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Admission Requirements and Application

The Education Leadership Master’s program requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above from all institutions. The Education Leadership Education Specialist program requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above from all institutions. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may attain probationary status. Probationary status is considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact Dr. Theresa Waterbury at with GPA questions.

4 Step Application Process:

  1. Complete the Online Admission Application. More information on how to apply is available online for your convenience.
  2. Have relevant “original – in a sealed envelope from the university” transcripts sent to the WSU Office of Graduate Studies (P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN  55987) or have them electronically sent to Contact Pat Cichosz at with transcript questions.
  3. WSU requires a one-time, non-refundable $20 application fee for all first time graduate applications. It can be paid online or via the mail. If mailing a check or money order, please have it made out to Winona State University.
  4. Email the Written Statement to

The Written Statement is required by applicants to the master's emphases of Organizational Leadership, Professional Leadership Studies, and Teacher & School Leadership as well as all EdS candidates. The two to five page written statement must explaining his or her:  

a) Vision of the purpose and role of K-12 education (or substitute a public or non-profit organization you have/or want to work for, for "K-12 education"), and
b) Personal interest, aptitude and experience in leadership

International students are to meet the Admission to Graduate Status requirements as outlined in the WSU Graduate Catalog. Conditional admission for international students not meeting the English Language Requirement is limited and determined in cooperation with the WSU English Language Center. The decision regarding conditional admission is made the semester prior to starting. Admission is probationary-- requiring formal engagement with the ELC and the successful completion of two Education Leadership courses and no IP’s the first year. Progress in the program is monitored and English language support is provided.

Financial Information

Now that you have found a graduate program, it’s time to learn about the cost and options to help finance your education. Graduate students may be eligible for financial aid. For more information, visit Financial Aid. WSU offers a wide range of graduate assistantships to help defray tuition costs. If you find that you need to drop a class, refer to our refund policy in order to withdraw properly and refund your tuition.