Leadership Programs

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 a one-of-kind career development opportunity for independent school enrollment leaders.  Whether you are an experienced director or looking to expand your career horizons, this rigorous, 10-month program is for you.

The curriculum covers the breadth of enrollment management and dives deeply into institutional and societal contexts, information and knowledge management, pricing and aid policy, admissions policy and practice, retention organization, and leadership.  This online program has been designed so that you will gain:

Congratulations to the 2017-18 independent school cohort!

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

The cost of the program is $10,000, and EMA provides up to ten $5,000 scholarships each year for its members.  The scholarships are provided to professionals accepted into the USC program on a rolling basis, and USC offers two application deadlines for independent school personnel:  May 1 and August 1.

The session dates for the 2018-19 program are:

  • Session 1: October 1-December 14, 2018 (Thanksgiving break: November 19-23)
  • Session 2: January 7-March 15, 2019
  • Session 3: March 18-May 24, 2019

Start planning for one of the most significant professional development opportunities of your career! 

Read insights and new perspectives gained by past participants here.

For more information, contact Dr. Emily Chung, associate director, Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also check out the website at https://cerpp.usc.edu/.

For more information about scholarship requirements and eligibility, contact Nicole Suozzi, senior director of leadership programs and research, EMA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..