How to Apply:

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility

Along with your completed application accompanied by $100 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:


  • Complete your online application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. 
  • Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned an appropriate graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Personal Statement. One-page personal statement that summarizes the value of the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility program for your personal and professional growth and development.
  • Professional Resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters are accepted from former professors, employers, or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences, or from religious or community leaders.   
  • Additional Evidence of potential for success. Items such as academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations. (not required, but encouraged)
  • Interview with the program director. After all the required application materials have been received, each applicant will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.

Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility with Ph.D. Program


  • Scores from a graduate entrance exam. If you plan to apply to the Ph.D. Program along with the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility, scores from a graduate entrance exam, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), are not required upon submission of your application. The Ph.D. Admissions Committee may require test scores for a more thorough evaluation, especially in consideration of an applicant with a Master's Degree GPA below 3.25.


Questions? Contact: 


Michele Pearson

Admissions, Ph.D. in Leadership & Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility



Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Cynthia Mensch

Director, Schuylkill Center



Dana Baker

Director, Philadelphia Center


Graduate Admissions
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Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility
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