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School of Education

Master of Science in School Leadership

No App Fee in October: Thank you for your dedication and hard work! We are waiving the application fee for master’s programs in October.


School of Education

Extensive & Experienced


Our 37-credit-hour program prepares future administrators for the issues and challenges found in schools today. The MSSL prepares teachers and qualified school personnel to secure a PK-12 building administration license in Kansas or a certificate in Missouri.

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You can fit graduate studies into your existing schedule by taking classes online with virtual class time. Classes are held year-round. Earn your MSSL in about two years.

Students can obtain a high-incidence special education teaching license in the state of Kansas. Kansas and Missouri typically have reciprocity; however, it is highly encouraged that students outside of Kansas check with the Department of Education in their state to see if this licensure is accepted. 

If you already have a master’s degree, you may want to pursue the building leadership licensure-only option. Students can obtain building licensure in Kansas. Students outside of Kansas should check with the Department of Education in their state to see if this licensure is accepted.

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10% Tuition Discount for Baker Alumni

As a Baker grad, you’ve built the foundation for an excellent career. Keep that momentum going by earning your MAEd, MS-IDPT, MSSL, MSSA, or MSSE degree at Baker. You’re eligible for a 10% alumni tuition discount!


More Info: 913.344.1203 or education@bakerU.edu

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Exceptional Experience


Baker Builds School Leaders

More assistant principals in Kansas schools have earned their master’s degree from Baker than from any other university. And Baker is among the top-four Kansas universities chosen by principals employed in public schools in Kansas. And Baker graduates have a 98% success rate on the licensing exam for principals.

Transfer Hours and Financial Aid


You can apply up to 6 credit hours of approved graduate credit to your degree program. And our graduate programs are approved for federal financial loan programs. Contact Financial Aid for further information.

Faculty Have A Passion For Education

You will learn from highly knowledgeable veteran instructors who have been closely affiliated with many different school districts and have held a variety of administrative positions. They care about the future of education and are driven to build effective leaders in the field.

Requirements and Curriculum

Admission Requirements


Graduation Requirements



Directed Field Experience FAQ

The capstone project consists of directed field experience, which is similar to a practicum and provides you with hands-on experience as you work alongside a practicing school administrator.

1. What is directed field experience?

2. When can I begin my DFE?

3. What happens after my application to begin DFE is received?

4. Are there reasons my application might not be approved?

5. Do I have recourse if my application is not approved?

6. Who are the key people involved in my DFE?

7. How long will the DFE take?

8. How will my DFE be assessed?

9. Will financial aid pay for my DFE credit hours?


What can graduates do with the MSSL degree?

What if I am not sure I want to be a principal?

What licensure can I obtain by completing the MSSL program?

What if I am from Missouri or another state and want to enroll in the program or I move out of state after I have completed the MSSL program?

What grade levels will my administration certificate accommodate?

Do I have to pass a test to get a license as an administrator?

How long do I have after completing the MSSL program to take the SLLA and apply for licensure?

How much time must I commit to my courses to be a successful student? How many hours of homework per week?

Attend a Virtual Information Meeting

Learn the ins and outs of what it will take to earn a degree from Baker University: program curriculum and structure. financial aid options, and the enrollment process. Do you have questions? This is the place for answers.

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