Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership is a post master’s degree designed to prepare individuals for senior leadership positions. The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework (excluding Comprehensive Exam and Professional Paper credits) beyond the master’s degree, taken from 500 and 600 level EDLD courses. Upon completion of coursework, or in the final semester of coursework, Ed.S. candidates are required to complete the Comprehensive Exam (EDLD 594). The Comprehensive Exam will consist of 4 take-home questions, which the student must answer in essay format with a maximum of 4 double spaced pages with size 12 font per question. Completed Comprehensive Exams must be returned to the department office one week prior to the end of the semester. Per Graduate School policy D3.400, one retake of the Comprehensive Exam is permitted. 

Upon successful completion of comprehensive exams, a professional paper will be required for graduation. The topic of the paper must be approved by the student’s advisor, and should include action research or a thorough literature review. Students should consult their program advisor for guidance on the Professional Paper. Approval may be required for research. Ed.S. candidates should complete 6 credits of EDLD 599 (Professional Paper), consisting of field level research or literature review conducted by the student.

How to Apply
Though there are no deadlines for applications for the Department of Educational Leadership, applicants must submit all materials at least one semester before they wish to begin taking classes.
1. Online Application to the Graduate School
2. Three Letters of Reference
One letter must be from an immediate supervisor. If you have taken courses from professors in the College of Education, you can request that they complete an internal Student Evaluation. This evaluation can be used in place of a letter of recommendation. To request an internal evaluation form, contact (406) 243-5586 or
3. Official Transcripts for your Master's Degree and any subsequent coursework
4. Official Scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) General Test or any national normed college entrance exam (e.g., Miller’s Analogy, LSAT). In addition, international students will need to provide TOEFL scores. The UM Testing Code is: 7544
5. Current Resume
6. Statement of Purpose (e.g., Letter of Intent)