Design Your Own Emphasis Area

A unique feature of the MS in Educational Leadership degree is the Emphasis Area.  In addition to the 18-credit core course requirement, students explore an area of interest for the remaining 12 credits to degree.


Transfer of Credits

Transfer credit is course credit earned at another institution that is accepted into your program here. Credit earned prior to program admission will be evaluated at the time of admission. Students who have been admitted to the graduate program and wish to take course work at another institution should enroll as a Guest Matriculate at that institution and secure prior approval from the Program Coordinator if you hope to apply these credits to your program. At the conclusion of the course you will need to have an official transcript sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Criteria for Accepting Graduate Credits

As per Office of Graduate Studies policy (see Graduate Bulletin ), up to nine credits may be transferred into the Master of Science Educational Leadership program. Credits earned prior to being accepted into the program will be evaluated when you apply. Decisions on those credits will then be indicated on your acceptance form.


Criteria include the following:

  • The course instructor is a regular graduate faculty member of an accredited institution, or the instructor has the qualifications comparable to regular graduate faculty and has the approval as an adjunct faculty member at the transfer institution.

  • The course is acceptable in a graduate degree program at the transfer institution.

  • The course syllabus is available with objectives, evaluation methods, and bibliography.

  • The course has formal meeting times and complies with the normal rule of no more than one course credit earned per week and 14 contact hours (60 minutes each) per semester credit.

  • The course is offered at a location close to a university (professional) library.

  • The academic program and/or institution are appropriately accredited.

  • The seven-year time limit is applicable for all courses to be part of a master's degree.

  • Independent study, seminars and workshops are generally not acceptable as transfer credits.

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Educational Leadership

College of Education and Human Services 

800 Algoma Blvd.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Marguerite W. Parks, Chair

Karen Gibson, Grad Coordinator

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