Apply to Kilns College

If you are interested in applying for the Fall Cohort, please email Melissa McCreery for additional information and deadlines.

Below are application guidelines for prospective graduate students. Please read the information thoroughly, as there are a number of components to the admission process.

Application Form

Completing the admission application form is the first step to applying for the graduate program.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose serves two important roles in the Kilns admissions process. First, it enables candidates to highlight the personal, professional and educational experiences that led to their commitment to justice and interest in pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Justice. Second, the statement of purpose allows the applicant to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.

Be sure to address why you have chosen to apply to Kilns College, specifically. What is it about the Master of Arts in Social Justice that will facilitate your own growth and development? Additionally, what unique contribution can you make to the program? The statement of purpose should be no more than 1,000 words, typed and double spaced.

Essay Response

In addition to the statement of purpose, we require one additional short essay response. In 500 words students should answer one of the following questions:

  • "Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained." - James A. Garfield. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?
  • "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil." - Hannah Arendt. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process. Letters of Recommendation allow the Admissions Committee to gain additional insight into your life, character and leadership. Ideally, one recommendation should come from a former instructor who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses. Your second recommendation may come from a supervisor, colleague, mentor, or someone (besides a family member) who can speak to your character and heart for justice.

Recommenders should email the letter of recommendation directly to the admission committee at: Please be sure they include the applicant’s full name in the subject line and in the letter itself.


Transcripts are required from each undergraduate institution you attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. Please either include sealed, official transcripts in your admission packet or have them mailed directly to Kilns College:

Office of Graduate Admission

Kilns College

PO Box 673

Bend, OR 97709

Application Submission

There are two options available to applications.

  1. Submission may be made via email to
  2. Submissions may be sent via the US Postal Service to:

Office of Graduate Admission
Kilns College
PO Box 673
Bend, OR 97709