International Education Data Analysis, AC

This certificate is designed to provide students with advanced preparation in data collection and analysis as related to key educational issues nationally and cross-nationally. This certificate is also designed to respond to the growing demand for national and international training in mixed methods research.

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Why International Education Data Analysis at UB?

Through our certificate, you will:

  • acquire skills in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • become an expert in one major methodology (quantitative or qualitative) and fluent in the other major methodology (quantitative or qualitative)
  • develop a deep understanding of educational issues in a variety of nations
  • gain experience in applying appropriate research methods to educational research questions nationally and cross-nationally
  • work with a group of highly accomplished research-focused faculty members and interested students

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 13
Time to completion 2 to 4 semesters
Course delivery On campus

Data collection and analysis within institutional and organizational settings, including:

  • federal and private granting agencies
  • government agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • schools and universities
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling


Program Coursework

Required Courses (10 credits)

CEP 523 Statistical Methods Inference II (prerequisite: CEP 522 or equivalent)
ELP 575 Education and Globalization
ELP 594 Qualitative Research Methods Part II (prerequisite: ELP 593)

Elective Courses (choose one)

CEP 512 Survival Analysis
CEP 526 Structural Equation Modeling
CEP 527 Large-Scale Data Analysis
CEP 528 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
CEP 529 Applied Regression Analysis
ELP 511 Comparative Higher Education
ELP 566 Comparative and Global Studies in Education
ELP 574 Education in Asia
ELP 692 Case Study Research Methods

Application Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with some possible exceptions). 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts can be accessed by the Office of Graduate Admission on your behalf.)
  • Resume
  • Statement of educational and career goals (See application for details.)

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.