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

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

The Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) is a highly collaborative, 3-year doctoral program for systems-level educational leaders. Students develop scholarly and practical skills in areas such as leadership for social justice, school reform, community-building, and leadership for learning. PSAP is the unique result of BC’s partnership with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and The Center for Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools (BHELS) at William James College. 

Key Features

A Cohort of Leaders 

Applicants must demonstrate track records as educational leaders. Cohort members hold leadership positions from across the public, Catholic, independent, and charter school sectors.  

Scholarly practice

Boston College is a member institution of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). PSAP students tackle today's challenges, guided by research and data, and focus on educational equity and social justice. Graduates continue on as leaders in districts, states, schools, non-profits, or as graduate-level instructors. 

Mentoring and Support

PSAP students are supported by world renowned experts in educational leadership, as well as actively mentored by practicing superintendents, throughout their doctoral journey and beyond.

Executive Schedule

All classes are in person and held 8:30 AM - 4 PM. Classes meet on five Friday-Saturday “weekends” each semester. Summer sessions take place in 2-week blocks, beginning in July of admittance. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

The program consists of 13 Boston College courses (39 credits) and seven non-credit bearing Leadership Licensure Program for Superintendents (LLPS) modules.

How long will it take?

96% of students finish within 3 years. 

When can I start?

Cohort members complete all coursework together, in sequence, beginning with a two-week session in July of the first year. Each 26-member cohort is admitted every odd 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
  • LLPS Program Modules


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 $10.8 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. 



  • 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

Research in Practice

Throughout the program, Students prepare brief practitioner oriented reports to demonstrate meaningful impact on practice.



Application & Deadlines

The next cohort will begin Summer 2025. 

Prerequisite Information: To be eligible for the EdD program, applicants must already hold a Master's degree. To finalize the admissions process, applicants must supply a letter from their supervisor confirming that they will be released to attend classes. 

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. The fee is waived for select applicants.



To be uploaded to your online application.

In addition to your academic history and relevant volunteer and/or 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.

PSAP students are outstanding administrators and have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Together, cohort members collaborate with and challenge each other intellectually. Your personal statement provides an opportunity to get to know you, your hopes for your doctoral experience, and what you might bring to the cohort. In 1,000-1,500 words, please tell us about some of your aspirations, research interests, and any challenges or experiences that shed light on you as a leader or potential cohort member. 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required in total. These letters help provide an overall picture of you as a leader, collaborator, and potential graduate student. Ideally, at least one letter should assess your potential for doctoral-level work, from someone well-situated to provide that assessment, such as a professor or researcher in education or a related field. 



Transcripts from all college/university study are required.

Applicants who have received degrees from institutions outside the United States should view the "International Students" section for additional credential evaluation requirements.

Please begin your online application before submitting your transcripts. Details on how to submit transcripts and international credential evaluations can be found within the application. In order to ensure your transcript reaches our office, it is important to review and follow the instructions.

Standardized Tests

GRE scores are not required. If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Please view the "International Students" section for information on English Proficiency test requirements.

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online application.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one writing sample demonstrating their ability to effectively communicate at the graduate level. Applicants should be the sole author of the sample, and it should reflect (a) critical thinking and/or synthesis of ideas, and (b) effective organization, logic, and argumentation. Often, an academic term paper or master’s thesis is the most appropriate choice, regardless of how long ago the paper was written. However, other genres of writing (e.g., journal article, op-ed, district evaluation report) may also be appropriate. 

International Students

Applicants who have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English and who have not received a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS test result that meets the minimum score requirement.

Please click the link below for full details on these requirements.

Requirements for International Students

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