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The applications for 2024-2025 candidates will open soon on December 18. View application essay questions here: Project LEADSS Application Questions

EdS Candidates



MSW Candidates



Application process

Step 1: Apply, Step 2: Interview, Step 3: Offer, Step 4: Accept


  1. Candidates submit application to Project LEADSS by the appropriate deadline
  2. Project faculty invite selected candidates for interviews
  3. Applicants informed of status of admission decisions
  4. Select applicants reply to an offer of admission

Application requirements

  • Applying to EdS or MSW programs
  • International students can only apply if planning to maintain long-term residency and employment in the U.S.

*Eligibility for the LEADSS candicacy is contigent upon acceptance into UW Madison grad program

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