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The Inner Mountain Community Leadership Program  prepares Montana State University graduate students for equitable and inclusive collaborative leadership. Based on the philosophy that complex challenges require diverse voices and life experiences for their solution, the program is centered on a transdisciplinary community of fellow graduate students working together through workshops and collaborative projects.

How will students accomplish these program goals? What is the curriculum?

The first semester examines the relationship between leadership and inclusivity from both practical and theoretical perspectives. During the second semester, participants directly practice their newfound knowledges by collaboratively designing and implementing student-driven service-learning projects that promote equity and inclusion within the MSU community, and these projects will unfold with assistance from university partners.

For more information on the curriculum, download the Inner Mountain Leadership curriculum overview (PDF).

Am I eligible to apply?

Most likely, yes! So long as you have already completed at least one-year of graduate study at MSU or another institution and you are a student in good standing with the graduate school, then you are eligible to apply. Both online and on-campus graduate students are welcome. You will be asked to write a 2-4 page response to an essay prompt and, finally, provide one letter of recommendation.

How do I apply?

Prospective applicants can click on the link to complete this questionnaire. The questionnaire includes a short essay prompt as well as a place to upload your repsonse. The short essay prompt is:

"Please upload a 2-4 page (double spaced) personal statement discussing how or why leadership relates to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and then discuss why these principles are important to your or to your community of practice. Please include a description of past experiences with processional or community engagement on these or related issues."

Please note: we recommend you upload your essay before submitting your application; however, applicants may also begin a new application at any point.     

In addition to the essay, this questionnaire also includes a request for a letter of recommendation. Referees should send their recommendations to this MSU Box Account. Please share this link with whomever you ask to write your letter of recommendation so this person can respond directly to the Graduate School.


When do I need to apply, and when will the Graduate School respond to my application?

Prospective students should plan to have all materials, including their letters of recommendation, submitted on or before June 26th, 2020. The Graduate School will respond to applications before July 17th, 2020.   

What commitments do I need to make to the program? What commitments does the program make to me?

  • Individual workshops are three hours each and they will occur approximately once every two to three weeks during the fall semester.
  • The graduate school will coordinate fall workshop dates and times based on input from cohort members.
  • Cohort members will determine the frequency and duration of meetings during the spring semester based on their unique service-learning project needs.
  • In addition to professional development training, program participants will also benefit from increased networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $500 scholarship award.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the program or I need additional help in completing the application?

You can contact the Graduate School at:

The Graduate School
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Tel: (406) 994-4145
Toll Free: 1-800-255-7962
Fax: (406) 994-4733
E-mail: [email protected]
Location: 108 Montana Hall