Leadership Studies

Applying for Graduate Programs

Instructions for Applicants

For full consideration for the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program, submit the following materials:

  1. Complete the online graduate application
  2. Submit a two-part essay: Complete an Academic Statement and Personal History Statement according to the following criteria. Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1200 words. The Academic Statement should include a description of why you want to study Leadership, why you want to study at the University of Southern Maine, and how our Program can help you achieve your professional goals. The Personal History Statement should convey how a combination of life experiences, idealism, role models, education and work experiences have influenced your decision to apply. You may also include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges or opportunities relevant to your academic journey.
  3. Transcripts from all previously attended institutions. These must demonstrate completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college and a competitive GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a “B” average is expected. If your cumulative GPA is not 3.0 or better, the likelihood of your acceptance is greatly diminished.
  4. A current resume
  5. Two letters of recommendation which speak to your character, work ethic/professionalism, and problem solving abilities and potential to be successful in a graduate program. Applicants will be asked to provide the name and email address for each reference when completing the application and the form will be sent directly to each recommender by the university. If sending additional letters, recommendations must be received either directly from the recommender or forwarded by the applicant in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature over the seal.

Completion of the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. After submission of all application materials, applicants who meet program requirements may also be scheduled for an interview with faculty. Once accepted into the MLS program, students have six years from the date of first matriculation in which to complete the program.

If you are applying for financial aid, your financial aid form (FAFSA) should be mailed by February 1 to ensure the best possible financial aid package. Applicants should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (The University of Southern Maine’s Federal School Code is 009762.) Various scholarships are available, some with priority deadlines. Be sure to thoroughly read the requirements of each scholarship prior to submitting. Contact Student Financial Aid directly with any questions or concerns.

Still have questions about the application process? Please call 207-753-6503 or email usm.leadership.studies@maine.edu for assistance.