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Master of Science (MS) Degree in Education Improvement & Transformation

Drexel University School of Education

Today’s​ ​educational​ ​leaders​ need to address myriad challenges and ​seek​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​their institutions,​ programs​, ​and policies in order to achieve better outcomes. Working both inside and outside of established organizations, they need to be well-versed in the latest developments, research, and trends that could be relevant to their work, and to be equipped to engage in​ ​outside-the-box​ ​thinking​ ​to​ ​make​ ​effective​ ​changes.

Drexel​ ​University’s​ Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and Transformation​ ​degree​ ​program, which allows students to customize their program so as to meet their individual needs,​ ​gives​ ​educators​ ​the​ ​foundation​ ​they​ ​need move their career in a positive direction.

What​ ​Can​ ​You​ ​Do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Degree​ ​in​ ​Education Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation?

Graduate​ ​students​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement and​ ​Transformation​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ ​have​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of career​ ​paths​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​from.​ ​Our students and graduates work in K-12, post-secondary, non-profit, government, and business settings.

​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​-​ ​Master’s​ ​Program​ ​Options

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​degree​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel University​ ​is​ ​an​ ​online-only​ ​program.

It’s​ ​an​ ​entirely​ ​new​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​obtaining​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​degree,​ ​allowing​ ​students​ ​total flexibility​ ​to​ ​study​ ​the​ ​topics​ ​most​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​their​ ​career​ ​growth.​ Graduate​ ​students work​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​academic​ ​advisors​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​study​ ​that​ ​complements​ ​their career​ ​objectives.​ ​Our​ ​advisors​ ​counsel​ ​their​ ​students​ ​in​ ​managing​ ​coursework, meeting​ ​program​ ​requirements​ ​and​ ​ensuring​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​program.

If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​to​ ​the​ ​academic​ ​advisor​ ​for​ ​this​ ​program,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the Academic​ ​Advisor​ ​Directory​.

Graduate​​ ​Education Program​ ​Eligibility

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Educational​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​program​ ​is structured​ ​around​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​concentration​ ​sets​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​topics. To​ ​qualify​ ​for​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​degree,​ ​students​ ​must​ ​complete​ ​four​ ​of​ ​the​ ​12​ ​professional development​ ​concentration​ ​sets:

  • Collaborative​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​Law​ ​&​ ​Process
  • Creativity​ ​&​ ​Innovation
  • Education​ ​Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Evaluation​ ​&​ ​Assessment
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Instructional​ ​Design for eLearning
  • Leadership​ ​in​ ​Educational​ ​Settings
  • Learning​ ​Analytics
  • Mind, Brain & Learning
  • Urban​ ​Education

Through​ ​the​ ​education​ ​policy​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​concentrations, students​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​broad​ ​base​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​several​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​education.​ ​The​ ​degree program​ ​curriculum​ ​lets​ ​students​ ​sample​ ​several​ ​areas​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​their​ ​specific interests​ ​and​ ​gain​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​those​ ​fields.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
    • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
    • If changing course, why you are moving in this new direction with your educational goals
    • How the program relates to your current line of work
    • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
  • Additional requirements for International Students

​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​&​ ​Transformation​ ​Program​ ​-​ ​Courses​ ​&​ ​Curriculum

The​ ​Educational​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation ​master’s​ ​program​ ​is​ ​a 45-credit​ ​program​. The​ ​master’s​ ​program​ ​concentration​ ​sets​ ​include​ ​coursework​ ​in​ ​areas​ ​such​ ​as assessment,​ ​strategic​ ​partnership,​ ​change​ ​leadership,​ ​educational​ ​policy, disabilities,​ ​virtual​ ​schools,​ ​charter​ ​schooling,​ ​home​ ​schooling,​ ​community engagement​ ​&​ ​development,​ ​urban​ ​education,​ ​school​ ​boards,​ ​and​ ​financing education.​ ​Students​ ​also​ ​complete​ ​an​ ​elective​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice.​ ​Additional​ ​professional development​ ​concentrations​ ​may​ ​be​ ​developed​ ​on​ ​a​ ​topical​ ​needs​ ​or​ ​special population-based​ ​basis.

Capstone Courses

Students in the MS in Education Improvement and Transformation program complete a research capstone course where they are introduced to various types of research designs and learn to be both consumers and producers of research. Following completion of the research course, students will complete a capstone experience by selecting one of the two-course multi-disciplinary sequence options below:

  • Thesis (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s thesis which consists of a well-written research paper, comprised of five chapters that posits a research question and uses logical arguments & data to address/answer a gap in research
  • Practitioner Course (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s project. Examples include: A reform initiative narrative, program or grant proposal, white paper or policy analysis, or program evaluation

For​ ​the​ ​full​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation curriculum,​ ​please​ ​see​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University​ ​Course​ ​Catalog.​

How​ ​to​ ​Apply​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​in Education​ ​Improvement​ ​&​ ​Transformation​ ​Program

The MS in Education Improvement & Transformation program is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.

Program Questions

Jack Barnes Director of Student Recruitment Drexel University School of Education

For questions about School of Education academic programs, please contact Jack Barnes, Director of Recruitment

Alumni Spotlight

Colleen Curran Drexel University School of Education alumna

Colleen Curren currently works as a special education teacher at Triton Regional High School. Colleen enrolled in Drexel's online Education Improvement and Transformation program while working full-time at a teacher. Colleen says, "The flexibility of the online format for me as a working professional also had a large impact on my decision to attend Drexel." The flexibility of the EIT program allowed Colleen to complete assignments on her own schedule and applied what she learned directly to her workplace. Colleen hopes to become more active in shaping educational policy at the local, state, and national level in the future. She credits Drexel by saying, "I believe that my education in Drexel's EIT program and continued opportunities the program provides me as a graduate will help me to do so."