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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 Transfer and Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

Semester Entry Options

  • Rochester Campus: Summer entry
  • Iona College: 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 higher education institution.
  • A proven record of excellence in mid-level leadership and management.

Application Process

Candidates are required to provide evidence of their potential to meet the demands of a rigorous doctoral-level program. The admissions process involves three phases. 

Phase 1

Candidates for admission are required to submit:

  • Completed online admissions application.
  • Official college transcripts documenting completion of a master's degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from successful leaders currently practicing in your profession or a related profession. (Note: You can submit recommendation letters online. Please refer to the online application for instructions.)
  • Supervisor's Performance Appraisal form which documents employment history and performance for the most recent two years. (Note: The Supervisor's Appraisal form can 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.

Phase 2

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.

Phase 3

The admissions process is completed as follows:

  • The Doctoral Program Admissions Committee reviews all required information and ranks final candidates for admission to the program.
  • Candidates are selected for each cohort.
  • The candidates are notified and offered admission to the program.
  • If any candidate among the finalists declines the offer or fails to submit the admissions deposit by the established deadline, the next eligible candidate on the waiting list is offered admission.