During the admission process the MAIS Oversight Council will explore the potential student’s professional and personal objectives and desire for personal growth. Interviews and writing samples, along with more quantitative measures, will insure that admitted MAIS students will benefit from the program and be likely to succeed.

Applicants for admission must submit the following for consideration:

  • Completed application form.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all schools attended previously. Generally, the student should have attained a 3.0 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last two years or 60 credits of undergraduate work.
  • Personal essay in which the student discusses his or her personal and professional goals and the objectives for wanting to enroll in the MAIS program. This essay is used to assess the student’s writing ability and education objectives, and to determine whether those objectives can be achieved through the MAIS program. The personal essay should address the following questions:
    • Why did you choose the MAIS program at Hiram College?
    • What are your personal motivations, interests, and goals for study?
    • How has your background prepared you for this program?
    • What skills do you bring to the MAIS program?
    • How will this program enable you to fulfill your life goals?
  • Writing Sample. Strong writing skills are critical to success in the MAIS program. The applicant should submit a paper that he or she has written previously.
    • The paper must have been written in the last 5 years.
    • Choose something where you have been asked to analyze something, draw conclusions, support an opinion or otherwise generate an argument. We are looking for a critical analysis of a concept or issue. We are looking to see how you support that analysis in writing.
    • The writing sample could be a paper from a college level course or writing that was generated for a professional audience.
    • Business plans do not provide the narrative required of this sample.
    • Avoid items such as newsletter or other informational pieces.
    • The suggested length of the writing sample is 3-5 pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font.
  • Two letters of recommendation describing the student’s motivation, intellectual ability, and accomplishments.

The application process requires a personal interview with representatives of the MOC. An offer of admission expires after one calendar year at which time the applicant must reapply.


Students who stop out of the MAIS program must complete a readmission application and discuss re-enrollment with a representative from the Center for Adult Studies. All academic and financial obligations must be met for a student to re-enroll in the program.