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Frequently Asked QUESTIONS

Who should apply for  MS-Leadership?

Our goal is to equip government leaders with new thinking and tools to transform their organizations. Prime candidates for the MS-Leadership include federal managers and executives GS13 to GS15 and members of the Senior Executive Service.

What are the  MS-Leadership admission criteria?

Admission decisions are based on past career accomplishments, past educational attainment and performance, a personal statement, and an interview.

How do I apply for the program?

Applications are available here.

When are the application deadlines?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You may apply at any time throughout the year.

What is the total cost for the program?

The total cost of the program (tuition plus the assessment fee for all of the courses, including the residential capstone course) is approximately $60,000.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Courses can be taken at your own pace but a minimum of two courses a year is required. Typically, students complete the program in approximately three years.

From which institution will the degree come?

The degree awarded will be a Master of Science in Leadership from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, which holds the accreditation, and is the only degree offered through Brookings Executive Education. Olin Business School’s MBA program ranks among the top 20 in the country. The Brooking Institution consistently ranks as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.

Will all of the courses be offered every year?

The majority of the courses will be offered every year. All courses will be offered within any two-year period.

Do my previous Brookings Executive Education courses count toward the degree?

Credit for up to three previous courses may be transferred to your degree by taking and passing the appropriate post-course assessments.

Can my employer-provided funds pay for these courses?

The courses in this program can be paid for by training allowances provided by your employer.

How are grades determined? Will I receive letter grades or is the program pass/fail?

The faculty will assess your participation during the program as well as your understanding of course concepts and award a grade of: high pass, pass, low pass, or fail. Each course will have an assessment at the end of the course, completed outside of the course dates.

Additional questions? Please contact Master’s Program Manager, Morgan Kaminski, at 202-797-4396 or

Start your MS-Leadership application here. 

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