Leadership Studies

Supplemental content for MA in Leadership Studies

Admission Information

Application Procedures and Required Materials 

Application Deadline:

August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester

International Student deadlines: July 1 for Fall Semester, November 1 for Spring semester

All materials need to be submitted by the deadline. Applications are read on a rolling basis.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution. 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.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: A two-part essay containing 1) an Academic Statement and 2) a Personal History Statement according to the following criteria. 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 and any challenges or opportunities relevant to your academic journey. Both parts of your essay combined may not exceed 1200 words.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation which speak to your character, work ethic/professionalism, 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 recommendation form will be sent directly to each recommender by the university.  
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation 
    • Fully online programs will not meet eligibility for a student visa (I-20). On-campus courses will be required.
  • English proficiency test scores may be required for students whose first language is not English. See below for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (usmadmit@maine.edu).


Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.

Career Options

Leadership Studies graduates have many career options.  For example, they work as Municipal Engineering Managers, Human Resource Trainers, Regional Managers, Diplomats, Senior Account Executives, and Professors in organizations as varied as Acorn Products, UNIPAC, the University of Southern Maine, Pan Am, New Balance, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, HSBC Bank, Boys-to-Men Organization, and the U. S. State Department, to name just a few.