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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. There is no fee to apply.

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:

  • Online admissions application.
  • Official college transcripts documenting completion of a master's degree.
  • Two recommendation forms from successful leaders currently practicing in your profession or a related profession. (Note: Recommendation forms are submitted 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 Performance Appraisal form is 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.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at grad@sjfc.edu or (585) 385-8064.