Key Features of the Program


  • A focus on servant leadership as viewed through a Catholic/Franciscan lens (kind, caring, compassionate, and mission-driven toward helping others.)
  • In the coursework, candidates will be presented with administrative dilemmas to be solved in an ethical manner.
  • Candidates gain valuable administrative experience through a two-semester internship in which they work with practicing administrators.
  • Throughout the program, candidates develop a professional portfolio of reflections and leadership experiences. The portfolio is a valuable tool to use when interviewing for administrative positions.
  • Candidates have guidance and support from two university advisors: the program coordinator and a cohort advisor.
  • Courses are delivered in 8-week modules during the academic year and in 5-day modules in the summer.
  • Candidates carry 6 credit hours per semester (including the summer) and can complete the program in 2 years.
  • Candidates belong to a cohort that offers networking opportunities, guaranteed course offerings, a defined program sequence, and a genuine learning community.
  • Performance-based assessments are used in each course to provide an opportunity to apply what was learned.
  • Candidates are recognized as unique individuals. Teaching is differentiated to meet their diverse needs and to help them to succeed