The School of Education has a rolling admissions policy. Once you submit all required materials and take all necessary steps to complete an application to your program of choice, the admissions committee will review your application and render an admission decision. The doctoral program’s Signature and Higher Education pathways offer one start term: the fall semester, beginning in late August. The doctoral program’s Dissertation Completion pathway (sometimes called “All But Dissertation” or “ABD”) has two options available: EITHER classes on the Manhattanville campus, including individualized advising and support, offering start terms of spring, summer, or fall; OR an online cohort with classes via synchronous online learning and two extended weekend residencies, offering a summer start term only. To be eligible for the doctoral program, you must have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
The priority deadline to apply for the ABD online courses cohort is May 1st.
A paper copy to Manhattanville College, School of Education Graduate Admissions Office, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY, 10577.
You may not submit your own transcripts. The institutions must send them.
Two letters of recommendation
Letters should be written and submitted by professional or academic references.
References will be automatically contacted by email once you enter their names and email addresses into your online application. Your references will be able to complete a form contained in the email request and/or to upload a letter.
You may not submit your own letters of recommendation.
One letter of nomination
Letter should be written on organization letterhead.
Nomination should assess your accomplishments as a leader and provide details about the quality of leadership.
The nomination letter writer will be automatically contacted by email once you enter their name and email address into your online application. They will be able to upload a letter via a link in this email.
You may not have the same person submit both a nomination letter and a recommendation letter; there must be three different people in total writing to support your application.
You may not submit your own letter of nomination.
Writing sample, such as an article, position paper, memorandum, or essay.
Approximately three to six double-spaced pages.
Discuss your leadership experiences, your strengths in the role of educational leader, your interest in the doctoral program, and what knowledge and skills you hope to develop in the program.
Resume (must be current)
Standardized testof graduate admission
Graduate Record Examination, known as the GRE (ETS school code 2397) OR
Miller Analogies Test, known as the MAT (Pearson school code 1470).
The GRE offers an at-home format. Please click HERE for more information. If your application is otherwise complete and the semester start is soon, your application may proceed to review and decision without the official score report. If you proceed in this way and you are otherwise eligible for acceptance into the program, it will be a provisional offer of admission and you will still need to sit for the test at a later date and have the official score report sent.
Please note that each application is reviewed holistically and test scores will not outweigh other indicators submitted with your application.
Official score report must be sent by the testing agency.
Demonstration of a record of leadership as an educator, leader, and/or manager/supervisor. Two years of administrative experience are strongly preferred.
Interview (with the doctoral admissions committee upon completion of the application)
Demonstrated English language proficiency.
English language exam
TOEFL iBT score of 110 or higher OR
IELTS score of 8 or higher OR
An equivalent exam result.
A certified translation and/or external evaluation of international credentials to determine equivalency of United States academic degrees.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited Manhattanville College School of Education at the initial-licensure level. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. Manhattanville College School of Education has met rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by CAEP.