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Application Materials for the MEd in Educational Leadership 

(EdS, EdD, and PhD information below)

Prior to applying for an Educational Leadership program, applicants must hold a Class I teaching license, should have at least three years teaching experience, and possess a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

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During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. GPA calculation form (The form is provided during the application process.) NOTE: We require a GPA of 3.00 for the last two (2) years of undergraduate course work.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation: Candidates must meet the following criteria for one of the three letters of recommendation.
    1. At least one of the three letters must be from the candidate's PRESENT direct supervisor. That means a school district administrator who (a) is currently administratively certified by Montana Office of Public Instruction or other equivalent state agency; AND (b) currently acts as direct supervisor for the candidate, and has done so for a minimum period of one semester. If for any reason you cannot secure a letter from your present supervisor, then:
    2. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a PREVIOUS direct supervisor. That means a school district administrator who is (a) currently certified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction or other equivalent state agency; AND (b) has, at some point preceding the date of this application, acted as direct supervisor for the candidate for a minimum period of one semester. Any applicant who does not have a letter from a present direct supervisor must indicate in the self-nomination letter (see below) the specific reason(s) why they were unable to secure a letter of recommendation from their present supervisor.
  4. Self-Nomination Letter: The self-nomination letter should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, and focus on the following:
    1. Your development and growth as a teacher, including professional development;
    2. Your contributions to the school and district;
    3. Your development as a leader. Specific examples are needed that clarify how you have grown as a leader and your leadership activities;
    4. Your specific goals, including a timeline for assuming a school leadership position;
    5. Your motivation to become a school leader and an explanation of how you came to this decision; and
    6. Personal qualities you possess that are desirable in a leader.
  5. Academic Transcripts: Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor's Degree course work should be sent to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU-Bozeman are not needed. Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu.
  6. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:
    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. Evidence of Financial Support: International Student Financial Certificate
    3. Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    4. Copy of applicant’s passport
    5. Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process; however, official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.

Application Materials for the EdS in Educational Leadership

*Prior to applying to the Educational Leadership program, applicants must hold a Class I teaching license, have gained at least three years teaching experience, and possess a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

Click Here to access the online application

During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. GPA calculation form (The form is provided during the application process.) NOTE: We require a GPA of 3.00 for the last two (2) years of undergraduate course work.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation: Candidates must meet the following criteria for one of the three letters of recommendation.
    1. At least one of the three letters must be from the candidate's PRESENT direct supervisor. That means a school district administrator who (a) is currently administratively certified by Montana Office of Public Instruction or other equivalent state agency; AND (b) currently acts as direct supervisor for the candidate, and has done so for a minimum period of one semester. If for any reason you cannot secure a letter from your present supervisor, then:
    2. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a PREVIOUS direct supervisor. That means a school district administrator who is (a) currently certified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction or other equivalent state agency; AND(b) has, at some point preceding the date of this application, acted as direct supervisor for the candidate for a minimum period of one semester. Any applicant who does not have a letter from a present direct supervisor must indicate in the self-nomination letter (see below) the specific reason(s) why they were unable to secure a letter of recommendation from their present supervisor.
  4. Self-Nomination Letter: The self-nomination letter should be 2 pages, double-spaced, and focus on the following:
    1. Your development and growth as an educator, including professional development;
    2. Your contributions to the school and district;
    3. Your development as a leader. Specific examples are needed that clarify how you have grown as a leader and your leadership activities;
    4. Your specific goals, and why the EdS would be of benefit to you/your school;
  5. Academic Transcripts: Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor's Degree course work should be sent to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU-Bozeman are not needed. Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu.
  6. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:

    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80] or ACE [Level 7] are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. Evidence of Financial Support: International Student Financial Certificate
    3. Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    4. Copy of applicant’s passport
    5. Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process; however, official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.

Application Materials for the EdD in Educational Leadership

*Prior to applying for an Educational Leadership EdD program, applicants must have a Master's degree in education or a related topic, have gained at least three years teaching experience as a certified or licensed teacher, and possess a 3.0 undergraduate gpa. Those applicants who do not hold an administrative license will be required to take principal preparation coursework as prerequisites to many doctoral courses.

