Education Leadership
Schools That Offer an Online MBA in Education Leadership
Capella UniversityMinneapolisMinnesota
Dallas Baptist UniversityDallasTexas
Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenixArizona
Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPennsylvania
University of MichiganAnn ArborMichigan
University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVirginia

With the growth of charter schools, the expansion of private schools and an upsurge in new for-profit schools, the business of education is growing. This means, the industry is in need of talented MBAs to help innovate and transform learning around the world. In response to the demand, business schools around the globe have launched brand new MBA programs or expanded existing ones to include focus areas such as education leadership, education innovation, educational studies, and more.

Job Growth and Earning Potential in the Education Sector

Besides plenty of job opportunities, graduates of these specialized MBA programs can expect job growth that’s faster than average for all occupations for the 2016-2026 decade. Graduates can also expect to earn some of the highest average salaries in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), post-secondary education administrators average $94,340 annually. High performers average $190,600. Training and development managers average $111,340, with high performers averaging $192,970.

The MBA in Education Leadership

Administrators must have an advanced degree from an accredited school to qualify for top positions. An MBA Is fast becoming the desired degree for many employers. And because the education landscape has changed so dramatically over the years, a bachelor’s degree is no longer enough for most training and development management positions either. Most top employers prefer to hire candidates with an MBA or other master’s degree. 

Fortunately, some of the nation’s top schools offer programs that offer a sure path to positions with many major companies and academic institutions. A good example is the MBA/MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Innovation in Education Reform offered through Curry School of Education and the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. A recent venture between the two schools, the two-year program is designed to train and place leaders in public, charter, private, and non-traditional learning spaces.

Other Schools with an Online MBA in Education Leadership

  • Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University, MBA in Educational Leadership
  • College of Business and College of Education at Dallas Baptist University, MBA/MEd Educational Leadership
  • College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University, MBA Educational Leadership
  • School of Business and Technology at Capella University, MBA in Leadership in Educational Administration
  • School of Education (SoE) and Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, MBA/Educational Studies Dual Degree

Students in these and other programs can expect to take a combination of traditional MBA courses and education courses that address the current and future demands of the industry. Sample courses include Problem Solving for Social Change, School Finance/Business Management, Entrepreneurial Approaches to Education Reform, Disruptions in Education, Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change, Economics of Higher Education, Strategic Management for Nonprofits, Education Policy in the United States, Curriculum Design and Evaluation, and Education Public Relations.

Students should be prepared to take on multiple internships, as well as a number of local and global experiences. These experiences, combined with a comprehensive curriculum, ensures that graduates will be prepared to lead in a wide range of education organizations.

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