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 either of these two exams for five years after the testing year in which you tested. If your test scores are from more than five years ago, you will need to take the test again.

  • 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.