Educational Administration, EdM

Our master's program in educational administration is for you if you are a domestic student working or seeking to work in educational sites other than public K–12 schools in the United States, or if you are an international student interested in leadership, management or policy positions in elementary and secondary education. Our program focuses on developing the intellectual, performance and moral capacity for leadership roles in school districts, colleges and universities, and in training and development programs for other public agencies. This program draws upon the social and behavioral sciences to stimulate new ways of thinking about administering and transforming education organizations.

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Why Educational Administration at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • charter member of the University Council for Educational Administration with student access to all materials and events
  • flexibility to accommodate your particular background and interests
  • focus on orienting international students to American educational systems and preparing them to apply their knowledge globally

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 3 to 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
  • Administrative positions in state and federal government
  • Leadership positions in private and non-public educational agencies, including foundations and/or organizations that work with disabled individuals
  • Teaching and research positions in higher education
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Fall: March 1, then rolling

Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Educational Administration (18 credits)

You will select courses to obtain both a breadth of understanding across the field of educational administration and a depth of understanding within a particular aspect of your field of interest (e.g., economics and finance, multicultural education, organizational theory, personnel, school reform and staff development).

You are advised to take the following courses when offered:

ELP 592 American Education from a Global Perspective (if you are an international student, you are strongly advised to take this course your first semester)
ELP 626 Policy Formulation and Analysis
ELP 627 Issues and Perspectives for Policies in Educational Administration
ELP 630 Leading and Managing People in Educational Organizations
ELP 640 Teacher Leadership
ELP 677 Leading Curriculum and Instructional Improvement

Elective Area of Specialization (9 credits)

You will select three electives with a common focus (e.g., college access, comparative/global education, critical policy analysis, curriculum and instructional supervision, early childhood education, economics of education, educational psychology, English as a second language, literacy, P/K–20 education, sociology of education).

Educational Foundations (6 credits)

You will take an introductory research course, either quantitative or qualitative. You are advised to take ELP 500 Nature of Inquiry.

You will take one course in the economics, history, philosophy, psychology or sociology of education. You are advised to take either ELP 548 Social Foundations or ELP 543 Economics of Education.

Application Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Academic writing: A sample of academic writing approximately 5 pages long.

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.

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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.