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Congratulations! The link below will allow you to apply online to both the M.A. in Leadership and the Ed.S. in Leadership:
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A list of requirements and more detailed instructions are included in the application.
Once all of your application materials have been submitted, it will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Upon acceptance, you will receive an acceptance email followed by a mailed letter and acceptance packet.
Contact us at [email protected] or 978.867.4113.
These instructions have been prepared as a guide for completing Gordon's Graduate Leadership program application. Please use the links below for specific information.
As you complete your application, please keep in mind the following Gordon Admissions policies:
Students entering in Gordon’s Graduate Leadership program are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country (in some cases, this is a three-year degree).
If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, we will accept and evaluate your application. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon receiving your degree conferral prior to enrollment.
The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself as you explain your purpose in applying for the Graduate Leadership program.
The essay question provides you with an opportunity to help the Admissions Committee gain greater insight about you as a potential member of the Gordon community. We do not allow substitution or replacement of an essay response after an application has been submitted. Please be clear, succinct, forthright, and thoughtful in your response. Additionally, we ask that you share what you truly feel, as opposed to writing what you think the Admissions Committee would like to read. There are no right or wrong answers. Gordon expects that the work contained in the essay is completely accurate and exclusively your own. Use of professional essay writing services violates Gordon’s admissions policies.
You should request references from three people:
References should be capable of commenting on your professional, leadership, and intellectual capabilities. We have found that the most useful evaluations are those from people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, maturity, team orientation, communication skills, intellectual ability, and interpersonal skills. We prefer that you submit LORs from people who know you well and are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as your direct supervisor.
Getting an independent perspective about your qualifications from a third party is very valuable to the Admissions Committee, therefore the LORs are to be completed by the recommender and no one else. Drafting, writing, or translating your own reference, even if asked to do so by your recommender, is a violation of the terms of our application process and could result in rescission of our offer of admission or termination of a student’s enrollment. Applicants are expected to inform recommenders of this policy.
Please email us a one-page resume in PDF format. Send it to [email protected] with the subject line “Resume for Graduate Leadership applicant [insert name]”.
We are interested in your functional job skills, breadth and depth of experience, demonstrated leadership and management skills, and your potential for growth. We are more concerned with what you have learned in your positions than we are with the length of time you’ve been in the workplace.
Transcripts of all academic work completed at the baccalaureate/undergraduate level and beyond, whether or not for credit or a degree, are required.
You will be required to submit official academic transcripts (not diplomas) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate (bachelor’s or first) degree and any advanced/graduate degrees. If you attended institutions other than those from which your degrees were granted, you will be required to submit your academic transcripts from these institutions too (i.e. transfer coursework, domestic or study-abroad programs, post-graduate non-degree coursework, etc.).
If your official transcript is not in English, you must make arrangements to have all academic records translated by World Education Services (WES) and sent to Gordon with the originals. For information on how to utilize WES’ credential evaluation, please visit www.wes.org.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission or terminate a student’s enrollment should any misrepresentation or omission occur.
Please direct Transcripts to:
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984
For electronic transcripts using Parchment or other e-transcript services, please select "enter recipient manually" and direct the transcript to [email protected].
Gordon requires each applicant to submit a non-refundable application fee of $75, paid by credit card. The application fee is waived for students and alums of partner schools as well as U.S. military personnel past and present. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about payment.
If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please email the Graduate Leadership office at [email protected].