Why Choose Us?

Students in class.

Our programs prepare students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders, advocates and empowered change-makers who go on to improve educational practice and education quality in diverse school settings in a rapidly changing world.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy prepares students to take leadership positions as scholars, administrators and policy analysts who positively impact education and educational organizations in Western New York, nationally and internationally. Students gain an understanding of the how and why of successful policy making and leadership. The flexibility of our programs allows students to work with world-class faculty in the classroom, in the field, on collaborative research and publication efforts. Classes are small, informal and engaging.

Learn from Innovative Thought Leaders

Our faculty members are engaged in research that impacts and changes our communities.

Benefit from a Global Community

With students from across the United States and 115 countries across the world in our classes, our department is strengthened by the diversity of backgrounds and global perspectives represented.

Get a Valuable Education that is Affordable

As a public school in the SUNY system, the University at Buffalo has a worldwide reputation for excellence, but costs much less than private schools. In addition, the cost of living in Buffalo is well below the national average. Your dollar simply goes further here.

Engage in Research

In addition to working with faculty researchers throughout our department and UB, you will benefit from opportunities with our community research partners.  

Prepare for a Purposeful Career

As a graduate, you will be equipped to find professional employment in:

  • colleges and universities as administrators and members of the faculty
  • government agencies
  • K–12 public schools
  • public and private industry

Our alumni work in areas of:

  • administration and leadership roles
  • admissions
  • alumni engagement
  • athletics
  • development and administrative offices in academic affairs
  • enrollment management
  • international education offices
  • new student programs
  • policy
  • residence life

Enroll in Nationally-Accredited Programs

The University at Buffalo is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Graduate School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy offers programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Be Part of Something Bigger

  • Why Choose Us?
    You’re searching for an exceptional graduate education that will result in the credential and skills you need to take the next step in your academic and professional career. A degree from a top-ranking school like the University at Buffalo will give you just that—as well as plenty of recognition, respect and opportunity.