CAS Admission Information

There are both University- and program-specific requirements for CAS applications. Completed applications are welcome anytime: fall, spring or summer.

To be considered for admission to the CAS program you need:

  1. A baccalaureate from an accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by the NYS Board of Regents to confer degrees;
  2. A master’s degree of at least 30 graduate credit-hours in a teaching or closely related field;
  3. A minimum of three years paid, full-time classroom teaching and/or pupil personnel service in PreK-12 public or non-public schools;
  4. A copy of your permanent or professional certification in classroom teaching or pupil personnel service.
Additional admission requirements particular to the Educational Leadership program include:
  1. A personal statement that focuses on: (a) your prior leadership experiences; (b) any special skills or contributions to the field of education; (c) why you wish to pursue administrative leadership certification at this time in your career; and (d) your leadership goals for the future. (Note that these required foci differ from the generic Graduate School instructions. This is an important part of your application. Be as specific as possible, including examples where appropriate. Aim for 3-4 typewritten, double-spaced pages);
  2. Two completed CAS Reference Forms (.pdf, 89kb) from supervisors, school or district administrators who know your work and can assess your accomplishments and leadership potential. (These forms are unique to the Educational Leadership CAS and are required instead of general letters of recommendation); and
  3. A resume that includes complete professional employment history, with dates and locations.
  4. Graduate Record Examination (General Test only) sent to code 2535. Take the GRE in time for an official score report to be the application deadline.
You are also required to follow the University’s established graduate admissions procedures, including:
  • completed application forms
  • application fees
  • official transcripts


Last Updated: 4/4/17