Leadership Programs

Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate Program

About the Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate Program

EMA and the USC Rossier School of Education have partnered for the fourth year in a row to offer an online certificate program for independent school enrollment leaders. USC Rossier's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice (CERPP) offers The Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate program which is 30 weeks in length, with three 10-week sessions over the span of an academic year.

Program Highlights

The curriculum covers enrollment management in institutional and societal contexts, information and knowledge management, pricing and aid policy, college admission policy and practice, retention organization, leadership, and case studies.

You will gain:

  • Extensive content knowledge across the field
  • A detailed professional portfolio to showcase your work and guide your practice
  • Practical case study experience
  • A national network of dedicated professionals, with an optional opportunity to meet your peers in person at the USC CERPP conference (held annually in Los Angeles in January)
  • Instruction by recognized leaders in the field
  • Advising by two enrollment management veterans from the independent school community
  • An expansive view of enrollment management, policy, and practice
  • A USC Certificate in Leadership in Enrollment Management to acknowledge your achievement

Session Dates for the 2019-20 Academic Year:

  • Session 1: September 30-December 15, 2019 (Thanksgiving break: November 19-23)
  • Session 2: January 6-March 15, 2020
  • Session 3: March 16-May 24, 2020


Tuition for the full 30-week USC Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate program is $10,000. The tuition is payable by the first day of the course unless otherwise arranged. A three-part payment plan is available upon request. There may be a small fee for course materials (not to exceed $100).

Balmer Scholarships

Stephanie BalmerIn recognition of the exceptional contributions of the late Dr. Stephanie Balmer to the advancement of enrollment management, EMA's trustees named our scholarships to USC's Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate program in her honor. 

Ten $5,000 Balmer Scholarships are offered by EMA each year to our members. They are available for professionals accepted into the USC program on a rolling basis. USC offers two application deadlines for independent school personnel: May 1 and August 1.

If your participation in the program is dependent upon a Balmer Scholarship, please indicate that requirement on your application. If your application is accepted by USC, you will then be eligible to apply for a Balmer Scholarship. When you receive your admission decision from USC, please contact Andria Mullaney to express your interest in the EMA Balmer Scholarship. All scholarship applications will be reviewed and recipients notified prior to the start of the program, so that candidates can complete the enrollment process with USC before their deadlines.

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Ready to Apply?

Visit the CERPP website to learn more and to apply.

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Program Contact

Dr. Emily Chung, Associate Director
Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice
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Interested in other programs at USC Rossier?

Check out their Master of Education in Enrollment Management and Policy (EMP) program.

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Congratulations to the 2018-19 Certificate Scholars

Claire Bunting Joanne Carruthers Tom Hamilton Francisco Hernandez
Claire Bunting
Director of Middle and Upper School Enrollment, The Baldwin School (PA)
Joanne Carruthers
Director of Admissions, Stanstead College (QC)
Tom Hamilton
Associate Director of Admissions, The Winchendon School (MA)
Francisco Hernandez
Assistant Dean of Admission, The Buckley School (CA)
Matt Kessler Marjorie Mitchell Jennifer Pease Kelly Tedrow
Matt Kessler
Co-Director of Secondary School Counseling, The Park School (MA)
Marjorie Mitchell
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services, The Westminster Schools (GA)
Jennifer Pease
Director of Financial Aid K-12 & Asst Director of Admissions 4-12, The Dalton School (NY)
Kelly Tedrow
Associate Director of Lower School Admissions, Francis Parker School (CA)
Emily Wagner Amy Walia-Fazio    
Emily Wagner
Assistant Dean of Admission, Lake Forest Academy (IL)
Amy Walia-Fazio
Associate Director of Secondary Admissions, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences (CA)



Meet the 2017-18 Independent School Cohort

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Julie Cameron
Director of Admission and Financial Assistance, Ridley College (ON)
Kate Auger-Campbell
Director of Product Strategy, The Enrollment Management Association
Tricia Xavier
Communications/Development Associate Director/Registrar, Kadima Day School (CA)
Sara Gilli
Assistant Director of Admissions, Lawrence Academy (MA)
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Margaret Marks
Assistant Director of Admission, The Overlake School (WA)
Kathleen Ngkaion
Director of Admissions, Jakarta Intercultural School (Indonesia)