Educational and Global Leadership (EGL) Concentration

Master of arts

Program course requirements

Credits required: 30*

Course number and  titleCredits
Leadership core: 6 hours
EDLD 6020: Educational Leadership, Systems and Change 3
EDLD 6795: Capstone in Educational and Global Leadership (with 150 hour field experience) 3
Research core: 3 hours
EMR 5400: Fundamentals of Evaluation, Measurement and Research 3
Educational and Global Leadership Specialization: 12
EDLD 6030: Global Leadership 3
EDLD 6515: Foundation of Global Education 3
OCL 6410: Organizational Culture and Globalization 3
OCL 6430: Group Dynamics and Team Development in an Age of Globalization 3
Focused electives** 9 hours

Industry highlights

"Researchers expect growth of nearly 200% in global higher education enrollments through 2040 (Calderon, 2018). As a result of this anticipated growth in enrollment, skilled professionals in educational and global leadership will experience continued demand for their expertise. Through its curriculum and experiential activities, the Educational and Global Leadership program at WMU prepares graduates to fill in-demand positions in the area of international education."Calderon, A. J. (2018). Massification of higher education revisited. RMIT University.

Program overview

This 30 credit concentration in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology is designed for graduate students who wish to develop and enhance their leadership knowledge and skills within educational or other cultural organizations that have an international dimension. It is also designed for students who desire a focus on global education in order to support their educational leadership practice. This program is suitable for students who would like to make an impact in higher education institutions (both domestic and international); international non-profit or non-governmental organizations (NGO); governmental organizations and foundations; international education development agencies; and other organizations that have an international education component.

Why Educational and Global Leadership at WMU?

Have you always been interested in learning about the educational systems in place around the world? Are you interested in learning why some countries outperform others in the educational field? A masters in Educational and Global Leadership will give you the ability to learn about different educational systems around the world and make an impact as a global education leader. You will get the chance to examine data on how and why some educational organizations perform better than others in order to implement meaningful changes in a variety of educational, non-profit and/or governmental organizations. Be prepared to explore various international education practices, worldviews and cultures to gain a better understanding of how educational leadership works in different countries. You will study different research methods, organizational theories, and leadership styles while exploring international education leadership and policy in action.

Who should apply?

The concentration is suitable for students who serve in or aspire to leadership positions within educational organizations with a global dimension; for students who desire a graduate degree in educational leadership and who do not work in traditional educational settings in the U.S., such as K-12 schools or universities; and for the growing number of international students seeking to study Educational Leadership and who want to focus their studies on issues of education, leadership and development in their home countries.

Career opportunities

There are a wide range of careers you can enter after earning this degree. This includes teaching, policy and evaluation, administration, and research roles. Graduates have the ability to work for private and public schools, governmental institutions, businesses, and different foundations. Most jobs will require a master's degree in international education and time spent abroad working in education. Salaries will vary depending on what area of the world you find work in.

The MA in Educational and Global Leadership (EGL) prepares graduates for a variety of careers in:

Higher Education Institutions:

  • Instructor of International Education (additional PhD study may be required)
  • International Admissions/Immigration Advisor
  • International Student Activities Coordinator
  • Study Abroad Specialist

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • International Education Development Specialist
  • International Non-Profit Administrator
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Administrator

Public Sector Employment:

  • Foreign Service Officer (U.S. Department of State)
  • Government Employment - Ministry/Department of Education Professional
  • International Policy and Evaluation Specialist

Employer tuition reimbursement

WMU employees may be eligible for the university's tuition discount program, administered by Human Resources, to assist in completing courses for the program. For more information on WMU's employee tuition discount program and/or to apply for this program, please contact Human Resources.

Program learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. Acquire knowledge of other countries and cultures, using the education system as a means of analyzing, interpreting and translating knowledge across cultures.
  2. Utilize theory to support applications of leadership practice within complex international and multinational contexts.
  3. Develop skills necessary to lead diverse, global teams in various educational, non-profit and cultural agencies.
  4. Recognize contemporary and future trends in the field of global education.

