Master's Degree Program in Private School Leadership 

Cohort 7 Begins Summer 2018

Cohort 7 Brochure  


A Partnership between the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools and the Educational Foundations Department of the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Educational Foundations Department of the College of Education, of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, jointly offer a master’s degree program that focuses on educational leadership in the unique setting of the private school.  The program is designed to meet the needs of leaders and aspiring leaders in independent schools - locally, nationally and internationally - be they administrators, teachers or other types of educators.  The program’s curriculum blends research-based knowledge with the wisdom of experienced private school leaders. 

Students in the PSL-MEd (Private School Leadership - Masters in Education) will complete work in residence for two consecutive summer terms, each five weeks, and engage in field work during the two intervening semesters at their homes schools. 


Admission Eligibilty 

Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning.

Program Cost 

The tuition for the Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership is $18,000. Tuition and other University fees will be invoiced through the University of Hawai‘i over the four terms of the program.  Additional expenses include an application fee, books, travel, and housing (if applicable).

Program Benefits 

The Master’s Degree in Private School Leadership is a cohort-based program requiring 30 credits of study over an 18-month period. The challenging curriculum emphasizes private, independent school issues.  Graduates are prepared to enrich their schools with enhanced professionalism and transformational leadership skills.

The on-site courses during the two summers are offered in an accelerated format, one course in the morning and a second course in the afternoon, five days a week for two and half weeks, followed by two more courses offered over the next two and half weeks. 

A wide variety of interactive teaching formats and methodologies designed to engage and challenge the experienced adult learner are employed.  Guest lectures, informal discussion sessions and the atmosphere of collaboration augment formal instruction and produce lasting networks of professionals. And many students in the program say that they learn as much from their cohort colleagues as they do from the courses. 

Program Schedule 

All summer classes convene on the campus of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Through Distance Learning
Spring 2019
Through Distance Learning
Summer 2019

June 18 – July 20

August – December

January – May

June 17 – July 19

Foundations of Curriculum
(3 credits)
EDEF 649
Field Studies in Education Foundations (3 credits)
EDEF 649
Field Studies in Education Foundations
(3 credits)
EDEF 675
Educational Policy Studies
(3 credits)
EDEF 630
Cultural Diversity and Education
(3 credits)
Private School Finance & HR
(3 credits)
EDEF 610
Foundations of Educational Theory
(3 credits)
Technology Planning & Management in Private Schools
(3 credits)
EDEF 678
Inquiry in Education
(3 credits)
Leadership and Governance in Private Schools
(3 credits)


Cohort VII of the PSL-MED will begin in the Summer of 2018
Information on this new cohort will be available beginning the spring of 2017 and applications will be accepted beginning summer of 2017. 
Please contact Deanna D'Olier for more information and to be notified when the application is available.