Admission to IDEPEL
A cohort of approximately twenty-five members is formed every year. Traditionally the program begins once in the fall semester.
- Master's degree from an accredited institution;
- Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5;
- Computer competence and possession of, or access to, a computer with Internet access and printer (specifications to be provided);
- A commitment to participate in the entire program of study in concert with the cohort group; and
- Participation in interviews with the program director and faculty.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required after review of application but is elective as part of the application submission process.
Applicant checklist (no later than June 1 prior to the beginning of a new cohort):
- A completed Saint Joseph's University Graduate Application, and $100 non-refundable application fee;
- Present official undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
- Assure that two letters of recommendation are submitted by professionals familiar with the applicant's academic or work experience, and the capacity to complete a doctoral program;
- Submit a complete resume or vita to include all professional experience, education, certification, and other relevant information;
- Personal Statement: a letter of intention outlining one's professional goals and educational objectives for attending the university.
- Optional but strongly encouraged is the submission of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.
Admission requirements for Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility:
- A completed Saint Joseph's University Graduate Application.
- Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
- 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in graduate work.
- Valid administrative certificate.
- Three years of full-time administrative experience (by the time the degree is awarded).
- Two letters of recommendations from school district administrators; one of which must be from the applicant's supervising administrator. Both letters must substantiate the candidate's leadership potential and qualifications to become a school administrator.
- Portfolio items:
- Essay concerning how superintendents shape learning in their schools
- Resume that includes Evidence of leadership potential (other leadership roles)
- Applicant's educational philosophy
- A written description of a problem based learning activity
- Personal statement-a letter of intention outlining the candidate's professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.