The online application for the both the minor and certificate options will be made available once per semester for a period of 3-4 weeks. 

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled in HESI 217 or have completed HESI 217 with a C- or better.
  • You are in good academic standing
  • You have at least one full academic year left before you graduate from UMD
  • You understand that no more than 9 credits of leadership studies coursework taken prior to acceptance into the program will count toward completion of the minor/certificate.

The application contains three sections:

  • Demographic Information
  • Leadership Studies Coursework (your plans for completing the course requirements)
  • Short Answer Questions (highlighting your interest in/readiness for this program)

Applicants should review the program requirements and list of various courses on the dropdown menu above prior to filling out this application and/or or have them up on their screen while filling out the application. Please note that students accepted to the program are permitted to make adjustments to their coursework plan by meeting and discussing with one of our LSP academic advisors. It may also be helpful for applicants to prepare responses to the short answer questions on a separate document before placing them in the application, as work may not "save" within the application prior to submitting. For reference, the short answer questions are listed here. Responses should be approximately 250-300 words for each:

  • How will learning about leadership inform your future aspirations? 
  • Tell us a bit about where and how you spend your time when you are not in class.
  • What strengths do you bring to a learning community?

Notification of Application Status: Email notifications will be made regarding the status of your application approximately two weeks after the application period has closed. For questions, please contact the Leadership Studies program at

Check back for details on the start of our next application cycle!

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