Invest your summers in an intensive and impactful educational experience that prepares you for a lifetime of leadership.

The Klingenstein Center's Two-Summers Master's Degree Program is a five-semester graduate program that allows you to maintain your current employment in your independent or international school while earning your degree. Modeled on executive professional learning programs, you'll attend five weeks of intensive, all-day classes in each of your two summers at Teachers College, Columbia University. During the school year you will work individually on a projects strengthening your independent learning muscles and putting into practice what you have learned the previous summer.

As part of a diverse cohort of aspiring leaders you'll engage in classes, case-studies, affinity group work, and peer-coaching and mentoring in a supportive community.

Each summer, you'll explore meaningful coursework with renowned faculty, as you examine the practice of leadership through an interdisciplinary approach that centers social-emotional learning, the science of learning, and diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging. The carefully-curated core curriculum examines key aspects of independent and international school leadership such as change leadership, systems thinking, organizational psychology, research methods and data-informed decision-making, ethics in education, non-profit finance, school marketing and communications, education law, educational technology, and mind brain education.

During the year between the two summers, you'll conduct applied research to address a problem of practice in your current school as your practicum project. Supported by a small group of your classmates, a Klingenstein alum mentor, and a Teachers College faculty member, you'll employ the theories you've learned, learn about a new aspect of your school, and give back to your school community while completing this coursework.

You'll engage in a transformational journey as you synthesize what you've learned in your courses, through interview school leaders, in conversations with your cohort and with alumni, and through ongoing guided reflection about your own leadership and philosophies. You'll capture this in your Capstone, a learning e-portfolio that is both a tangible artifact of your learning and a guide for your future practice.

As you graduate, you'll have built new capacities for leadership and gained new connection to a worldwide network of Klingenstein Center alumni who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the world through education.



Applications for the 2023-2025 cohort are now closed. To be notified when applications open for the 2025-2027 cohort, please complete our Contact Us form and indicate the Two-Summers Master's Program as your area of interest.

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Meet Latoya Allen

Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Latoya Allen

Connect with Latoya to learn more about Klingenstein programs and application processes via the Contact Us Form or at 212-678-6666.

Application Deadlines

The regular application deadline are:
Priority Deadline: November 1 (even years)
Final Deadline: January 15 (odd years)
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Summer 2023 Details

The Summer 2023 session will meet Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, July 21 at Teachers College. Reservations for summer housing on campus will open on April 12 at 10am EST.

Two-Summers Program Faculty

Admission Information & FAQs


The Klingenstein program fundamentally changed the arc of my career. It gave me the skills and confidence I needed to be successful as a school leader. The ideas I learned in the courses and from my classmates shape my practice almost daily. My cohort continues to be a professional anchor and a source of friendship and ongoing guidance.
Nidhi McVicar
KSI '10, LA '19, Assistant Head of School, Germantown Academy, PA
Klingenstein sets the standard for independent school leadership. You join a cohort of highly accomplished and passionate educators who are eager to serve and strengthen independent schools and education. This group becomes your second family and provides support, encouragement, and advice for the rest of your career. The curricular experience is highly practical with immediate applications regardless of your role. Klingenstein helped establish my career and has set me on the best track possible.
Marshall McCurties
KSI '17, LA '21, Curriculum Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion, The Overlake School, WA
While the Klingenstein graduate experience is valuable, the educational, personal, and professional connections with my cohort and other alumni are invaluable. Participating in this program is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Stacia McFadden
LA '21, Chief Information Officer, The Lovett School, GA
“The Klingenstein experience is unparalleled. Meaningful dialogue, thought-provoking simulations, and practical fieldwork are the catalysts for lasting friendships and ongoing peer mentorship."
Katherine Huamaní
LA '19, Early Childhood Principal, Cayman International School, The Bahamas
"Even after completing the program, the experience continues. My leadership, both in style and substance, is informed by what I learned at Klingenstein. I refer back to materials, I actively engage in research, and I feel confident asking essential questions. More important, however, are the people in my cohort. I am honored to have the strong connections that were created with a group of bright, thoughtful, caring, and talented individuals in the independent school world. And I know these connections will last a lifetime.
Priscilla Morales
LA ‘17, Associate Head of School, The Park School of Baltimore, MD
More than anything, the Klingenstein program cast a bright light onto the unexplored nooks and crannies, so to speak, of how independent schools operate. It helped me to fill those gaps, big and small, alongside thoughtful and dedicated lifelong learners. My program experience made me a better inquirer and learner, buoyed my confidence in my work supporting colleagues and students, and connected me indelibly with some of the most talented educators in the world. I returned to my school after both summers with a far clearer personal vision and a clearer voice with which to help enrich my school's larger vision.
Jose Leonor
LA '15, Director of Middle School, The Bush School, CA
When I specifically chose the Klingenstein Two Summer program to "check the box" of earning my master's degree, I was not prepared for the ways that the program would have me reflect deeply on independent schools and my leadership in those institutions. It is safe to say that because of the program, its exceptional faculty and staff, and the members of my cohort, I am as prepared as I can be for the challenges ahead. I thought I needed the degree. What I really needed was the Klingenstein experience - transformational learning with an incredible cohort of educators.
Jeremy Stubbs
LA '21, Division Director, Upper School for Boys, Annie Wright Schools, WA
For me, the Klingenstein master's program was much more than a degree, enriching courses or good teaching. There was a focus on building a strong cohort of professional colleagues who continue to enrich each others' lives long after the program ends by sharing new innovations, learning and expertise. In that sense, our degrees are not stagnant or dated, but are part of an ongoing education that relies on a pool of the most talented and highly-motivated colleagues and school leaders I have ever met.
Reem Abu Rehmeh
LA '15, Dean of Students, King's Academy, Jordan