Education Studies, EdM: Education Informatics Focus Area

The education informatics focus area is for you if you are interested in studying how information can be used to inform our knowledge of learning and education. You will develop the understanding and skills necessary to become leaders in applying information to address the needs of formal and informal learners. Our program prepares you to organize, analyze and disseminate information to facilitate educational and organizational objectives, as well as how to improve people's use of information.

Why the Education Informatics Focus Area?

This focus area is unique because it integrates expertise from our Department of Learning and Instruction, as well as our Department of Information Science.

As a student in this focus area, you will:

  • discover how to improve the ways that people use information
  • learn how to organize, analyze and disseminate information to facilitate educational and organizational objectives
  • study the pedagogy of information use

In addition, you can work with your academic advisors to create an individualized program of study within this focus area, based on your specific interests and needs.

Program Overview

Degree granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 32
Time to completion 3 to 6 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus and online hybrid
Career Opportunities

Optional focus areas include:

  • Faculty and researchers of Education, Library and Information Sciences, and other fields related to the Learning Sciences
  • District Coaches and Administrators in K-12 schools
  • Informal Education Designers and Instructors
  • Policy Makers and Analysts in Government and Non-Governmental Agencies
  • Educational Technology Developers
  • Institutional Assessment Specialists
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Sample Core Courses

  • LIS 500 Information Uses/Users/Practices
  • LIS 561 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • LIS 569 Database Systems
  • LIS 571 Information Representation and Organization
  • LAI 615 Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL)
  • LAI 645 Special Topics: Educational Design
  • LAI 657 Analysis of Quantitative Research I
  • LAI 698 Instructional Strategies

Sample Elective Courses

  • LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation
  • LIS 559 System Administration
  • LIS 562 Networking Technology
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval
  • LAI 573 Technology as Social Practice
  • LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods
  • LAI 648 Equity, Diversity and Epistemological Issues in Technology
  • LAI 658 Analysis of Quantitative Research II
  • LAI 669 Introduction to Qualitative Field Methods
  • LAI 671 Philosophy of Technology
  • LAI 683 Select Topic: Learning Technologies and Research

Culminating Event (selected from the following)

  • Master’s Capstone Exam or Project
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Practicum
  • Directed Study

Application Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.

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 are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter. Only students applying to education studies with a specific focus area(Comparative and Global Education, Educational Culture, Policy, & Society, or Education Informatics) are required to submit letters of recommendation.

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 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.
In order to be compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.

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 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 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 in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

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.