Application Procedure

This page details the required documents to complete your application for admission into the MA program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change.  Emailed and faxed documents will not be accepted.  If you have additional questions about the requirements please contact the Graduate Office of Admission by emailing

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. Transcripts
  4. Reference/Recommendation Forms
  5. Personal Statement
  6. GRE®
  7. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  8. Academic Writing Sample
  9. International Applicants: TOEFL®
  10. International Admitted Students

1. Application Form — Applicants must use the Graduate School Application Form. Fill out the application form completely.

2. Application Fee - Send the completed application to the Admissions Office along with a non- refundable application processing fee of $45 USD. The University requests that payment of all fees (application fee, tuition deposit, etc.) be in the form of a check drawn on a US bank or an International Postal Order.

3. Transcripts — Applicants should request that all previous academic institution(s) send an official transcript covering all undergraduate studies (and graduate studies if any) directly to the Office of Admission at Soka University of America. Only official transcripts that are signed, stamped and sealed, or otherwise certified, by the issuing institution will be accepted.

The applicant is responsible for making sure complete, official transcripts are on file with the Office of Admission. Work in progress will be considered in fulfillment of requirements, and admission may be granted subject to the filing of final transcripts, before enrollment, showing satisfactory completion of work in progress.

4. Reference/Recommendation Forms — Ask two individuals qualified to evaluate your educational background and/or academic and professional achievement to complete a recommendation for you. Recommendations are usually from the applicant’s former or current professors who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. They should paint as full a picture of you as possible for the admissions committee, saying how well and in what capacity they know you and frankly stating deficiencies as well as merits. They should provide a candid opinion of your ability to undertake graduate study and your potential for a career in educational leadership.

Please ask your recommenders to use the official Reference/Recommendation Form provided by SUA. Type, or print clearly, your name on each of form and sign the waiver statement. Give each recommender the Reference/Recommendation Form and ask him/her to return the completed form directly to the Office of Admission in the sealed envelope.

5. Personal Statement — Please write a brief statement in which you describe your background, your past work in your intended field of study, your goals for graduate study and a professional career, experience and any other information you feel is relevant.

6. GRE® — An official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) taken within the past five years is required of all applicants. Be sure to request that official GRE® scores be sent directly to the SUA Office of Admission. The GRE® school code for SUA is 4720. Student copies and self-reported scores are not accepted. The GRE General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE® is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in different formats and times depending on a test taker’s location. For information about the test, the student should check the GRE® website at

7. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) – A copy of your Resume or CV is required for all applicants.  This document will outline your experiences and skills as they relate to the graduate program.

8. Academic Writing Sample An academic writing sample is required for all applicants.  This should be a college-level research paper written for one of your classes, or, if your college or university has it as graduation requirement, a senior thesis. Less important than the topic is that the paper you submit is the strongest sample you have of your writing and research skills as a student. It is not necessary to include the grade or the instructor’s comments with your submission.

9. International Applicants: TOEFL® — Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a TOEFL® score report*. Be sure to request that official TOEFL® scores be sent directly to the SUA Admissions Office. Student copies and self-reported scores are not accepted. The TOEFL® school code for SUA is 4720. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL® test is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in different formats depending on a test taker’s location. For information about the test, the student should check the TOEFL® website at

*The Office of Graduate Admission has a process to waive the TOEFL requirement for non-native English speakers who have received a degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Please email for more information on the waiver process.

10. International Admitted Students: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires international students to provide proof of financial support before the visa process can be initiated by SUA. The Certification of Finances Form must be completed and returned to the Graduate School after you are offered admission but before June 1, 2015. 

PLEASE NOTE: All documents contained in the application file belong to Soka University of America and cannot be returned. The status of the file and the information it contains are confidential. Information will be revealed, at our discretion and in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, only to the applicant or to individuals whose names the applicant has provided in writing to the Graduate School office.

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