May 1 for summer or fall semester
  • November 1 for spring semester


International Students: UVM is not able to issue an immigration document for participation in this program.


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