Yale School of Management

The Broad Center at Yale SOM

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 professionals the skills and broad perspective to grow as district leaders who make real, lasting impact for students and families. Broad Scholars keep equity and excellence at the forefront of their work while turning persistent challenges over in a new way.

Two people looking at each otherThe Master’s in Public Education Management (PEM) 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 PEM program allows scholars to earn a Master of Management Studies while working full-time in large, urban school systems. Program scholars 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. 

The tuition-free program is the successor to The Broad Residency in Urban Education and will launch in the summer of 2022 with an inaugural cohort of approximately 30 participants.

The Cohort

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

Broad scholars in the PEM program bring wide-ranging expertise to the cohort. Whether they hold functional roles in finance, talent, operations, or strategy, scholars 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.


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. Scholars 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. Through field projects, students will leverage Yale resources to address real challenges around systemic inequities, finding innovative ways to create immediate value for K-12 students and communities.

The PEM coursework will feature our faculty’s teaching and research expertise in combination with perspectives from a diverse group of practitioners and scholars.  Impactful leaders in The Broad Center alumni network  bring firsthand perspectives on the issues faced by urban school systems across the country. Along with emerging research and case studies, students will delve into leadership stories from the field, identifying best practices of  those serving students of color, financially distressed communities,  and historically marginalized groups.

Application Information

The application process for the Master’s Degree in Public Education Management will launch by the summer of 2021 for the first cohort to be welcomed in summer 2022. In the meantime, introduce yourself and submit your resume or LinkedIn profile for a pre-assessment to receive personalized feedback to help you determine if the Master’s in Public Education Management is right for you.

Community Profiles

  • That was the beauty of SOM. The exposure to multiple ideas, career opportunities, and people of different backgrounds was really broadening for me.

    Sarah Hughes SOM '97, The Broad Residency 2013-15
  • Reimagine what is possible for students and families.

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  • 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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Our Campus

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 scholars 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. 

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Your Classroom

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.


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