Graduate Leadership
Classical Cohort


For classical leaders, by classical leaders

Simon Sinek once said, “It is the job of leaders to make more leaders.” That is why Gordon College and the Society for Classical Learning have launched a dynamic graduate leadership program.
Heads of Schools themselves designed this program to offer current and future administrators at classical Christian schools the opportunity to study school leadership within a professional network. At one of the few nationally ranked liberal arts colleges in the US, a hybrid learning model facilitates online classes for flexibility and on site residencies like in Orvieto, Italy, that prove invaluable to the cohort experience. Earn your M.A. or Ed.S. in Leadership in a program uniquely tailored to the classical renewal movement. Upon completion of the program, each leader will be equipped with the knowledge, skill, and relational wisdom to thrive in whatever leadership role God calls them to.

Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, May 7 at 4:00 pm (EST)

Learn more about the Graduate Leadership experience—our distinct curriculum, distinguished faculty, and the supportive community here are Gordon College.

Register here for the zoom link.



Through online courses and in-person residencies, study alongside a cohort of 12-15 students in varying leadership positions within K-12 classical schools. The cohort model allows each student to learn from a group of colleagues and form deep and lasting friendships.


Learn from the wisdom of seasoned leaders and scholars who are serving, or have served, in classical Christian schools.  You can read more about our distinguished faculty here.


Covers the full range of administrative roles and responsibilities, including everything from the philosophy of classical Christian education to law, finance, and advancement.

Choose your degree

Whether you choose to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership (MA) or Educational Specialist in Leadership (EDS), you will gain the skills you need to serve your community with confidence, competence and compassion.

Take the next step in your career, earning your master’s degree in Leadership. Students that have completed a bachelors degree prior, should apply for the M.A. degree option. Both the Master of Arts in Leadership and the Education Specialist in Leadership students are part of the same cohort and take the same courses.

Take the next step in your career by earning your Educational Specialist degree in Leadership. Those students that have completed a prior Master’s degree should apply for the Education Specialist degree option. Both the Master of Arts in Leadership and the Education Specialist in Leadership students are part of the same cohort and take the same courses. The Educational Specialist degree recognizes prior completed graduate work and provides advanced standing for future educational opportunities.

Here’s the plan: 2 years, 30 credits



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1 online course


1-week residency


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2-week residency


1 online course


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With a schedule you can manage

Designed for working professionals and it won’t break the bank.
You can fit this into your life! The MA in Leadership program is designed for working professionals. Synchronous online classes during the semester and in-person residencies create a learning experience that fosters community and flexibility. Each cohort launches with a two-week summer residency. Learn more about courses ?

Become a more confident and competent leader

"As Co-Directors of the Gordon program and as experienced Heads of school, we have not only enrolled in this program as students, but we have enrolled multiple members of our leadership team. We believe this is the best program available for equipping classical Christian leaders with the character and competencies they need to lead thriving schools. We invite you to learn more about the program and make the investment to raise up the next generation of classical Christian school leaders!” In Christ,"
—Keith Nix, Co-Director, Head of School & Eric Cook, Co-Director, President of SCL

In exciting on-site locations

The richness of learning happens together. Annual two-week summer residencies take students to Orvieto, Italy (north of Rome) and Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (northeast of Boston). These in-person times together provide an opportunity to bring virtual classmates together for intensive and experiential learning, mentoring, and networking as a cohort.
There will also be a one-week winter on-site practicum at a leading classical Christian school with opportunities to see effective administration in action and identify indicators of success.

Our Network
We collaborate with the leading organizations in classical learning.

"Cultivating the next generation of classical school leaders is a great need as classical, liberal arts education expands around the U.S. and the world. The MA in Leadership for Classical Schools at Gordon College will help meet this critical need and advance the renewal."
Christopher Perrin, M.Div, Ph.D.
CEO Classical Academic Press