Leadership Studies

Applying for Graduate Programs


Complete the online graduate application and submit the following materials:

  1. Submit a brief essay (300-500 words) stating your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals. You may include a statement of any special interest you would like to pursue in your study.
  2. Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.  These must demonstrate completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a competitive GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a “B” average is expected. If your cumulative GPA is not 3.0 or better, the likelihood of your acceptance is greatly diminished.
  3. A current resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation which speak to your character, work ethic/professionalism, and problem solving abilities. Please ask each person writing a reference on your behalf to include USM's recommendation form with the reference letter. Recommendations must be received either directly from the recommender or forwarded by the applicant in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature over the seal. Providing addressed, stamped envelopes along with the recommendation forms facilitates prompt responses from recommenders.

Completion of the application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. After submission of all application materials, applicants who meet program requirements may also be scheduled for an interview with faculty. Once accepted into the MLS program, students have six years from the date of first matriculation in which to complete the program.

If you are applying for financial aid, your financial aid form (FAFSA) should be mailed by February 1 to ensure the best possible financial aid package. Applicants should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (The University of Southern Maine’s federal id code is 009762.) Various scholarships are available. Contact Student Financial Aid directly with any questions or concerns.

Still have questions about the application process? Please call 207-753-6503 or email usm.leadership.studies@maine.edu for assistance.