Frequently Asked Questions
Can someone other than my direct supervisor nominate me?
Yes. A nominator only needs to be an educational leader in your community. However, you still want to have a discussion with your current supervisor about joining the program as you will need their support throughout the program.
When talking with my nominator/supervisor about the program, what do I need to ask for with regard to support?
Successful Nominators support their nominees in three key ways:
- They offer time off for classes as needed
- They allow access to critical data for projects
- They provide a space for nominees to test theories and ideas, while mentoring the nominee.
What do I need to apply?
All requirements for application can be found on our application checklist.
Where is the application link? I don’t see it on the website.
Once you are nominated, you will receive an e-mail from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation with two applications links. One link is for UNM, the other for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Both will be processed by the Executive & Professional Education Center at the Anderson School of Management. You will not submit anything other than the application (with completed essay questions and résumé attached) to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Some applicants may be able to waive the entrance exam requirement. Applicants may waive the entrance exam by meeting one of the following conditions:
- A Ph.D. in any field
- A Master's Degree with substantial quantitative coursework
- A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from an AACSB accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in upper level courses.
You may download the GMAT waiver here.
What score do I need on the GMAT or GRE?
We are looking for a 500 on the GMAT or equivalent on the GRE. The Admission Committee will accept either the GMAT or the GRE – we have no preference. The committee looks for a score of 500 or higher on the GMAT, or an equivalent GRE score. You can convert your GRE score with a score conversion calculator from ETS. After you complete the test, you will receive your score immediately. Please record your results and submit them to us as your "unofficial" scores. While you're still required to submit your official scores, your unofficial scores allow us to set up an interview for you. When requesting your official score, use 4845 as the school's designation code. Test scores are valid for five years.
What happens if I don’t get a 500 on the GMAT or GRE equivalent?
Study and do your best on the exam, but please don’t let it get it you down. We take a holistic approach to the application review process and entrance exam scores only one component of the application. If you score at least a 450 on the exam and have a strong application overall, the Admission Committee will consider your application to the program.
I received a degree from UNM – do I have to send those transcripts?
No, we can pull your transcripts from UNM using your UNM Banner ID.
Do I have to submit everything all at once?
No, you can submit pieces as you have them completed. Everything must be submitted by Friday, April 15.
What if I miss the deadline?
We will be happy to review your application for the next cohort.
What is a Behavioral Event Interview?
It is a 75 minute interview that gives you the opportunity to talk about yourself in great detail.
How do I apply for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation MBA in Education Leadership Fellowship?
When you apply for the program, you also apply for the Fellowship.
What does the Fellowship cover?
The Fellowship covers the majority of the cost of tuition, fees and books.
Is there a commitment involved?
Yes. If you receive the Woodrow Wilson MBA in Education Leadership Fellowship, you commit to moving into an educational leadership position in New Mexico within a year of completing the program and serving in a New Mexico school district for three years. If you do not complete this requirement, you will have to pay back the full amount of the fellowship to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Is this program approved by the Public Education Department to sit for the administrative license?
Yes, this program has provisional approval for the first two cohorts and expects to have full approval in Summer 2016.
What are the requirements to sit for the exam?
Please visit the New Mexico Public Education Department's website for more information on licensure.