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Leadership Program


  • Leadership Program
    (202) 885-6203
    Ward Circle Building, Room 230

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Admissions Criteria

The Leadership Program maintains very high standards and admission is competitive. Entering SPA undergraduates and other entering students who intend to complete a second major in SPA are eligible to apply. The Program seeks students who have a demonstrated passion for leadership, a passion for social change, and a commitment to public service. We look for students who will bring strong academic abilities, creativity, initiative, enthusiasm, dedication and follow-through to their work. Thus the Leadership Program seeks students who have demonstrated the following characteristics:

  • Capacity for leadership
  • Dedication to learning more about leadership
  • Ability to work well with others, which requires a true appreciation for new ideas and new people, a willingness to genuinely listen to others, a dedication to effective communication, and an ability to follow through with commitments.

The Leadership Program seeks students who will contribute to a diversity of leadership styles, personality types, identities, experiential backgrounds, and political predilections because the Program believes that in such an environment effective leadership is best developed.

Applying to the Leadership Program

Class of 2019

The Leadership Program application for the Class of 2019 closed on July 22, 2015. Future classes can still learn how to apply here »


Leadership Class of 2019

Introducing the SPA Leadership Program Class of 2019

Selected from a record-breaking amount of applications, these 42 students come from unique communities in 20 different states and Pakistan.

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