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Doctoral Admissions Application Essays

Please write two essays of no more than 500 words each from among the three possible topics below:

  1. Summarize the leadership activities in which you have been involved in recent years and explain how these experiences reflect your vision of and capacity for leadership.
  2. Please identify a problem or challenge in a school, school-related organization, or your professional life generally and write an analysis in which you assess the issue(s), describe effective strategies for addressing the issue(s), and make clear the implications for the exercise of effective leadership in the situation.
  3. Please describe a problem of educational policy development, policy decision-making, policy content, or policy implementation, and explain how a deeper understanding of policy or the policy process could improve the situation.