Apply to the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership for Educational Equity, Racial Understanding, and Organizational Transformation

Online Graduate Application

Thank you for considering William James College. Applicants are considered on their overall potential for successful performance in graduate level coursework as well as the potential "fit" with our programs and fields of study.

In the links below you will find application information to the School Leadership Academy Graduate Certificate program. Transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office to arrive on or before the set deadline. All other materials must be supplied electronically through your online application account.

Application Deadlines

We accept new students for the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership once a year during the spring term.

Application Deadlines for Spring 2023 (January Start):
General Consideration: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Interviews: By appointment

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A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

How to Apply

Apply Online. Use this link to fill out and submit your application online. We accept new students for the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership once a year during the spring term.

With the exception of transcripts all materials should be submitted through your online application account. Transcripts should arrive directly to our Admissions Office from the issuing Registrar Office.

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline.

International Applicants

An international applicant, that is, neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S., must meet our regular admission requirements, as well as those listed below.

If written in a foreign language, all transcripts and other documents must be accompanied by an official English translation and certification of equivalency to the American education system. Bachelor degrees that are three years in length will not be recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree by William James College. You can have both, the translation and equivalence certified by the World Education Service (WES). For detailed information visit

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English and have not taken the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please note: the GRE is required of all applicants to the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. Applicants to other programs are encouraged to submit GRE scores to enhance their application.

Please be aware that online and blended (hybrid) programs like this one do NOT support Student visas.

Application Materials
  • $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable). On the electronic application it is paid online before submission.
  • A completed application form
  • A professional letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (Please list 2 references on your CV.)
  • Application Essay
  • Official transcript(s)

A letter of recommendation is required from a person who can attest to your personal qualities, such as: professional; academic; intellectual; motivational; interpersonal; and emotional. References should not be provided by family members, friends, or others who don't know you in either a professional or academic context.

The electronic recommendation form is required and although a supplemental letter is optional it is strongly recommended. Both, the recommendation form and letter must be submitted electronically through your online application account.

Curriculum Vitae

Please attach a current CV or résumé which includes the following: educational background; current activity; length and description of employment and/or training experiences; hours per week at each job or training site; names of supervisors at each facility; workshops and seminars attended; and any other professionally-related material (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.). You may also include any extracurricular activities or interests that you deem relevant.

NOTE: Your CV or résumé must include two (2) references with contact information (email and telephone number) for each. If applicable one (1) of these references must be your current supervisor. And if available please include your Massachusetts Education Personnel ID # and your Educator License #.

Application Essay

When composing your 500-800 word essay, please use a traditional font, one-inch margins and double line spacing on a letter size document. 

Please share the core reasons you want to be a school leader/administrator by answering the prompts below: 

  • What do you hope to accomplish in this role?  
  • As a school leader, how do you see yourself reaching your goals and what challenges do you anticipate?  Include a general explanation about how you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Explain the circumstances in your personal and/or professional life that have made school leadership and the education of children your life’s work or passion. Include an explanation of the core reason or main motivation why school leadership is the next step for you.
Official Transcripts

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Paper transcripts or e-transcripts should be sent directly to William James College from the issuing registrar's office. We recommend that you request these documents as soon as you decide to apply for admission and to allow at least ten business days for the issuing registrar to process your request. If you have completed a semester abroad and these corresponding courses do not appear on your home institution's transcript with a letter grade, then you must provide a separate transcript for this period of study.

Paper transcripts must be addressed to:

William James College
Office of Admissions
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

E-transcripts must be sent to

To arrive at William James College on or before the set deadline. Post marked on the deadline date is not acceptable.

All applicants who have attended a non-US institution of higher learning must provide an official translation and equivalency to US Higher Education of their academic record. William James College recommends that applicants contact World Education Services to request this service. For more information, please visit