Leadership (interactive online)—MA, Eds, EdD, Phd

The Leadership program represents a new concept in graduate education. It is offered by the School of Education as an international and interdisciplinary collaborative graduate program. It is designed to meet the needs of mid-career leaders and to provide an innovative and highly flexible program allowing self-motivated learners the opportunity to pursue an MA, EdS, EdD, or PhD degree in the context of a learning community, without requiring a move of their families or a break in their careers. Participants in this interdisciplinary program come from a variety of professional backgrounds including healthcare, business, education, pastoring, the military, and government.

Program length

  • MA: This program typically takes 2-3 years, however participants must complete the requirements within 4 years.
  • EdS, EdD, PhD: These programs typically take 4-5 years, however participants must complete the requirements within 7 years.

Application deadlines

  • International students must apply for admission by January 15.
  • U.S. students must apply for admission by March 15.
  • The Leadership program begins with an Orientation in mid-July.

Students who miss the application deadline must wait until the next year to begin their program.

Eligibility requirements

MA

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • English proficiency: Students whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.

EdS, EdD, PhD

  • Master’s degree: Earned master’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university with adequate preparation for the proposed doctoral specialty.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Graduate GPA: Minimum 3.00 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • Employment: Currently employed, and five years employment history.  

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • GRE scores: The exam must have been taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Recommendations: For the MA, two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors and employers—excluding relatives. For the EdS, EdD, and PhD, three recommendations are required. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Interview: Face to face or by conference call with a faculty team.
  • Commitment: To return to Andrews each summer for the Annual Conference.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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