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

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 certification programs must provide St. John Fisher College with one of the following:

  • Passing score or Safety Net equivalent of the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)*
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)*
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*

*The only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (ALST, GRE, MAT) for professional certification master'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.)