Apply to Kilns College

The following admission guidelines should be used for students applying to the Social Justice program and the Innovation & Leadership program.

Application Deadline

The deadline for Spring 2016 has been extended to December 15th. Deadlines for Fall 2016 are May 1st (early admission) and June 20th (regular admission). If you are interested in applying please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Thank you.

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.

Application Fee

Along with your application form, you can make payment for the $45 application fee: Online (Select "Tuition" as the designation and include your name in the memo. Forward your electronic receipt to the Office of Graduate Admission) or Via personal check (mail your check to Kilns College, P.O. Box 673, Bend, OR 97709)

Attention international applicants, please note the Office of Admission will contact you directly regarding payment for the $45 application fee. No further action is required on your part at this time.

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 pursue advanced learning. 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 or Innovation & Leadership) 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?
  • Since the beginning of civilization, theories and models of leadership have vacillated between leadership by influence and leadership by strength. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this dichotomy? With what traits would you define an effective leader?
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. How does King’s perspective here resonate, or not, with your understanding of leadership, 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 (though not required), 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