Master of Arts in Philosophy - Educational Leadership Program (MA-EL)

Guiding Principles

The MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) is a graduate program rooted in the Christian faith and designed for school teachers and administrators seeking to build their capacity as educators and leaders within the context of their school. Combining ICS's rich history in integrally Christian scholarship with the commitment to inquiry-based learning, this program inspires and equips educators to create innovative, challenging, and just learning environments that contribute to God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world. Overall, this program is committed to being:
  • Biblically informed and focused on the love embodied by Christ 
  • Deeply contextualized and relevant for educators
  • Aligned with one's own professional passion and practice
  • Rooted in wisdom and a sound methodology

One Program, Multiple Possibilities

This program is a typical 42-credit hour course of study offered part-time and building on one's current work as an educational leader. Our program is delivered through mostly asynchronous online courses with two being offered as synchronous online courses. Each student receives individualized mentoring throughout their time in the program. All courses involve some live, interactive online events that will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Communication with instructors is facilitated primarily through discussion boards in Google Classroom and/or email.

Two specializations are available in this program:



An organizational specialization for current and prospective school administrators


An instructional leadership
specialization for K-12 teachers in the classroom

Both streams of this program consist of 10 term courses that are offered once a year based on a two-year rotating schedule (as noted on the Course Schedule page) and can be completed in one of the following ways:


Take one course each semester over a total of ten terms (3 years and 1 month)


 Take courses during summers only. Each course is offered every other summer on a two-year rotation during the month of August.



Take courses at your own pace when it best suits your schedule.

Program Details and Application

The cost of the full program is $21,000. More information about tuition and additional fees can be found on the tuition page. This program is open to current Christian educators who have a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. To apply, complete the application form, write a 500-750 word purpose statement, provide official transcripts, and provide two letters of academic or professional reference and one letter of personal reference. Your statement of purpose should explain how you see the MA-EL fitting in with your own educational/professional goals. The transcripts should be sent directly to ICS from the issuing school.

If you meet these requirements, please submit an application, or contact the Academic Registrar Elizabet Aras for more details about the program.

* This page is currently under revision.