Application Requirements

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

Anyone who still wishes to begin in the Fall 2017 semester, please submit your complete applications no later than Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The EDLD Admissions Committee will review complete applications for Fall 2017 on Thursday, August 24, 2017 and you will be notified during the following week.

*Licensure Certificate Program applications are reviewed as soon as they are complete.

  • Please submit your application at least one semester before you wish to begin taking classes. The EDLD admissions committee uses a holistic review of the application in determining acceptance to our programs.
  • After completing the online application to the Graduate School, please mail all additional materials to the EDLD department at the following address:

Educational Leadership
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

  • All letters of recommendation should be enclosed in individual envelopes with your recommender's signature along the envelope's seal.
  • The University of Montana's testing code is: 4489.
  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.