The comparative and global education focus area is designed for students who are interested in studying education in broad-based social, cultural, and linguistic contexts. Students seek to understand the global issues that affect educational practices and outcomes in schools, communities, and educational systems on local and global levels.
The features of this focus area include:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Credits required for completion||32|
|Time to completion||3 to 6 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus, online and hybrid|
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
The specific coursework for each focus area varies. The following general requirements apply to all focus areas.
Comparative and Global Education focus area
The strength of the Comparative and Global Education focus area program of study lies in the maximum flexibility in designing the program according to the dynamic needs and interests of the student. Individualized programs are built and optimized in continuous consultation with and guidance from their academic advisors.
Consider the program below as a guiding reference, instead of a pre-determined program universal to all students.
Core Courses (12 credits)
ELP 500 Nature of Inquiry
ELP 511 Comparative Higher Education
ELP 530 Structure and Reform of Education
ELP 543 Economics of Education
ELP 566 Comparative and Global Studies in Education
ELP 575 Education and Globalization
Elective (12 credits)
Select from University-wide course offerings. See select Educational Leadership and Policy courses below.
ELP 513 Cultural Diversity in Higher Education
ELP 525 Education in a Global Economy
ELP 540 Culture and Schools
ELP 548 Foundations of Education
ELP 571 Women in Educational Comparative Perspective
ELP 574 Education in Asia
ELP 582 Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice
ELP 583 Gender and Education
ELP 585 Sociological Bases of Education
ELP 589 Education and Socialization
ELP 592 American Education for International Students
ELP 593 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
ELP 685 Applied Social Research
ELP 703 Independent Study
Culminating Event (1-3 credits)
Select one of the 3 options below.
Comprehensive exam (1 credit hour; twice a year, in January and May; can take maximum of twice)
ELP 700 Master’s Project (1-3 credit hours)
ELP 701 Master’s Thesis (1-3 credit hours)
Application to Candidacy: An application to candidacy (ATC) for the EdM in education studies, agreed and signed by your permanent advisor, should be filed with the department for submission to the GSE Graduate Studies Committee after completion of 12 credit hours and prior to completion of 24 credit hours.
Degree: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
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.
Admissions Decision: The admissions 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.
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.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled 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.