Click Here to access the online application

During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. GPA calculation form (The form is provided during the application process.) NOTE: We require a GPA of 3.00 for the last two (2) years of undergraduate course work.
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required of all doctoral students prior to consideration for admission in the Department of Education. The expected minimum score for the GRE is 150 on the Verbal and 145 on the Quantitative. The expected minimum score on the MAT is 413. Official scores can be sent to Montana State University (code 4488).
  5. Personal Essay: Suggested length is 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages. The applicant should briefly describe the following:
    1. Education and other educational professional experiences
    2. Research interests and experience including alignment with faculty interests and expertise and an example of research experiences using educational theory, research methods, and application.
    3. Professional goals
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation:  (NOTE:  At least one of the three letters must be from the candidate's PRESENT direct supervisor in his/her educational field.) The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess the following:
    1. Knowledge in chosen field
    2. Motivation and perseverance toward goals
    3. Ability to work independently
    4. Ability to express thoughts in speech and writing
    5. Ability/potential for college teaching
    6. Ability to plan and conduct research
  7. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree coursework. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the online application process. Official transcripts must be sent from the Institution directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU-Bozeman are not needed. Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu.
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:
    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. Evidence of Financial Support: International Student Financial Certificate
    3. Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    4. Copy of applicant’s passport
    5. Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process; however, official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.

Application Process for the PhD in Educational Leadership

Click Here to access the online application

During the online application process you will be asked to submit the following materials.

  1. Completed Graduate School Application

  2. GPA calculation sheet (The form is provided during the application process.)

  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  4. Documentation of verbal and quantitative skills needed for the degree: Submit official GRE (minimum Verbal 155, Quantitative 150) sent from the testing agency to Montana State University (code 4488).

  5. Academic Transcripts: Applicants must provide Official transcripts verifying all Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree coursework. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded during the online application process. Official transcripts must be sent from the Institution directly to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Transcripts from a degree awarded through MSU-Bozeman are not needed. Electronic transcripts are also acceptable as long as they arrive directly from the applicants’ certifying university.  Please have electronic transcripts sent to edgrad@montana.edu. Transcripts will be evaluated for rigor and academic fit.

  6. Personal Essay: Suggested length is 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages. The applicant should briefly describe the following:

    1. Education and other educational professional experiences
    2. Research interests and experience including alignment with faculty interests and expertise and an example of research experiences using educational theory, research methods, and application.
    3. Professional goals
  7. Three (3) Professional References: The letters should be from individuals qualified to assess the following:  (Note: At least one of the three letters must be from the candidate's PRESENT direct supervisor in his/her educational field.)
    1. Knowledge in chosen field
    2. Motivation and perseverance toward goals
    3. Ability to work independently
    4. Ability to express thoughts in speech and writing
    5. Ability/potential for college teaching
    6. Ability to plan and conduct research
  8. For International Applicants ONLY: In addition to the above, International applicants will be required to submit the following:
    1. English proficiency scores: TOEFL [80], IELTS [level 6.5], or PTE [54], are necessary for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. For more information on the International application process, see this link: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/admissions_intl.html
    2. Evidence of Financial Support: International Student Financial Certificate
    3. Proof of funds (if self-funded)
    4. Copy of applicant’s passport
    5. Degree certificates as well as an English translation for all non-English academic transcripts and credentials. Photocopies can be used to initiate the application process; however, official transcripts/credentials are still required upon admission.
  9. *Note: Applicants may be contacted for an interview by the program specific applicant review committee.


Application Deadlines

Complete applications will be reviewed by members of the Graduate Admissions Committee who then convene to make final admission decisions. Once a decision has been made the application will be forwarded to The Graduate School for final administrative processing.  Please note that the application review process will begin on the application deadline dates and not before.

Below is  the deadline by which all of the application materials for the MEd Program in Educational Leadership must be submitted via the online application system.  By submitting materials by the deadline, accepted students may be eligible for  early registration. In order for a graduate degree application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted prior to the department’s posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall  Semester: April 1st
Spring Semester:  April 1st
Summer Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the EdS Programs in Education must be submitted via the online application system. By submitting materials by the deadline, accepted students may be eligible for early registration. In order for a graduate degree application to be reviewed for admission, all required application documents must be submitted prior to the department's posted deadline. Applications received after the deadline may  be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st
Spring Semester:  April 1st
Summer Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the EdD in Educational Leadership must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the EdD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the EdD programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st

Below is the deadline by which all of the application materials for the PhD in Education must be submitted via the online application system. Students matriculate into the PhD program in the fall semester only. Applications to the PhD programs are reviewed once per year at the April 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

Fall Semester:  April 1st


Contact Information

Micki MacGregor, Graduate Program Coordinator
PO Box 172880
Montana State University
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
edgrad@montana.edu