MA Program Distinctives
Baylor's MA in School Leadership offers an academic experience that is enhanced by Baylor's Christian environment and designed so that educators can manage the course schedule along with their career.
Grounded in Christ
The Baylor program is grounded in Christ, theory, and practice. As Christians, our work is animated by our faith, and we bring that mission to everything we do. We teach and lead for human flourishing because we believe our students and colleagues are made in the image of God. Our role as school leaders is to walk alongside others as we help them become who God created them to be. Sound educational theory informs our inquiry and practice as we seek to serve others well and holistically. Regardless of the school you are called to serve — public or independent — we seek to do justice, walk humbly, and lead wisely.
MA students will learn about all school contexts as public and independent school leaders work alongside one another on common problems of practice. The diverse school contexts in which MA students serve will enrich the experience of the cohort model as we learn from the adaptive challenges and opportunities of particular contexts. Whether a leader serves in a small independent school or a large urban school, we have much to learn from diverse perspectives.
The MA is structured to offer a hybrid form of learning that supports connection and convenience. Face-to-face on-campus intensives will build relationships that will flourish as we also work virtually from our own school contexts. The program will launch with a week-long January intensive on Baylor’s beautiful campus. In order to facilitate the cohesiveness of the cohort, we will spend days and evenings sharing meals, experiences, expertise, seminal readings, and meaningful expertise. This will support the virtual collaboration that will occur through one weekly synchronous online session and asynchronous work. In June, we will meet on campus for two additional weeks to deepen our work and complete two additional classes. The cohort will then split into public and independent school cohorts for the next three virtual classes, the internship, for the remainder of the summer and fall. The final spring semester will be devoted to your capstone research that will address a problem of practice in your school.
Courses Done in 1 Year
Within one calendar, students will complete 27 of the required 30 course hours. After one year, only the Capstone research will remain for the final semester. Within the first three trimesters, you will complete 27 hours of coursework and an internship. While this will make for an intense year, the final semester can then be devoted to your Capstone research.
+1 semester of Capstone Research
The culminating experience for MA students will be Capstone research based on improvement science. During the final you will conduct focused research on solving a problem of practice at your school. Using improvement science, leaders will identify a problem of practice in their school context, identify a solution, and through an iterative process will execute and evaluate that solution.