Ed.D. Admission Requirements

The Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program operates on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as they are received and admissions decisions are made within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

Semester Entry Options

  • Rochester Campus: Summer entry
  • College of New Rochelle: Summer entry
  • Onondaga Community College: Summer entry

Admissions Requirements

Admission is limited to qualified candidates who have:

  • Minimum of three years of successful management/administrative level experiences
  • Completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Application Process

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Online Application or Admission Application [pdf]
  • Official college transcripts documenting completion of a master's degree
  • Two Letters of Recommendation [pdf] from successful leaders currently practicing in your profession or a related profession. (Note: You can now submit recommendation letters online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.)
  • Supervisor's Performance Appraisal Form [pdf] which documents employment history and performance for the most recent two years. (Note: The Supervisor's Appraisal Form can now be submitted online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.)
  • Three professional writing samples of no longer than five pages each, with the total not exceeding ten pages
  • Current résumé
  • Concise essay of no more than one typed page, outlining your vision of leadership and reasons for applying to the program

If you meet the above requirements, you will be required to:

  • Participate in a formal interview process
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample the day of the interview

Note: To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher certification (or educational leadership certification) programs must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)*:

*The only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (GRE, MAT, ASLT) for M.S. programs is one of the following:

  • An applicant already has a master's degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or
  • An applicant already has a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g. Ed.D. or J.D.)