Application Requirements

The Educational Leadership Department accepts applications throughout the entire year and will review complete applications for our Licensure, Master's and Doctoral programs on a monthly basis during the academic year.

Please ensure your completed application is submitted no later than 2 months before the semester or term you wish to start.  The Admissions Committee will be meeting on the following dates for the next year:

September 13th, 2021
October 13th, 2021
November 10th, 2021 ***This is the last date for doctoral admissions for the spring 2022 semester.
December 8th, 2021
January 12th, 2022
February 9th, 2022
March 9th, 2022
April 13th, 2022 ***This is the last date for doctoral admissions for the summer 2022 semester.
May 11th, 2022
June 8th, 2022
July 13th, 2022
August 10th, 2022

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Please see below for specific application steps:

  • Complete the Online Application to the Graduate School
    • Please note: When choosing a degree on the Graduate School website, licensure students will choose either the Graduate Certificate in Principal Leadership or the Graduate Certificate in Superintendent Leadership, not Educational Leadership
  • Upload all Application Requirements onto your Online Application to the Graduate School
    • See below for the Application Requirements specific to your program
  • Mail Official Transcripts to the following address:
    • Please note: If you graduate from the University of Montana - Missoula, you do not need to have official transcripts sent to the Educational Leadership Office

Educational Leadership Room 213
PJW College of Education
Missoula, MT 59812

  1. Online Application to the Graduate School
    • Do not use the supplied letter of recommendation from the online application. Please use the letter linked below (#3).
  2. Cover Letter, to include:
    • The program in which you are applying
    • The semester you wish to begin
    • If you are licensed, please note your current licensure and endorsement
  3. Two Letters of Reference
    • Please provide your recommenders with the Educational Leadership Department's Letter of Recommendation and request that they upload it as their letter of recommendation into the Graduate School application system.
    • If you have taken courses from professors in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, you can request that they complete an internal student evaluation in place of a letter of recommendation. To request an internal student evaluation, contact the office at edld@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.5586.
  4. Current Professional Resume
  5. Official Transcripts from your completed Bachelor's Degree (and Master's Degree for Ed.S. applicants)
  6. Essay
    • Please address the following issues in a well-developed, double spaced, 200 word essay using 12 point font and Times New Roman:
      • Your area of interest (K-12, Higher Ed., or International)
      • Your career goals (Why are you interested in pursuing a degree in educational leadership?)
      • Your professional objectives and how the University of Montana will contribute toward your role as a school/institutional leader
  7. International students are required to provide official TOEFL scores to the University of Montana

** The GRE is not required for admittance to the M.Ed. program as of Fall 2015 **

  1. Online Application to the Graduate School
    • Do not use the supplied letter of recommendation from the online application. Please use the letter linked below (#3).
  2. Cover Letter, to include:
    • The program in which you are applying
    • The semester you wish to begin
    • If you are licensed, please note your current licensure and endorsement
  3. Two Letters of Reference
    • Please provide your recommenders with the Educational Leadership Department's Letter of Recommendation and request that they upload it as their letter of recommendation into the Graduate School application system.
    • If you have taken courses from professors in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, you can request that they complete an internal student evaluation in place of a letter of recommendation. To request an internal student evaluation, contact the office at edld@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.5586.
  4. Current Professional Resume
  5. Official Transcripts from your completed Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree
  6. Essay
    • Please address the following questions in an essay that does not exceed three pages (12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced):
      • What are your primary career goals and professional gaps you have identified as important for your intellectual and professional advancement over the next five to ten years?
      • What ways will your professional gaps be addressed through a doctoral program at the University of Montana?
      • Describe at least one research topic and/or project you plan to work on during your doctoral program.
      • The Department of Educational Leadership is interested in developing and maintaining a diverse and engaged learning community . What unique or special contributions will you bring to our community?
  7. Official Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores
    • The GRE may be substituted with the Miller's Analogy, LSAT, MCAT, or any other nationally recognized graduate level exam
  8. International students are required to provide official TOEFL scores to the University of Montana

ALL STUDENTS SEEKING LICENSURE OR ENDORSEMENTS MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO (A) The Graduate School as a Graduate Degree seeking student and (B) the Department of Educational Leadership Licensure/Endorsement Program.

  1. Online Application to the Graduate School as a degree seeking student
    • Do not use the supplied letter of recommendation from the online application. Please use the letter linked below (#4).
    • Choose one of the following as your program when prompted to on the Graduate School Online Application:
      • Educational Leadership - Graduate Certificate in Principal Leadership
      • Educational Leadership - Graduate Certificate in Superintendent Leadership
  2. Departmental Licensure Certificate Program Application
  3. Cover Letter, to include:
    • The program in which you are applying
    • The semester you wish to begin
    • If you are licensed, please note your current licensure and endorsement
  4. Two Letters of Reference
    • Please provide your recommenders with the Educational Leadership Department's Letter of Recommendation and request that they upload it as their letter of recommendation into the Graduate School application system.
    • If you have taken courses from professors in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, you can request that they complete an internal student evaluation in place of a letter of recommendation. To request an internal student evaluation, contact the office at edld@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.5586.
  5. Current Professional Resume
  6. Official Transcripts from your completed Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree
  7. International students are required to provide official TOEFL scores to the University of Montana

All applicants accepted into The University of Montana's Department of Educational Leadership Administrative Licensure/Endorsement Program must have received their qualifying graduate coursework from programs of higher education that are accredited through NCATE, TEAC, or institutions that possess the Carnegie Classification Level of RU/VH: Research Universities.



If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Department of Educational Leadership at edld@mso.umt.edu or 406.243.5586.

Policy for Provisional Admittance to the Educational Leadership doctoral programs due to the COVID 19 pandemic:
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, students applying for the doctorate in Educational Leadership or the Doctorate in International Educational Leadership may delay submitting GRE scores and therefore be provisionally admitted without the GRE scores. The provisional status has a 12 credit limit and required the student to update the department (edld@mso.umt.edu) and their advisor each semester of the status of their GRE scores. Once, the student, who is on provisional status due to not having GRE scores, has completed 12 credits (usually 4 classes) successfully the student must have GRE scores submitted to the EDLD department for a final decision regarding their admissions status before they can continue to take more classes in their doctoral program.