Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (PSAP)

This Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) provides an opportunity for you to obtain a superintendent licensure alongside a doctoral degree while exploring coursework focusing on leadership for social justice, school reform, community building, and leadership for learning. Our partnership with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and Teachers21 will prepare you to become future superintendents and school leaders for public, Catholic, charter, and independent schools.

At a Glance

How many courses?

The program consists of 13 courses (39 credits).

How long will it take?

Most students typically finish within 3 years.
Two-week sessions each summer are required.

When can I start?

Students must begin the program in the summer term. A new cohort is accepted every other year.


Through a cohort model that emphasizes collaborative learning and support, this program aims to create a powerful network of district-level leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.


  • Courses: 12
  • Credits: 39
  • Comprehensive Exam


Financial Aid

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 
PSAP builds the skills you need to be an effective district administrator into its structure. Through the cohort model and coursework, we were taught to understand research, implement best practices, and collaborate and reach consensus as a team. Being able to draw on what I’ve learned is now an invaluable resource for me, and I’ve become a more flexible, reflective leader.
Michael E. Morris, Ed.D '16 , Superintendent, Amherst-Pelham, Massachusetts



  • Superintendent
  • Director of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Pupil Services
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Dean of Students
  • Executive Director of Strategy
  • Assistant Superintendent


  • Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District
  • Ludlow Public Schools
  • Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative
  • Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Brockton Public Schools
  • Newton South High School
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Holyoke Public Schools



Application & Deadlines

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The next entrance term for this program will be summer 2023.

To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

The Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) Ed.D. program does not require the GRE for admission. You may submit GRE scores, but applicants are not required to do so.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit

Lynch School of Education and Human Development GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The document should be approximately 15-25 pages.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. 

Requirements for International Students

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