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Admissions and Application Process

Complete the McLauchlan Leadership application process in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Review the fellowship requirements.

All Jenkins MBA students (Full-time, Professional Evening, Professional Online) are eligible to apply to become McLauchlan Leadership Fellows.

Exception: Professional Evening and Online MBA students currently participating in a corporate leadership development program are not eligible to apply.

Other requirements:

  • Currently enrolled Jenkins MBA student
  • Not currently participating in a corporate leadership development program
  • Ability to participate in all McLauchlan Leadership Program sessions, including a mid-November kick-off.

Step 2:  Prepare application materials.

Applicants will need to submit a completed application package that includes the following items: 

  • Basic student information
  • A copy of your professional resume/CV
  • Video essay

Application requirements discussed in greater detail below. 

Other Requirements:

  • Complete Online Application Form
  • Upload resume (part of the Online Application Form)
  • Create video and email it to Program Director, Leigh Shamblin at

Video components:

  • 3-5 minute video essay answering the following questions:
    • Where do we need the most leadership in the world today, and why?
    • Why I want to join this program and what I’d like to get out of it?
    • What can I contribute to the program, if selected?

Step 3:

Application Review & Selection

The program is competitive, and will accept 20-25 students in each cohort. The McLauchlan Leadership Committee, comprised of Jenkins Graduate School of Management faculty, administrators, and the McLauchlan family, reviews all applications.

Students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Leigh Shamblin, at or the Project Coordinator, Candise Lewis, at with additional questions and requests for assistance.

Key Dates and Logistics

Online application availableAugust 21, 2019
Application submission deadlineSeptember 29, 2019
Fellows announcedOctober 9, 2019
McLauchlan Leadership Series kick-off celebrationNovember 15, 2019
Session I: Personal LeadershipJanuary 24-25, 2020
Session I Inclement Weather Makeup DatesJanuary 31-February 1, 2020
Session II: Team LeadershipFebruary 21-22, 2020
Session III: Organizational LeadershipMarch 20-21, 2020
Closing DinnerMay 6, 2020

The fellowship covers course fees and selected meals while the course is in session.