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Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership: Application Process

Application Process

The University of Mount Union's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) Program has been officially approved by the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Higher Learning Commission. The University has also received OBR approval to offer the Ohio Principal's License (PreK-6, 4-9 and 5-12). Steps to apply are as follows:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $30 must be paid while submitting the application. Credit/Debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Electronic Check (U.S. banks only) are accepted.
  • Recommendation forms must be submitted electronically by two former professors and/or employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.  The required online recommendation form is included as part of the online application. Recommendations will not be accepted in any other format.
  • Request an official transcript from each of the colleges or universities previously attended. Each institution must forward the transcript to: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program, Office of Admission, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601.  Failure to submit an official transcript for each previous institution where coursework was attempted, regardless of whether or not credit was received, will void the application for admission.
  • Upload a curriculum vitae or résumé and a personal statement that outlines the applicant’s career aspirations, qualifications and rationale for applying to the program.
  • Submit any hard copy materials to: Office of Admission, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601 in time to be received no later than the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications, applications submitted without the non-refundable $30 application fee or applications completed after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Admission Requirements/Criteria to the MAEL Degree Program

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Preference will be given to those who hold or are eligible to hold an Ohio teaching license or a comparable license from another state.

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on a minimum of 12 hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations, qualifications and rational for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide two recommendations from employers or former professors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Top applicants will be selected for an interview - UMU's dispositional assessment. Applications who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the MAEL degree program.

Entrance to MAEL Principal Licensure Program

Fulfill all Entrance to MAEL Degree Program requirements and possess at least one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Document satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): Verbal greater than or equal to 145, Quantitative greater than or equal to 144, and writing greater than or equal to 3.75
  • Possess a cumulative graduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from at least six semester hours

Other Admission/Enrollment Related Information

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the MAEL program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet-Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s).  Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis. 

A candidate wishing credit must submit an official transcript for the work, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalog of the institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation, such as syllabus. To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to Dr. Thomas Gannon, Director of Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at gannontw@mountunion.edu.

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay your deposit.

Background Check: Prior to program matriculation, students must provide a criminal background check conducted within the last calendar year, using Certified Background (at certifiedbackground.com).

It is the policy of the University of Mount Union not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital or parental status, or disability in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now or may hereafter be required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, and all other applicable federal, state and local statutes, ordinances and regulations.  Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to (330) 823-2886, Associate Dean of Students, Hoover-Price Campus Center, or to (330) 829-6560, Director of Human Resources and Employment Development, Beeghly Hall.