Helpful links


D. Eric Archer, PhD, CCLS

Application information

Applications are accepted three times per year, with the following priority deadlines indicated below:

  • June 1 for Fall admission
  • November 1 for Spring admission
  • April 1 for Summer admission

Applications received after the priority deadlines listed above may be reviewed and processed on a space available basis and at the discretion of the faculty program coordinator.

Application requirements

WMU EGL admission criteria

In accordance with the Western Michigan University and Graduate College policies, all applicants are expected to meet the same academic standards required for admission consideration. The minimum academic requirements vary, however, by degree level, discipline and admission type. International applicant requirements are also addressed below.

The application can be completed online. Make sure to select Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Educational and Global Leadership (EGL). Students from any academic major are encouraged to apply. Full and part-time students are also welcomed. The application for graduate admission to the EGL MA program requires the following:

1. An official transcript from the institution from which you received your Bachelor degree is required, as well as transcripts from any institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed. 

3. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate coursework.

A student who does not meet the above GPA requirement is encouraged to speak to the faculty program coordinator about their concerns. Generally program faculty look for a record of improved and/or steady academic performance and we need to be confident in a student's ability to not only manage challenging coursework but also the demands of a graduate assistantship and/or field experiences. We will often ask students who fall below this requirement to provide, in writing, an addendum to their written statement to include any pertinent information regarding their past academic performance and anything they may have done to more recently address their previous academic issues to prepare them for graduate study. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be considered but, if admitted, will be admitted on a conditional status with the expectation of receiving and maintaining a 3.0 GPA after the first semester and maintaining that GPA throughout their program.

4. A resume is required and must be submitted within the online application.

5. Written statement: Please prepare a written statement which addresses the information below and submit it within the online application; this written statement will also serve as a writing sample for faculty to review. In three (3) typed, double-spaced pages or less, address the following areas:

a. Explain why you are interested in pursuing the MA in Educational and Global Leadership (EGL);
b. Address how the international emphasis of the program is critical in helping you to achieve your career and professional goals;
c. Discuss any experiences you have had that have helped to prepare you for the EGL program (particularly related to any international experiences);
d. Describe any challenges you anticipate if admitted to the EGL program and how you plan to address them.

6. Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation must be obtained from three different individuals who are able to address the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the EGL graduate degree. Suggested references include: academic advisor, current/former program faculty, job supervisors, etc. Once in the online application system, applicants are asked for the names, titles, and contact information of three references. Once the applicant enters this information, the online application system will send those individuals an email link. The recommenders will then be able to submit their responses through the online application system. The online application system does not require a letter of reference;  however, EGL faculty strongly recommend that all applicants request their references submit a formal letter of reference into the online application system in addition to completing the online reference form they are promoted to submit.

7.  English language proficiency requirements (international applicants only). Desired minimum English language proficiency scores for this M.A. include: 6.5 on IELTS; 227 on TOEFL (CBT), 567 on TOEFL (PBT), or a 86 on TOEFL (iBt), with the following minimum subscores on the TOEFL (iBT): 20 in reading, 20 in listening, 24 in speaking, and 22 in writing. English proficiency scores may be reported within the online application system and official scores must be sent to WMU.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - The MA in Educational and Global Leadership (EGL) does not require the submission of graduate entrance exam scores (i.e., GRE, GMAT, etc.) for admission to the program. 

Internal applicants

Applications for international applicants may be due sooner than the above deadlines to the WMU Office of International Admissions in order to process the student's I-20 and other immigration documents. There are no conditional admissions for international applicants.

*Please note that some of the classes for this concentration are only offered on the main campus, while a few others may also be offered at our regional locations and online.
**Electives approved by faculty advisor to represent an area of specialization within the field of global education (postsecondary/tertiary education, social foundations of education, international education development, area studies and education, research and evaluation, etc.). All electives must be at the graduate-level (5000-level or above). Students without a significant international experience (e.g., having lived/traveled/worked abroad), will be required to complete a 300 hour field experience in global education (EDLD 6585) and/or a study abroad program as one of their focused elective courses in order to successfully complete program degree requirements.