Second, gather the following items and mail them to the address below:
Submit a personal essay, approximately 3-5 pages (double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman), which should include the following:
Past: Leadership experience (what leadership roles and responsibilities have you personally held and/or currently hold?)
Present: A self assessment of leadership strengths and weaknesses (you might find it helpful to use an existing framework of leadership characteristics, such as the book,The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadershipby John C. Maxwell, which has a leadership questionnaire in the back, or Colonel Horton’sessayon leadership, others can be found online.)
Future: A self assessment of your leadership potential (whatfutureleadership potential do you anticipate for yourselfandhow do you see this program strengthening your potential?)
Submit a current Resume
Submit an official BS/BA transcript from an accredited college/university. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. If your GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, we also require the following:
GPA 3.0 to 4.0: No additional transcript requirements
GPA 2.75 up to 3.0: Please submit a personal statement recognizing the deficiency that addresses why you believe you will be successful in graduate school. Also submit a minimum five page research paper, essay, or professional writing sample on a topic related to an aspect of leadership in your field. This writing sample may take a variety of forms including professional publications. These items should be submitted to the MSSL Program Coordinator atMSSL@BHSU.edu.
GPA 2.5 up to 2.75: In addition to the personal statement (see above) and the research paper (see above) please take theGraduate Records Examand submit scores to the MSSL Program Coordinator atMSSL@BHSU.edu.
Submit three letters of recommendation; pleaseuse our Recommendation Form. They can be from a professor in the applicant’s BA/BS degree program, an employer, or anyone else of your choice. The recommendation letters should provide the university with evidence of the applicant’s potential for academic success in graduate studies and professional success as a leader.
Submit the $35 (non-refundable) application fee.
For International Students Only: Provide TOEFL results (if most recent academic degree is from a university where English is NOT the primary language of instruction). The international studies program requirement states that a minimum score on the paper exam acceptable at BHSU is 500 (IBT = 61). If you do not have scores you enroll in ourAcademic English Preparatory Program.
Graduate Studies Office Black Hills State University 1200 University St. Unit 9501 Spearfish, SD 57799-9501
Materials may be submitted electronically to:MSSL@BHSU.edu(Note: Official Transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution to the mailing address listed on this page.)