Admission and Financial Aid Overview

MSE in Educational Leadership and Optional Principal Licensure

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Admission Information

University of Dayton’s Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Educational Leadership online program, with an optional path to principal licensure, offers class start dates three times per year — in January, May and September. Applications are now being accepted for the start dates listed below; admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Admission Information
Cohort Start Early Priority Deadline Priority Deadline Final Deadline
May 6, 2019 Closed Closed March 15, 2019
Sept. 2, 2019 May 10, 2019 June 14, 2019 July 12, 2019

Early application is strongly recommended, and the sooner you apply, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. If you apply by the priority deadline, you will receive an application fee waiver. Contact your admission counselor to find out if you are eligible for an application fee waiver prior to submitting your application.

Application Requirements

If you are looking to grow as an educational leader, share ideas and experiences, and learn from others, then we’re looking for you. Ideal candidates are committed to the field of education and able to work in collaborative learning environments.

To be eligible to apply to the MSE in Educational Leadership online program with optional principal licensure, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a strong academic record.
  • Provide proof of a valid teaching license if also applying to the optional principal licensure program.

Application Submission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MSE in Educational Leadership program, applicants must submit the following items:

  • Online application
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • $50 application fee if applying after the priority deadline
  • Valid teaching license and a letter of employment verification if applying to the optional principal licensure program
  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities sent directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. We request all transcripts be sent to:

    Application Processing Services
    University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences
    7900 Harkins Road
    Suite 501
    Lanham, MD 20706

Transcripts being sent electronically can be emailed to appsvcs@educationonline.udayton.edu to ensure delivery.

An optional personal essay and standardized test scores (MAT or GRE) may be submitted for the admission committee to consider while evaluating your application. The admission committee reserves the right to request a GRE/MAT score from any applicant in order to make a more informed admission decision. We encourage you to speak with an admission counselor about whether a test score can support your candidacy.

Take the next step toward furthering your career; start your application today.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition

Students enrolled in the online MSE in Educational Leadership and optional principal licensure program are charged tuition on a per-credit basis. The current rate of tuition for the MSE program is $1,030 per credit hour.

Tuition
Program Track Number of Credits Estimated Cost
MSE in Educational Leadership 30 $30,9001
MSE in Educational Leadership + Principal Licensure 42 $43,2601
1 Based on the 2018-19 cost per credit hour Return to footnote reference

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Dayton offers multiple scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, eligible students do not need to complete a separate application and should contact their admission counselor.

Local Scholarship

The University of Dayton values giving back to its community and offers a partial scholarship to local students. This scholarship does not require a separate application and applies to students who live in the following Ohio counties surrounding the University of Dayton:

  • Butler
  • Clark
  • Darke
  • Greene
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Preble
  • Warren

If you live in one of these counties, please reach out to your admission counselor to discuss your eligibility for the local scholarship and to take the next steps.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid programs, which include federal student loans. We encourage candidates to apply for financial aid as early as possible.

You must be registered for a minimum of three credits in order to qualify for financial aid on a term basis. Students who choose to take a less accelerated path toward completion of the degree should be aware that this will affect federal financial aid eligibility.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you plan to apply for financial aid to help fund your online studies at the University of Dayton, you will need to complete the following steps.

Applying for PLUS Loans

Contact a financial aid counselor to evaluate your need for additional funding through sources such as a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan from the Department of Education or alternative loans from various private lenders.

  • Prior to borrowing through the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program, or any additional private/alternative loan, you may need to review credit reports for potential issues. Contact any of the following credit bureaus for information: Experian, Equifax or TransUnion.
  • To apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete the credit application PLUS Loan request on the Federal Student Aid Website.

When You Are Admitted

Upon admission to a University of Dayton program and successful completion of the federal requirements, you will receive an email in your University of Dayton email account directing you to Porches, which is our student portal.

  • If you are awarded and accept a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, complete the Entrance Counseling and electronically sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Federal Student Aid Website.
  • Your financial aid award package will reflect all loan eligibility, which may include a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If you are awarded a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan and choose to accept, you must not have an adverse credit history and must complete an application and appropriate MPN for this loan. If declined for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you can reapply with a co-signer (endorser) or appeal the denial through the Department of Education on the Federal Student Aid Website.

If you have any questions about tuition and financial aid at the University of Dayton, please email us at financialaid@educationonline.udayton.edu, visit our Financial Aid FAQ page or view our Financial Aid Checklist.

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