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Doctoral Program PSAP

professional school administrator program

The Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) was developed by Boston College more than three decades ago to provide an opportunity for full-time school administrators to pursue doctoral study. We aim to prepare scholar practitioners and district-level leaders who are committed to social justice, ethical leadership, and school improvement and reform.

Program Overview

  • Three-year doctoral program
  • Learning community of approximately 20-25 students per cohort
  • Cohort convenes at Boston College for a two-week session each summer, for three consecutive summers
  • Cohort also meets for 10 all-day sessions a semester on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Boston College
  • Candidates must successfully complete the Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) as a component of the doctoral degree program. Thirty-nine graduate credits are needed to fulfill the requirements for an Ed.D. from Boston College. Tuition for Boston College courses are at the Lynch School graduate tuition rate.Tuition for the licensure portion is set by LLPS; financial aid is available based on demonstrated need.
  • For the final dissertation-in-practice, students work in research teams to investigate a high impact problem of practice in local districts.
  • Courses are taught by distinguished faculty from Boston College and highly knowledgeable and skilled school leaders and consultants associated with Teachers 21 who together link theory and practice.
  • Learn about PSAP alumni.


  • Candidates must have current service as a practicing school administrator (superintendent/assistant superintendent, principal/assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, special education director, or comparable administrator in private, Catholic, or charter schools)

For More Information:

Boston College Lynch School
T: 617-552-4214


Boston College partners with the Leadership for Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) which is comprised of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS), and Teachers 21.

PLEASE NOTE: Our LLPS partners and the PSAP program has received licensure approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE).

Boston College's Ed.D. program is an active member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a national effort by 55 institutions to reform and strengthen the education doctorate.

Jack Aherne
For more information about the LLPS please visit Teachers 21.