Candidacy Application ProcessThe online application form will ask for basic biographical information, as well as a summary of your career highlights, and past and current community involvement to give our selection committee a snapshot of each candidate. You may wish to preview the form HERE.
Please read this page thoroughly before starting your online application.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Masters Leadership Program (MLP). This section is intended to give you an overview of “The Program”, depict the criteria for selection, explain the selection process, and describe what you should expect from your experience.
The Program is designed as a broad overview of the community, beyond the participants’ existing areas of expertise, beginning with the highly regarded 7-month (October-April), 13-full day curriculum, where participants enjoy a “backstage pass” to expert speakers and exclusive venues. The curriculum culminates with specific education about being an effective board member and real-time access to board opportunities. The ongoing Program provides continual learning opportunities and a fun way to stay in touch with your new colleagues via our Alumni Association. Our effectiveness is further enhanced through strong relationships with our nonprofit Agency Partners, Community Investment Partners, Class Day Sponsors, and MLP Emeritus Board.
- Candidates have full control of their schedules and can commit to attend all of the 13 full days of classes. Please review the class schedule and make a detailed comparison with your personal calendar to ensure you can commit to attend each class.
- Candidates are retired, semi-retired or nearing retirement. The typical age of candidates is 55+.
- Candidates come from a variety of professions, they have proven senior-level experience in their field and represent the diverse culture of our community.
- Candidates come from the Greater San Antonio area and have a deep desire to “give back” through leadership service to a great cause, to make a difference, and to stay in touch and involved in the community they love.
- If you are interested in lending your leadership skills to a civic commission or (501(c)(3) nonprofit agency as a board member, there is no better way to prepare and no better way to meet and match with agencies.
- Commit to attend all of the 13 full days of classes. Please review the class schedule and make a detailed comparison with your personal calendar to ensure you can commit to attend each class.
- Candidates pledge to serve on a 501(c)(3) nonprofit board or civic commission following graduation.
- Candidates agree to annually report their service positions and hours served.
- All graduates are encouraged to join the Alumni Association (MLPAA). Annual fees are $125.
Please Note: Regardless of the strength of the candidate, not all applicants will be selected due to a large number of applications for a limited number of available positions.
- Those looking to apply for the Masters Leadership Program must first secure a recommendation from a previous program graduate, current student, MLP Emeritus Board or MLP Board member. We suggest networking with graduates and expressing your reasons and qualifications for seeking candidacy in the program. All of our graduates were at one time seeking a nomination themselves, so this is an expected request.
- NOTE: You will be asked to include the name of your nominator when submitting your online application. Upon submission, your nominator will receive an email request to provide an online recommendation for your candidacy.
- Online applications are open between the dates of January 10 and April 30.
- The online application form will ask for basic biographical information, as well as a summary of your career highlights, and past and current community involvement to give our selection committee a snapshot of each candidate. You may wish to preview the form HERE.
- Candidates with completed applications and recommendations may be invited for a face-to-face conversation with an MLP graduate. These 30 minute conversations are structured to answer any questions you may have about MLP and offer an opportunity to add more context to your application.
- We select 51 candidates, and five alternates, each year for participation in the Program. Due to the large number of applications, not all applicants are selected regardless of the strength of their application.
- After all conversations are completed, the committee makes the final determination on candidate selection. Notification will be made no later than the first week of June.
- Once accepted into the Masters Leadership Program, there is a $1,500 tuition fee.
- Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Upon notification of selection into the Program, please contact the MLP Executive Director for more information.