Graduate Education, Counseling, & Leadership Students

Admissions / Graduate Admission / How to Apply / Graduate Education, Counseling, & Leadership Students
This slideshow is not enabled

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), PTE (Pearson Test of English academic), International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP)Trinity Integrated Skills in English II (ISE II), or Duolingo.
  • This requirement may be waived for students attending International schools. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
  • Rider University’s TOEFL Code: 2758
  • Minimum Scores
    TOEFL PBT: 540
    IELTS: 6.0
    PTE: 53
    ITEP: 3.7
    Trinity ISE: II Distinction
    Duloingo: 95
  • Students with scores below the university's minimum requirements will be considered for conditional admission through Rider's English Language Institute.

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) Feb. 1 Oct. 1 N/A
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Feb, 1 Oct. 1 N/A
Full-time Post-Bacc Teacher Cert May 1 N/A N/A
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership N/A N/A March 1
Recommended deadline for 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/Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
    For help calculating your GPA, please e-mail [email protected].
  • Current resume
  • 2 professional or academic 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.
  • Participation in an interview with the program director is required for the full-time immersion option.

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

  • Fall 2020 interview date:
    February 28, 2020
  • 2 professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test score results. Test requirement may be waived for candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, a master's degree, or five years of relevant work experience as determined by faculty.
  • Participation in a group interview session facilitated by faculty, including an on-site writing sample
  • Movement interviews are required for Dance/Movement Therapy applicants.

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

  • Official transcripts from every college and university attended with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Copies of teaching evaluations for the most recent two years
  • 3 letters of recommendation from a supervisor, a principal, and a colleague
  • Professional resume
  • A minimum 1,000-word 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 professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Participation in an interview with a program coordinator

M.A. in Special Education

  • 2 professional or academic 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 or a closely related field. If you do not meet this criteria, please apply to the MA in Counseling Services or M.A. in Clinical Mental Health program.
  • 2 current professional letters of recommendation
  • Individual interview

Note: Applicant must possess one year (or its equivalent) of counseling experience.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology

  • 2 current professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Submission of GRE scores (general exam) with a minimum GRE Verbal and Quantitative score 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