School of Education and Leadership

Master of Education in Principalship

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Why Choose Principalship?

If you are an experienced teaches who desires to take on a building level leadership position, such as principal and assistant principal, consider pursuing the Master of Education in Principalship degree at Wright State. PreK-12 schools of the 21st Century need principals who are instructional leaders with management expertise and people skills that allow them to lead their faculty and staff in ways that produce success for the students and the school. This program, which includes standards-based coursework and field activities, prepares you to become a quality building level leader. 

If you qualify, a principal license only program is also an option.

Successful completion of the principalship program meets the educational requirements for the Ohio Professional Administrator Principal License as regulated by the Ohio Department of Education. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio.  If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Contact Information

Grant Hambright, Ed.D., Program Director



"Best Online Programs—Graduate Education," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom



View the principalship program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.   

Note that 94 percent of our 2018-2019 Principalship graduates were employed in Ohio within a year of graduation. (ODJFS Data Match, 2019). 

The College of Health, Education, and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.  

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Education in Principalship program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog. 

Principalship Program of Study (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on any previous graduate work, if applicable 
  • Current teaching license 
  • Minimum of two years successful classroom teaching 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies (MAT) scores in the 50th percentile or better  

NOTE: Test requirement is waived if the applicant's cumulative undergraduate GPA (from all schools attended) is 3.0 or higher or if the applicant has a previous master's degree. 

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.

Admission is in Fall A, Spring A and Summer A terms. Apply at least six weeks prior to the term of enrollment. 


Submit to the Graduate School:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (except WSU) 
  • Official GRE or MAT scores if applicable 
  • Current teaching license with application 
  • Three recommendation forms (effective for all applicants applying for the Spring 2018 semester and thereafter). At least one of these forms must be from a direct supervisor—principal, superintendent or other school administrator. Please see the Graduate School application for the required two-page recommendation forms. 

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453

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