M.S. in Educational Leadership Application Process

The educational leadership programs operate 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

  • Fall entry only

General Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation which can be submitted online. Please refer to the online application for instructions.
  • Current résumé and personal goals statement
  • Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English)
  • Graduate Transfer Credit Request Form [pdf] and supporting documents (if applicable)

Program-Specific Application Requirements

School Building Leader Program

  • The applicant must hold a New York State (NYS) teaching certificate (professional or permanent) and have at least a year and a half of teaching experience before admission to the program.
  • Both of the recommendations must be from certified school administrators familiar with the applicant's potential to be successful as an educational leader.
  • At the discretion of the program Admissions Committee, an applicant may be required to come to campus for a personal interview and provide an on-demand writing sample.

School Building Leader and School District Leader Program

  • The applicant must hold a New York State (NYS) teaching certificate (professional or permanent) and have at least a year and a half of teaching experience before admission to the program.
  • Applicants for the School Building Leader / School District Leader program must have a minimum of thirty (30) credits of a master’s degree program from an accredited higher educational institution in an area that leads to permanent professional teacher or pupil personnel services certification.
  • Both of the recommendations must be from certified school administrators familiar with the applicant's potential to be successful as an educational leader.
  • At the discretion of the program Admissions Committee, an applicant may be required to come to campus for a personal interview and provide an on-demand writing sample.

Note: To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher professional certification programs must provide St. John Fisher College with either of the following:

Test scores are valid on these exams for five years.

  • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for baccalaureate and/or master's degrees from approved postsecondary institutions.

*Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at grad@sjfc.edu or (585) 385-8064 to inquire about minimum scores required on these exams.