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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 Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or PTE (Pearson Test of English academic).

Application Deadlines

Grad Program Fall Entry Spring Entry Summer Entry
School Psychology - ED.S Feb. 15 N/A N/A
M.A. in Counseling Services (School) April 1 Nov. 1 N/A
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health
  - Subtance Abuse and Psychopathology

April 1

Nov. 1

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health
  - Music Therapy & Dance/Movement Therapy



April 17
TEACH first class May 1 N/A N/A
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership N/A N/A May 30
All other Education, Counseling, & Leadership Programs Aug. 1 Dec. 1 May 1

Admissions Mailing Address

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

Entrance Requirements

M.A. in Teaching/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 for more information.
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. in Counseling Services (School) and
M.A. in 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
  • Participation in an audition is required for applicants pursuing the Music Therapy and Dance Therapy concentrations. Auditions for summer 2017 entry will be held April 24.

M.A. in Teacher Leadership/M.A. in Educational 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. in Organizational Leadership

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

M.A. in 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

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in 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.) in School Psychology

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

Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

  • 3 letters of recommendation: 1 faculty recommendation and 2 professional recommendations
  • Two-part Admissions Statement. Applicants should respond with clarity and organization to the following two questions:
    • From among the most significant issues in education/ organizations today, what problem areas of practice are you interested in investigating during your doctoral study? Your response should include the problem of practice, why you want to investigate it, and a strong rationale for the significance of the problem.
      (1,000-1,200 words)
    • How have your previous research, work, and life experiences prepared you for the Rider University doctoral program in Educational Leadership?
      (300-400 words)
  • Individual interview