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Institute for Management and Leadership in Education | MLE

6/19/16 to 7/1/16

5-12 Years of Administrative Experience

Tuition: $7,860 per person

What You Will Learn

The Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) helps determine how well-positioned your institution is to meet current and future challenges and better prepares you to lead organizational change.

Program Overview

Change is difficult, even when institutions and individuals are genuinely committed to it. MLE is designed for experienced administrators who are responsible for thinking strategically about their institutions’ change agendas. You will learn to understand which aspects of your institutional mission and culture are critical to future success and how to close the gap between your best leadership intentions and what you are actually able to accomplish.

The program also serves as a valuable opportunity for mid-career professional assessment and renewal. You will be able to reflect on your own leadership strengths and weaknesses in a supportive learning environment with Harvard faculty and accomplished higher education leaders from across the country and around the world.

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Program Objectives
  • Master new approaches to leadership
  • Develop and implement effective strategies
  • Review and assess the impact of changes in the higher education competitive environment
  • Evaluate the impact of new initiatives and alliances
  • Realign faculty and financial resources
  • Understand and overcome the challenges of organizational change
Who Should Attend
  • Experienced administrators
  • Provosts, vice presidents, and deans responsible for helping secure the long-term future of their institutions
What People Are Saying

MLE was the best educational experience in my 45-year higher education career. The integration of relevant curriculum materials with high-quality teaching was elegant. The experience was really beyond words.” — Judith Ruland, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Saginaw Valley State University; MLE’14

“MLE will help me to become a more well-rounded leader and will improve my own self-knowledge. It also provides me with an excellent professional network of colleagues with whom to exchange ideas and best practices well after we return home.” — Robert Maruca, Executive Director, City University of New York

“This program has given me new administrative tools, but it also has provided a new cognitive framework and a better sense of perspective, which is even more valuable to me.”

“MLE has energized me to continue to be a reflective practitioner. It allowed me to revisit the key higher education leadership concepts and apply my experience to case studies.”

Faculty Chair

Robert Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kegan is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches, researches, writes and consults about adult development, adult learning, and professional development. His work explores the possibility and necessity of ongoing psychological transformation in adulthood; the fit between adult capacities and the hidden demands of modern life; and the evolution of consciousness in adulthood and its implications for supporting adult learning, professional development, and adult education.


Enrollment & Fees

Enrollment Instructions

Participants are selected for their scope of responsibility, their breadth of experience, and their potential to help their institutions respond to changing needs and new opportunities. When selecting participants, the Admissions Committee also considers the overall character of the class to maximize group learning. A network of alumni and former participants are available to speak with you, many are from similar institutions or professionals with responsibilities comparable to your own.

Please note that admission to MLE is competitive, we regret that we are unable to accept every qualified applicant. Participants are expected to have the endorsement of their institutions. Ordinarily this is reflected in full financial support.

Applicants are responsible for submitting supplemental materials with their online application.

Step One
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.

Step Two
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work and describe one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)
  2. In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience and perspective to contribute to group discussions? (250 word limit)

Step Three
You will be asked to upload your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as a single MS Word or PDF document. Please ensure that the document lists the following elements of your professional and educational background in reverse-chronological order, beginning with your most recent activities.

  1. Professional Experience
    For each position you have held, include:
    • Organization name
    • Dates worked
    • Title or position
    • A brief description of responsibilities
  2. Educational Background
    For each educational institution you have attended, include:
    • Dates you attended or date your degree was conferred
    • Degree earned
    • College or university name

Step Four
You are required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from your current supervisor and one from a professional colleague. Once you have submitted the online portion of the application (steps 1–3), you will receive links to forward to your recommenders. Your recommenders will need your last name and email address to log in to the application system.


The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials, refreshments and most meals. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.

Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after registration. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. Please note, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.

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