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How to Apply

Admission to the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program is determined by an assessment of the candidate's academic qualifications, work experience and interest in the field. Class sizes are small and cohorts are limited to 20 students. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so it is advisable to apply early.

Gwen Dunnington is the admissions coordinator for the Sustainability Leadership Program, and can help with any questions you have about the application process. Contact her at or (608)663-4299.



Key Dates

2015-2016 Program Applications Considered: January 1 – July 1, 2015

Scholarship Applications: See information about scholarships here. To apply for a scholarship, fill out a scholarship application and submit it with your application materials by May 1 for first priority or June 1 for second priority.

Classes begin: July 25, 2015


Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
    Students seeking the Master's degree must provide official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institutions.

    Students seeking the graduate Certificate need only provide official transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution.

    Transcripts should be sent to:
    Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies
    1255 Deming Way.
    Madison, WI 53717
  • Graduate application (with $30 fee). You can fill out an online application here.
  • Admission interview. Schedule your interview with Program Director Steve Gilchrist or (608)663-6991. The interview may be done in person or over the telephone. This may be done prior to submitting an application, and is a great way to ask questions about the program.
  • Essay. In 2-3 pages address the questions: 1) What do you bring to the Sustainability Leadership Program? 2) What do you hope to take from it? Include your full name, email and telephone number on your essay and submit as an attachment to
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a college or university professor, supervisor, and/or professional colleague who can speak to your potential for success in the Sustainability Leadership program. Additional guidelines for submitting letters of recommendation may be found here.


Community Fellowship Application Requirements

Requirements include: Program Application, Admission Interview, and Essay (see PDF linked below for essay instructions).
Working professionals with significant experience in a particular area of sustainability can apply for a Community Fellowship in Sustainability Leadership. This mutually enriching arrangement lets the Fellow share sustainability expertise with other program participants while receiving the framework and support to complete a significant sustainability project or develop a more holistic understanding of sustainability leadership. Community Fellows receive a certificate of completion for participating in the program but do not earn graduate credit since they audit the courses at a reduced program cost.  Click here for a detailed Community Fellowship description and application instructions (PDF).


In compliance with federal regulation, Edgewood College must disclose certain data regarding non- degree academic certificate programs, including program cost, time required to complete the certificate program, and certain employment information for those completing the program. This information can be found on the following pages: