Admission Requirements for the Building Leadership (Principal) Graduate Programs

You must meet the established requirements for both the FHSU Graduate School and the Building Leadership (Principal) program. However, the requirements differ somewhat, depending on whether you are non-degree (endorsement) or degree seeking.  

Admission Requirements for the Non-Degree: Building Leadership (Principal) Endorsement 

If you choose to pursue the Building Principal endorsement option, you must apply to the FHSU Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student. 

Admission Requirements for the Masters in Science (MS) Degree: Building Leadership (Principal) 

Please fill out an application online and meet the requirement listed on the FHSU Graduate School  Website. The Graduate School requires that the departmental admission materials listed on this page be in the applicant’s file before it is forwarded to the department for evaluation.

The admissions requirements for the Building Leadership (Principal) program take into account your G.P.A., years of experience as a teacher, letters of recommendation, resume, professional goal statement, and evidence of certification in public/private schools. In order to be considered for the program, you must provide evidence of a total of 700 points or more. Points are accumulated as follows:

1. As of May 1, 2012, the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores have been dropped as a requirement for admission.

2. Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) during the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit

You must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.The GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit is calculated from your transcript

GPA   Points
3.50+ = 200
3.25 = 150
3.00 = 100

3. Experience for teaching and related educational endeavors:

Years   Points
3+ = 300
2 = 200
1 = 100

4. You must also submit the following documents with your application:


 Criteria   Points
(2) Reference letters  = 50
Current Resume = 50
Prof. Goal Statement = 50
Copy of Teacher License  = 50
Official Transcripts = 50

  1. Two letters of reference from supervisors and/or professional peers, one of which must be from your immediate supervisor, for example, a principal or superintendent from a school district with whom you are currently or were previously employed 
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae of education and professional experiences
  3. A brief statement of professional goals related to the completion of the master’s degree and/or certification as a school administrator
  4. A copy of your certification credentials for the public or private schools,
  5. Official transcripts for all college work completed, documenting conferral of an undergraduate degree

Review Process

A committee will review your file and forward a recommendation of approval or denial to the Dean of the Graduate School. Upon acceptance into the program, the committee chair in your area of specialization will appoint an advisor and designate a graduate committee responsible for developing your program of study. Applicants who do not enroll within one academic year after admission may be required to reapply for admission.

Applicants who are denied admission should consider completing an additional year of educational experience (up to three years of educational experience is credited) or take additional courses to improve overall GPA.  

Contact Information

 If you have questions or would like more information about the program, we would love to visit with you! If your last name begins with the letters "A-M" please contact Dr. Robert Moody at ramoody@fhsu.edu or 785-628-4545. If your last name begins with the letters "N-Z" please contact Dr. Regi Wieland at rwieland@fhsu.edu or 785-628-5849. 

 If you are ready to begin the application process, visit the FHSU Graduate School  Website to get started.