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M.S. in Educational Leadership Application Process

The educational leadership programs operate on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as they are received.

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

Semester Entry Options

  • Fall entry only

Graduate Application Process

General Graduate Application Requirements

Note: Please submit the online application before any other supplemental documents (transcripts, resumes, references, etc.) are submitted.

  • Completed online application
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)*
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Current résumé
  • Professional/career goals statement
  • Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English)

Contact graduate admissions or the graduate program chair regarding the process to request graduate transfer credit.

*When requesting transcripts from your previous schools, always follow the electronic PDF delivery method directly to St. John Fisher College. We are in-network participants in most electronic transcript delivery exchange portals and this allows us to receive transcripts automatically without the need to submit them through a third party (as in the use of an email) or through the mail itself. This will save you money and time.

International Student Application Requirements

If you are an applicant from outside the United States, please refer to our information on graduate admissions for international students.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • A copy of New York state teaching certification OR proof of pending certification is required for students just completing their undergraduate studies.
  • To comply with New York state regulations, applicants to graduate-level teacher professional certification programs who do not have a master's degree must provide St. John Fisher College with scores from either of the following:
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)*
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*
    • Note: Applicants who already have a master's degree are exempt from submitting test scores.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for baccalaureate degrees from approved postsecondary institutions.

*Test scores are valid on these exams for five years. Please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at grad@sjfc.edu or (585) 385-8064 to inquire about minimum scores required on these exams.

School Building Leader Program

  • The applicant must hold a New York state 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 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 education 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.