Learn the admission requirements for your chosen doctoral program at the Van Loan School at Endicott College.

Doctoral program admission requirements vary by program. Please refer to your intended program below.

Application Requirements for all doctoral programs

Doctoral applicants are required to have earned a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the doctoral program must apply to the Van Loan School at Endicott College using the online application.

General application requirements for all doctoral programs include

Submission of:

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
  • Current resume and/or curriculum vitae;
  • Three letters of recommendations. Recommendations should address scholarly potential;
  • An original 6-10 page (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) personal statement. Your personal statement should address the following questions: 1) What relevant knowledge, skills, and experiences will you contribute to your doctoral study? 2) In what ways will doctoral study support your academic, professional and/or personal goals? 3). What would be your ideal apprenticeship and why? This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills.
    Please be sure that your full name is included on the pages of your personal statement;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper- based) or 79 (iBT) is required. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.

Additional Program Specific Doctoral Degree Admission Requirements

Applied Behavioral Analysis Program (Doctor of Philosophy)

  • Official copy of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); OR Official copy of scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  • Evidence of at least three years of related, post-Master’s/BCBA professional experience;
  • A Writing Sample. In addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper (limit 10 pages), double-spaced, in APA format, responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing Behavior Analysts today? The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation;
  • An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.
Conditional Admission to the ABA Doctoral Program

A student may be conditionally admitted to the ABA Doctoral Program at the Program Director’s discretion. A student is eligible for conditional admission for the following reasons:

  • A student needs additional time to complete admissions requirements. Students seeking conditional admission for this reason should have completed the online program application, paid the application fee and submitted a substantial majority of the required application documentation;
  • It is determined by the Program Director that a prospective student must demonstrate the ability to succeed in the program prior to full acceptance.

Students requesting conditional admission are first required to speak with the ABA Program Director. The Director’s written approval is required for conditional admission. Once approved by the ABA Program Director, a conditionally admitted student may take either one or two courses as determined by the Director during their first semester in the program. Conditional admission is offered to allow a conditionally admitted student to take courses only in the ABA doctoral program. Conditional admission is valid for a student’s first semester only. If a student has taken one or two courses in the ABA doctoral program as a non-degree student as allowed by Endicott College policy he or she is not eligible for conditional admission. A student who is conditionally admitted must complete all requirements of the ABA doctoral admission process. No admissions requirements for candidates for the ABA doctoral program may be waived for conditionally admitted students. If a conditionally admitted student does not complete the admissions requirements stipulated by the Van Loan School Academic Catalog within their first semester in the program, the student will not be allowed to register for future classes until such requirements are completed in full. A student granted conditional admission is not guaranteed admission to the ABA Doctoral Program. In all other respects conditionally admitted ABA doctoral students are required to adhere to policies that are in effect for traditionally admitted ABA doctoral students.

Educational Leadership in Higher Education Administration (Doctor of Education)

  • An official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
  • A Writing Sample. In addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper, limit 10 pages, (double- spaced, in 12 point font) responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing leaders in higher education today? The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.
  • An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review

Educational Leadership in PreK – 12 (Doctor of Education)

  • An official copy of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Code: 3854 or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Code: 2567.
  • A Writing Sample. In addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit a short paper, limit 10 pages, (double- spaced, in 12 point font) responding to a particular question: What are the most critical challenges facing leaders in PreK-12 education today? The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document.
  • An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application

Nursing Program (Doctor of Philosophy)

  • All students are required to meet the college’s current standards for medical entrance compliance and to provide documentation of licensure as a professional nurse.
  • After admission, compliance requirements are based on the student’s program of study. For example, doctoral students who conduct research at a clinical site are required to meet all requirements related to orientation, immunizations, CPR, malpractice insurance, and any background checks required by the facility;
  • Submit examples of published works or scholarly papers;
  • Basic registered nursing preparation;
  • A 3.0 grade point average at the master’s level is required;
  • A writing sample is required, in addition to the personal statement, doctoral applicants are asked to submit any published work or scholarly papers. The paper should be short, limit 10 pages, (double-spaced, 12 point font) on an issue related to the nursing profession. The writing sample will be evaluated for evidence of: thoughtful analysis, ability to develop main points and support claims, focus and organization, academic style, use of sentence variety and vocabulary to convey meaning clearly, control of sentence structure, language, grammar and punctuation. Please be sure that your full name is on the document;
  • An admission interview is required of all candidates, which will be scheduled after application review.