Admission to the Program

The Ed.D. program is limited to qualified candidates who have completed a master's degree or degrees, with no fewer than 60 graduate credits of study in education or related areas, and a GPA of no less than 3.5 in graduate coursework.

Potential candidates will also present teaching or leadership certification and demonstrate potential for educational leadership based on prior work experience.

Other requirements include:

  • an application to Sage Graduate School
  • three letters of professional reference that address the candidate's potential in relationship to the NYSED nine essential characteristics of effective school leaders
  • an on-demand writing sample to determine readiness and capability for scholarly writing
  • a current resume
  • a statement of career goals supporting the choice to enter doctoral study at this time
  • participation in a personal admission interview

Admissions Information

April 25, 2014 (Extended to May 1, 2014)

application deadline

Second Monday in May through Third Friday in May

Program interviews and writing samples

First Friday in June

Cohort Admissions decisions


Dr. Myers,
I wanted to thank you, all of the professors, my doctoral coach (Dr. Jo Moccia), and my cohort for preparing me to take over, in January, as the Superintendent of Schools, in the Watervliet City School District. Thanks to the rigor of the doctoral program, the deadlines that were set, and the make up of the cohort model, I felt fully prepared to take on my new role. As an educator, and district leader, I must meet deadlines, hold myself and the rest of my "team" accountable, as well as work collaboratively...all of which mirror the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

I am grateful to everyone involved in this program.

Lori Caplan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Watervliet City School District