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Transformative Coaching and Leadership Application Checklist

Welcome Applicants!

The Office of Student of Services of GSE&IS looks forward to assisting you through the application process.  If we can be of service to you in any step of this process, please feel free to contact any one of our advisors.

The application process for the School of Education & Information Studies involves various elements. 

Step-by-Step Admissions Guide

Please use this checklist to ensure you have submitted all the necessary application materials for graduate study in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. We recommend you start as early as possible to avoid any delays in processing your application.


STEP 1: Start the Graduate Admissions Application on-line from the Graduate Division website: (

Under Plans for Graduate Study, in Major, Select Education MED-Student Affairs (MSA), Teacher Education Program (TEP), Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), Transformative Coaching and Leadership only

In School of Education and Information Studies, in SEIS Academic Division select Transformative Coaching and Leadership M.Ed.

In Education Emphasis, select NOT APPLICABLE

STEP 2: The following items must be uploaded in each corresponding part of the application (We do NOT require a writing sample):

Transcripts These are only from any institution where you earned an undergraduate degree and completed any post-baccalaureate work (e.g., Master’s degree, credential work). We do not need any community college transcripts.

SEIS-Specific Statement of Purpose, which is uploaded (3-5 pages, double spaced, 12-pt. font). Optional if all points not addressed in UCLA Graduate Council Statement of Purpose and UCLA Graduate Council Personal Statement. (See below). Please address the following:

Why are you interested in studying transformative coaching and leadership at UCLA?

Why are you interested in a career in coaching and leadership?

What life experiences have contributed to you applying to GSE&IS and considering a coaching career path?

What are your plans after you complete the degree?

Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

UCLA Graduate Council Statement of Purpose, which is uploaded (500 words-1 page, single spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font). Address elements most relevant to your candidacy:

What is your purpose in applying for graduate study in your specified degree program? Describe your area(s) of interest, including any sub-field(s) or interdisciplinary interests.

What experiences have prepared you for advanced study or research in this degree program? What relevant skills have you gained from these experiences? Have your experiences led to specific or tangible outcomes that would support your potential to contribute to this field (examples: performances, publications, presentations, awards or recognition)?

What additional information about your past experience may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA? For example, you may wish to describe research, employment, teaching, service, artistic or international experiences through which you have developed skills in leadership, communication, project management, teamwork, or other areas.

Why is the UCLA graduate program to which you are applying is the best place for you to pursue your academic goals? If you are applying for a research master’s or doctoral program, we encourage you to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.

What are your plans for your career after earning this degree?

Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement of Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?

Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success?

How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?

How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education?

How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?

How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your advanced degree at UCLA?

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from the Educational Testing Service sent electronically to UCLA. (This may be directly reported to UCLA, but we also ask you to upload a score report if you have it in the Supporting Documents upload section.)
UCLA’s institution code for this exam is 4837, and the department code is 3999-Education Other. All prospective students to the Department of Education should take the GRE exam by November 1st. If scores are not received by the application deadline, your application may be considered incomplete. Please plan accordingly. Please include your Social Security Number during registration for the GRE in order to prevent misdirection of scores.

STEP 3: THREE letters of recommendation – done via online access.

The website will lead you through directions.  You can enter names and emails prior to your application submission. You will submit three names and respective email addresses of your recommenders. One recommendation must be from a recent or current supervisor. These individuals will then be notified to complete the recommendation online.  You will be able to ascertain via the Internet who has completed the recommendation and when.  All recommendations must be submitted by the established deadline in order to be considered. Recommendations are completed and submitted online.

STEP 4: Pay the Application Fee

Application Fee will be paid when you are ready to submit your application. The nonrefundable application fee ($120.00 for U.S. citizens, AB540 and Permanent Residents; F1 status applicants are not eligible to apply) can be paid by credit card only (MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Please note that a 2.75% fee will be charged for use of credit card. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, you must upload supporting documentation prior to submitting application.

The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.


For International Applicants Only:

International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. UCLA's institution code is 4837, and the department code is 85.
  More Details can be found at We recommend taking the TOEFL or IELTS by November 1st.  If scores are not received by December 1st, your application may be considered incomplete.


Please Note:

Should you be admitted, official transcripts will need to be mailed in.


UCLA School of Education & Information Studies

Office of Student Services

1009 Moore Hall, UCLA Box 951521

Los Angeles, California 90095-1521