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Graduate programs in Education, Counseling, and Leadership are designed for hands-on learning, real world situational analysis, and an understanding of the world in which today’s leaders must function. Each program has unique requirements and deadlines that are listed below.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the application for graduate study online or fill out a paper application.

  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are applying online, you may pay via credit card. All checks should be made out to Rider University and should include the student’s name and phone number.

  3. Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended.

  4. Statement of aims and objectives (minimum one page)

  5. Copy of your current resume

  6. Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, if English is not your native language, and you did not attend a U.S. university for a previous undergraduate or graduate degree program.

    Minimum TOEFL score: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (iBT)

    Minimum IELTS score: 6.5

Application Deadlines

Grad Program Fall Entry Spring Entry Summer Entry
School Psychology - ED.S Feb. 15 N/A N/A
M.A. Counseling Services &
M.A. Clinical Mental Health
April 1 Nov. 1 N/A
All other Education, Counseling, & Leadership Programs Aug. 1 Dec. 1 May 1
M.A. Teacher Leadership N/A N/A July 1

Admissions Mailing Address

Rider University
Office of Graduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099

Entrance Requirements

Graduate Level Teacher Certification Program

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official notification of passing Praxis test score(s). Required test(s) is dependent upon the type of certification the applicant is seeking. See the GLTP handbook for more information and go to to find test dates/locations and register for the exam(s).

Important notice: All New Jersey colleges and universities are implementing the new state-mandated requirements for candidates applying to enter teacher certification programs after September 1, 2015.

The major change to the admission requirements is a passing score on the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Praxis Core), in addition to a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II content test. You can find information about both tests at: For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at [email protected] or 609-896-5036.

Note: Program is not available to F-1 student visa holders; other visa holders should contact the NJ State Department of Teacher Licensure directly to ensure that they would be eligible for student teaching and state certification.

M.A. Counseling Services (School) and
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test score results
  • Participation in a group interview session facilitated by faculty, including an on-site writing sample

M.A. Teacher Leadership

  • Official transcripts from every college and univeristy attended with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Copies of teaching evaluations for the most recent two years
  • Letters of recommendation from a supervisor, a principal, and a colleague
  • Professional resume
  • A minimum two-page reflection on the following prompt:
    • What are the knowledge, skills, and qualities that will enable you to become an effective teacher leader in your school?

M.A. Organizational Leadership

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Participation in an interview with a program coordinator

M.A. Special Education

  • 2 professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a current district or school administrator)
  • Participation in an interview with a program coordinator

M.A. Teaching

  • 2 letters of recommendation (at least one letter of recommendation from a district or school administrator, or an immediate supervisor or team leader)
  • Participation in an interview with a program coordinator

Education Specialist (ED.S.) Counseling

  • Applicants must possess a Master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP accredited school. If you do not meet this criteria, please apply to the MA in Counseling program.
  • 2 current professional reference
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or score results
  • Group or individual interview
Note: Applicant must possess one year (or its equivalent) of counseling experience.

Education Specialist (ED.S.) School Psychology

  • 2 current professional references
  • Submission of GRE with a minimum GRE Verbal and Quantitative of 144, respectively
  • Group or individual interview