Admission

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Application process

Candidates must apply and be accepted by Miami University's Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership. The Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 (or 3.0 in the last 60 hours).

All applications are due January 11, 2021.

Submit an electronic Graduate School application, including

  • Transcripts from the school you obtained your undergraduate degree from and any other college or university at which you have done graduate work
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Include a short writing sample. This can be an assignment written in a former masters/undergraduate degree program or a writing sample from a blog/online forum. Another possible option is to include a detailed lesson plan or a community action-oriented project that details a connection to the EDL Principles. 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee

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Additional Information About the Application

The personal statement, submitted electronically with the Graduate School application, is intended to provide the admissions committee with information about your professional background and aspirations.

Your statement should include the following:

  • Explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree
  • Describe your interest in leaderships roles in education and give some examples of your leadership accomplishments
  • List your current area of inquiry or desired research and list the name(s) of faculty members with whom you might like to work with
  • Describe how you plan to use the knowledge, skills, and degree earned in this program in your future career
  • This should be a 2-3 page essay

In addition to the information provided in your autobiographical statement, the admissions committee requires a CV/Resume. It should include:

  • Educational background
  • Professional experience in education and other professional experiences
  • Leadership roles
  • Presentations and publications
Include a short writing sample. This can be an assignment written in a former masters/undergraduate degree program or a writing sample from a blog/online forum. Another possible option is to include a detailed lesson plan or a community action-oriented project that details a connection to the EDL Principles.

 

Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, teachers, or peers who can attest to your professional work, potential for successful graduate study, and potential for making a positive contribution as leader in an educational context.

The EDL Admissions Committee reviews the application, GPA, letters of reference, test score, and the personal statement. Students who do not meet department standards are denied admission at this stage. Applicants who exhibit potential for academic success and who appear to have a good "fit'' between their goals and the department's program are invited to a campus interview with the EDL Admissions Committee in late January.

After the Application is Submitted

The Graduate School will evaluate your application to determine whether you meet the minimum university requirements. If you meet these standards, your application will be forwarded to the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) for further consideration. 

The EDL Admissions Committee reviews the application, grades, letters of reference, test score, and the autobiographical statement.  Students who do not meet department standards are denied admission at this stage.  Applicants who exhibit potential for academic success and who appear to have a good "fit'' between their goals and the department's program are invited to a campus interview with the EDL Admissions Committee in February or March.

Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the interview process about an admission decision.

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