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Institute for Management and Leadership in Education | MLE

6/18/17 to 6/30/17

5-12 Years of Administrative Experience

Tuition: $8,450 per person

Regular Decision Deadline: March 3, 2017

Applications submitted by the March deadline are currently under review. As final admission decisions are made, a limited number of spaces in MLE ‘17 may become available and will be filled by late applicants on a first admitted, first served basis. Please contact us at with any questions or to discuss the particulars of your situation.

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

Matthew Miller is lecturer on education and associate dean for learning and teaching at HGSE. He teaches courses on evidence- based improvement as a member of the higher education program faculty. In his decanal role, Miller oversees curriculum, initiatives for innovation in learning and teaching (including HGSE’s unique Teaching and Learning Lab), and other long-range academic priorities of the school. He is co-chair of the university-wide Teaching and Learning Consortium of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. He collaborates with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, and colleagues on research about organizations that are focused on and committed to the transformative learning of their members (entities they call Deliberately Developmental Organizations).


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.

Fees, Hotel Accommodations, and Policies

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 must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.

Please click here for more information on hotel accommodations for on-campus programs.

Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at or 1-800-545-1849.

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.

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