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Master's Degree in Public Education Management

Developing visionary leaders for urban schools, students and communities

The Master’s in Public Education Management gives highly motivated, accomplished K-12 education professionals the skills and broad perspective to grow as education leaders who make real, lasting impact for students and families. Master's students keep equity and excellence at the forefront of their work while turning persistent challenges over in a new way.

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The Master’s in Public Education Management  is a 14-month, tuition-free program leading to a master of management studies degree. The program is designed for early- to mid-career school system leaders with extraordinary leadership potential who wish to increase their impact in key K-12 systems. Offered in modules accessible to working professionals, the Master's program allows students to earn a Master of Management Studies while working full-time in large, urban school systems. Students immediately apply practical classroom learning to their real-world work environment. Cohorts leverage the knowledge and support of their classmates, as well as SOM faculty, to sustain meaningful initiatives and have ongoing impact in their systems. 

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The Cohort

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Through a small cohort size, supportive culture, and emphasis on working together toward a shared mission, Master's students learn as much from each other as they do in the classroom. 

Students in the program bring wide-ranging expertise to the cohort. Whether they hold functional roles in finance, talent, operations, or strategy, students are intellectually curious and eager to re-frame issues with a new perspective. Participants work in public school districts, charter network organizations, and state education agencies across the country with a common vision to serve the interests of America’s students and families. We strongly believe that cohorts at The Broad Center at Yale SOM must reflect the diversity of the urban school communities where they serve.


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Learn from Yale experts, education trailblazers, and your classmates to develop the skills and vision you need to maximize your leadership impact on K-12 systems.  

The curriculum will build strong functional management skills that are necessary to successfully lead complex organizations, including operations, data analysis, finance, accounting, performance measurement, organization design, human capital development, innovation, and technology. Students will also explore stakeholder perspectives to understand the interaction of schools, students, teachers, parents and caregivers, communities, boards, administrators, and unions, among other stakeholders invested in educational outcomes. The course of study asks students to reflect on the power of public education to serve as a critical lever for a society invested in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Application Information

The application for the 2024-25 cohort closed November 1, 2023. If you are interested in applying for a future cohort, please check out our admissions page for information about candidate eligibility; traits and characteristics of strong applicants; application process; and requirements. 

Our Community

Our Campus

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The Broad Center at the Yale School of Management is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a place rich with history, culture, and community. Approximately 20 square miles with nearly 130,000 residents, New Haven has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” each with residential, shopping and recreation areas and distinctive histories. The city has a thriving arts and music scene, as well as a growing array of small businesses that are deeply connected to city residents and to the Yale community. New Haven is a hub for innovation, not only in business, but also in education. The New Haven Public School District has a population of over 20,000 students and remains one of the largest School Choice Programs in the State of Connecticut. 

Our home city is convenient to Boston and New York with easy access from Philadelphia and Washington. Yale SOM is located at 165 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut, at the north east corner of Yale University’s campus. During program sessions, accommodation will be provided to students in the cohort at a hotel in downtown New Haven, just steps from the heart of Yale University, the New Haven Town Green, and museums, restaurants, and shopping. 

Your Classroom

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As a student at Yale SOM, you will benefit from a facility tailored to maximize the strengths of our program. The 242,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall, designed by Foster + Partners, chaired by Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62, features classrooms designed to encourage discussion as well as breakout rooms and other communal spaces designed to support working with teams. The transparency of the overall design combined with social spaces positioned at significant hubs strengthen the sense of community.