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Application Process


Application Deadline

Domestic application materials are due two months prior to the start of classes.  International application materials must be received before May 1 for the fall semester and prior to August 1 for spring and summer semesters.

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 88
IELTS - 6.5

Admission Requirements

Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Science (M.S.) Degrees

For either the Master of Education (M.Ed.) or the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees the required materials are:

  • Official transcripts of all previous collegiate work, including one verifying graduation with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
  • A cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Resume including credentials, licenses and certificates;
  • Two references that evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student in the chosen master's degree program and as an educational leader; and
  • A leadership essay.

Admission is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed.  Where appropriate, all international student requirements must be met.

Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field and are made only after considering all available data.  A student must meet all requirements for full admission.

After being accepted for graduate study in the School of Education, the student should contact an adviser assigned to her/him for assistance in filing a plan of study for consideration by the program.

Apply online at:  https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ndusndsugr

Guidelines for Preparing the Leadership Essay

Application Leadership Essay Requirements:

As part of the application process, each prospective student is asked to craft a minimum of 500 word leadership essay so that the faculty has some evidence of your leadership ability, educational philosophy, background, goals and aspirations.  Please use the following points to assist you in the development of your leadership essay.

  1. Define Leadership - especially in the context of an educational setting.
  2. Identify a person you would consider a good/effective leader.  This could be a person at the local, state, or national level.  What characteristics and/or abilities does this person possess that makes him/her a good/effective leader?  Why are these characteristics/abilities important in your eyes?
  3. How would you describe your leadership style, skills, and capabilities?
  4. Describe a time in your life when you had an opportunity to show your leadership ability.  In what ways did you apply your leadership in this situation?
  5. What educational philosophies have influenced your development as an educational leader?
  6. What are your goals and aspirations in the field of education and how have you prepared yourself to this point?

North Dakota Principal Credential

Applicants with an existing Master's degree with a major certifiable by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board seeking their North Dakota Principal's Credential should follow the Admission Requirements and application process for the M.Ed. Degree.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree

Required materials for the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership are:

  • Official transcripts of all previous collegiate work, including one verifying graduation with a master's degree from an accredited institution;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in all graduate-level courses;
  • Resume including credentials, licenses and certificates;
  • Two references that evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student and as an educational leader; and
  • A leadership essay.

Admission is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed.  Where appropriate, all international student requirements must be met.

Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field and are made only after considering all available data.  A student must meet all requirements for full admission.

After being accepted for graduate study in the School of Education, the student should contact an adviser assigned to her/him for assistance in filing a plan of study for consideration by the program.

Apply online at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ndusndsugr


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