The final score for each candidate will be calculated based on a portfolio, an application essay, and an interview. The language for both documents and the interview is English.
To be considered for this MA, please send us your portfolio and an application essay by the 8th of August, 23:59 Moscow time to our email firstname.lastname@example.org (the deadline was extended)
The requirements for the Portfolio (20 points) are the following.
- a one-page CV,
- a list of presentations or publications or description of practical experience,
- full transcripts of studies and a certificate of English (if any),
- 1-2 page expression of interest or a self-recorded video of no longer than 3 minutes.
All documents should be in English, formatted in no smaller font than TNR 12 and submitted via email by the established deadline. If you think that some other materials can strengthen your case for joining the program, feel free to add them to the portfolio.
- Genuine interest and motivation,
- experience in the relevant work,
- English competency.
See the requirements for the Essay (30 points) below.
No longer than 2500 words including all references, in English, in an academic format, answering one of the proposed questions/charges. The name of the author should only be mentioned on a separate title page. Font: TNR 12.
Questions/charges for the proposal (choose one):
- Imagine a typical higher education degree 30 years from now.
- Will higher education ever shift from academic disciplines towards competences/skills?
- How do you see the nexus of leadership, technology, and innovation in higher education?
- What is the ‘next big thing’ in higher education and what happened to the last one?
- the alignment between the proposal and the goals of the MA;
- the command of original argument;
- the level of academic standards for writing, including proper referencing;
- the quality of English prose produced.
With the final application deadline fast approaching, we wanted to share how we see the admission essay of the ideal candidate for the Master of Arts in Experimental Higher Education (MA X-HE).
- You know what you are talking about. In your essay, you discuss matters that you have thought about and keep thinking about. You are comfortable with identifying educational challenges and opportunities. You are familiar with the recent debates. To up the ante: you show the command of the topic that only comes from being passionate about it.
- You can reflect on your experience with education. It is quite all right if you are not an expert on higher learning – yet. However, you have certainly been a student. The transition to a Master’s in Experimental Higher Education requires that you process this experience from a new perspective. Ideally, you have also experienced higher education as either an instructor, researcher, or an administrator. We are looking for signs of critical approach, readiness to challenge the status quo, and even meta-thinking.
- You can look at the same thing from different perspectives. As an experimenter and a serial educational innovator, you will have to seek support from different actors, and take into account interests of different stakeholders. We would like to see that you can shift perspectives, and look at an idea, a policy, or a model from the points of view of a student, a teacher, an administrator, or a policymaker. The ability to identify risks and limitations of one’s proposal is certainly a plus: after all, X-HE looks for experimenters who can be trusted with responsible execution.
- You can imagine a different future. Universities are famously good at reproduction, but this program will not train people to simply fit better into the system. What should change? Who needs to be convinced that it is important to alter their ways of doing things? How to achieve that? We are looking for a promise. Our graduates will become visionaries who can think in terms of scenarios and consequences and whose work will be leading towards a better higher education. We want to see that you “have it”.
- You can back your points up. As a graduate of MA X-HE, you will have to defend your ideas, and argue in favor or against the ideas of others. You use intellectual tools with mastery. You can combine data and ideas. You see beyond what’s currently en vogue. Finally, your argumentation simply works. It convinces a reader.
Top tip: you do not have to attempt to create a connection between your essay and a portfolio. Both components will be evaluated separately and can be referred to during the interviews. Do focus on making them as good as possible in their own right.
We are looking forward to reading your essay, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
More information about the Interview (50 points).
This year the admission interviews will be held in an online format.
Admission interviews dates
Time: from 11:00 until 20:00 (Tyumen, GMT+5)
Dates: 17th and 18th of August
Extra day: 19th of August
Extra day (full-fee places): 28th of August
Interview (50 points)
Components: an interview of 10-15 minutes will be a conversation between the candidate and the admissions panel about higher education innovations in general and in particular both the proposal submitted and the reasons for willingness to join this program.
- unquestionable authorship of the proposal;
- satisfactory answers to the questions about higher education and submitted proposal;
- social skills;
- command of spoken English.
Maximum score for the whole procedure — 100 points.