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Admission Requirements

Applications for the MA in Educational Leadership are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with two (2) starts per year, fall and spring.

  • GRE waived for applicants with undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • In addition, applicants may waive the GRE test requirement if they have an earned master’s degree or higher from an accredited United States college or university. Applicants must complete the Standardized Test Waiver Form.

In order to gain admission into the program students must submit:

  • An application.
  • Official copies of the academic transcript from each college and/or university attended, documenting an earned undergraduate degree. Electronic transcripts are recommended to expedite the application process. You can often request this directly from your institution or by using electronic processing through sites such as the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • A statement of objectives.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • Resume
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate (not required if applying as Degree Only). If you are applying as degree only and not seeking principal or supervisor certificates, please contact the program advisor, Tara Campos, for additional information.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts are required from each school you have attended.
  • An official transcript bears the raised seal of an academic institution and is sent directly to The Graduate School by the institution. You may also include your official transcript in a sealed envelope with the institution’s registrar’s signature or seal with your application.
  • If you studied under a maiden name or prior name, your institution must indicate both prior and current names on your transcript.
  • Do not request a transcript from the Montclair State University Registrar if Montclair is listed on your application as a previous or current institution. The Graduate School will obtain your Montclair State University transcript directly.
  • Including your U.S. social security number on your transcript or transmittal sheet will expedite processing of your application.

Statement of Objectives

Many of our programs require a written statement or an essay. The statement or essay, in which you present your reasons for your proposed graduate studies, is an important component of the admission decision process and applications will not be reviewed without it.

Essays/Personal Statement: In one integrated essay, thoughtfully discuss each of the areas identified below:

  • Why you are interested in the profession/specialization in which you want to pursue graduate work and, if applicable, the particular concentration within that profession;
  • Your knowledge of issues and trends in this profession or field of specialization;
  • What areas and topics you hope to study in depth and why;
  • Any related professional or personal experiences you have had, including opportunities to collaborate with other professionals, and how these experiences make you particularly well-suited for the profession or for your intended specialization;
  • Potential challenges and opportunities associated with diversity you think are relevant to the profession or specialization you are pursuing. Be sure to explain what you mean by “diversity” (related, for example, to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, dis/ability) and how it may pose challenges or present opportunities.

Letters of Recommendation

  • All applicants, other than non-degree applicants, are required to submit letters of recommendation to The Graduate School. Recommendations from professors in your undergraduate major field of study who are familiar with your academic work are ideal.
  •  If you have been out of school for a considerable time period, you should submit letters from employers, supervisors or other professionals who can comment on your background, experiences and motivation to succeed. Friends, family members or fellow students are not appropriate sources for letters of recommendation, and many graduate programs will not review your application if it includes letters from these sources.

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.