Master of Education in K-12 School Administration

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November 1 — Spring Semester   *   March 1 — Summer Semester   *   July 1 — Fall Semester (*late fee will be charged, but will be reimbursed by the department via textbook purchases after admission)

 Applicants for the K12 School Administration M.Ed. program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • undergrad GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • current Utah Professional Educator License;
  • experience teaching in a public, charter, or private school.
Application Process

Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the University of Utah Apply Yourself (AY) online application system.

  Apply Yourself Application Link

IMPORTANT:  Under the Program Information section on the AY application, first choose your program of interest, which is Educational Ldrship & Policy MEd. Then choose your area of emphasis -  K12 School Administration. 

Please upload the following under the appropriate sections on the Apply Yourself application:

Specifics to ELP Department Admission Information
1.  Written Essays - please respond to and upload ALL three prompts! Upload into Writing Essay section. Leave Statement of Purpose section blank. If system will not allow you to move past without uploading something, then just upload a file that simply says “statement of purpose” into that section.

Prompt #1:  Explain why you have chosen school administration as a future career path.  Describe how you have demonstrated your leadership potential as an educator.  Include why the University of Utah program is the best fit for you.  Please limit your response to 250 words or less.

Prompt #2:  Describe a time you intentionally designed a powerful learning experience for students.  How did you design this experience and what were the results?  Please limit your response to 300 words or less.

Prompt #3: Describe a specific situation where you have demonstrated leadership as an educator that furthered access, equity and diversity within schools. How did this experience illustrate your potential as a social justice leader?  Please limit your response to 300 words or less.

2.  Resume.

Submit a resume that outlines your educational professional history.  Be specific in the roles you have had that demonstrate leadership potential (i.e. experiences as department chair, committee chair, specialist assignments, professional development leader/coach, etc.)

3.    Recommendation Forms.  

Submit through AY a confidential letter of recommendation from your current supervisor.  In addition, submit two other letters of recommendation from either a supervisor (current or previous) or a professional colleague.  All letters will need to address your leadership capabilities and potential.

4.   Current copy of your educator evaluation and copy of current Utah Professional Educator License (out of state licenses accepted). Please email these two documents directly to Marilynn Howard at

 PLEASE NOTE:  We do NOT require a GRE test score

Screening Interview

selected applicants will be invited to a screening interview activity that
includes a combination of individual and group activities.

Applicants are responsible to ensure that all application materials are provided on or prior to the application semester deadline. Applications that are incomplete at the application deadline will not be considered.

If you have questions or concerns at any time please contact the program director, Dr Shari Fraser at 801.581.6714 or

Last Updated: 10/9/20