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Master's in Public Education Management Admissions

The Master’s in Public Education Management gives highly motivated, accomplished K-12 education professionals the skills and perspectives 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’s of management studies degree. The program is designed for emerging public education leaders with extraordinary potential who wish to increase their impact in key K-12 systems. 

Offered across five residence weeks and online modules accessible to working professionals, the program allows scholars to earn a Master’s of Management Studies degree while working full-time in large, urban K-12 school systems. Master’s 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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Eligibility Requirements & Characteristics of Strong Candidates

The Master’s program is open to early- to mid-career public education professionals working in large, urban K-12 school system central and network offices who are committed to excellence and equity.

We require applicants to have a minimum of five years of post-graduate professional experience, a complete undergraduate degree, and currently be employed in an eligible public school system, including school districts; public charter management organizations; or state education agencies. Prospective students must supervise at least one direct report and/or hold a role with significant time spent coordinating cross-organization projects. 

Participants in the program must work in central or network office-based roles that impact multiple schools, located in large, urban K-12 school systems. Eligible school districts serve at least 15,000 students drawn primarily from historically underserved communities. Eligible public charter organizations operate a minimum of five school sites and are located in areas that would otherwise qualify under the district size eligibility requirements. 

In addition to the eligibility requirements, TBC at Yale SOM seeks students that show strength across five competency areas and demonstrate capacity in six personal traits we believe are necessary for success in K-12 education leadership. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our mission of empowering school system leaders to achieve the dual goals of excellence and equity, therefore our admissions team looks for evidence of a commitment to equity across the other competency areas and traits.  

  • Equity​: Demonstrates a commitment to improving outcomes for historically underserved student groups and communities through specific actions across other competency areas and traits​ 

  • Strategy​: Holds a role that requires designing strategy beyond own direct contribution; Makes connections and synthesizes data and evidence to successfully translate vision into specific actions​ 

  • Management​: Holds a role of significant scope and complexity with management and coordination responsibilities, such as managing a team or coordinating a strategic project across teams​ 

  • Navigation​: Identifies individuals, external stakeholders, and organizational units that are important to accomplish goals and works with them to move work forward​ 

  • Communication​: Communicates clearly verbally and in writing, including with stakeholders outside of K-12 education; Builds relationships across lines of difference​ 

  • Personal Traits for K-12 Success​: Demonstrates self-awareness, development orientation, flexibility, empathy, optimism, and courage​ 

Application Information

The application for the 2024-25 cohort closed on November 1, 2023. Share your information with us to get updates about admission to future cohorts. 

Application Timeline 2023-24

Online Application 

September 5, 2023 – November 1, 2023

Individual Interviews

December 4-20, 2023; January 2-4, 2024

Final Interview Days

January 31-February 2, 2024

Decision Notification

Late February 2024

Application Requirements

Our application focuses on your personal background and information about your current role and organization, and work history. Completed applications must include the following: 

  • Resume 
  • Four short essays;  
  • Unofficial transcripts;  
  • Name and email address of two professional recommendations;  
  • Organization demographics form; and
  • Approval form from your current employer 

Application Resources

We are dedicated to a clear and transparent admissions process. Below are resources that can support your application. 

Community Profiles

Jesse Melgares

Jesse Melgares

"I am so appreciative of being in a space where I can learn from other people, the content, and our instructors. I feel connected to everyone. This level of connection is important for me to be able to thrive in my role."

Jesse currently serves as Vice President of Teaching & Learning at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles, California. He is a member of the inaugural cohort of The Broad Master's (2022-23). 

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Thirty emerging public education leaders from across the United States convened in New Haven in July for a week of rigorous coursework, opportunities to engage with leading practitioners in the field, and a chance to share their professional experiences and challenges with one another as students in the inaugural cohort of The Broad Center at Yale SOM’s Master’s in Public Education Management Program.  

Tomi Amos

“As a first-generation American, I was raised to believe in the power of education and the opportunities it provides. This belief drives me to pursue a career in education. After a decade of working in education, I can say without equivocation that my life’s work is to close opportunity gaps and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.”

Tomi Amos currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Public Schools and is an alumna of The Broad Residency (2017-2019).

Zabrina Evans

Zabrina Evans

"The first residency week refueled my fire to continue pushing and advocating for the black and brown kids within my portfolio of schools. Thanks for the intentionality that went into planning and for giving us the space to draw from the well." 

Zabrina is the Director of School Quality and Support for Chicago Public Schools and a member of the inaugural cohort of The Broad Master's (2022-23).