Educational Administration, EdD

Our EdD doctoral program in educational administration is for you if you are a PreK–12 school leader/administrator at the building and/or district level and you are interested in furthering your academic and practical development. Our program is designed to prepare you to continue working in school systems and districts, frequently at the highest levels of administration. The EdD program is different from the PhD program in that the EdD has a greater emphasis on application to practice as a leader/administrator as compared to a focus on research and issues of theory for the PhD.

Educational Administration, EdD Summer 2020 Courses for New Students

Courses, course delivery and course dates for new students have changed. While the program is advertised as hybrid, it will be offered 100% online for the first year. For 2020, coursework will commence with the fall semester (as opposed to May) and students will still be able to finish in three years. For additional questions about this program, please contact Dr. Corrie Stone-Johnson at

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Why Educational Administration at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • cohort groups working together during the program
  • cohort seminars on school leadership
  • collaborative applied research on school-based issues and leadership actions
  • hybrid courses that meet four weekends on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • individual or collaborative capstone project or disertation research
  • integration of theoretical and experiential learning
  • flexible coursework delivery to meet your needs
  • focus on teamwork and collaborative problem solving

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Education (EdD)
Credits required for completion 76
Time to completion 3 years
Course delivery Hybrid
  • Administrative positions in local school administration and state and federal government
  • Teaching, researching and policymaking positions in higher education across New York State and worldwide
Application deadline NEW temporary deadline: May 1

Regular deadline: April 1 (summer admission only)

Program Coursework

Transfer Credits (maximum 30 credits)

You may transfer up to 30 credits from your approved administrator preparation program. The transferred credits may not include those that were assigned to an internship or clinical experience. Prior to your formal admission, your advisor will determine which courses can be applied to your doctoral program. Courses older than 10 years at the time of admission must be petitioned before they can be accepted.

Required Cohort Core Seminars (12 credits)

ELP 624 Research Paradigms and Problems in Educational Research
ELP 626 Educational Policy Formation and Analysis
ELP 630 Leading and Managing People in Education
ELP 677 Leading Curriculum and Instructional Improvement 

Specializations and Electives (minimum 15 credits)

You must complete a sequence of at least five courses that reflect your particular academic and professional interests. You can choose courses offered within or outside the Graduate School of Education, depending on your particular interests and background and in consultation with your advisor.

Areas of specialization include school business and human resource administration; policy formulation, implementation and analysis; or leadership for curriculum and instructional leadership.

Your chosen specialization can incorporate the requirements for an existing Graduate School of Education advanced certificate such as the advanced certificate in school business and human resource administration.

Research Methods (minimum 12 credits)

In order to acquire and demonstrate your proficiency in research methods, you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in the research component, and must include:

ELP 500 Nature of Inquiry (or equivalent) 
ELP ### 1 introductory quantitative research methods 
ELP ### 1 introductory qualitative research methods 
ELP ### 1 advanced quantitative or qualitative research methods 

(Research courses may be taken from other departments at UB with the permission of your advisor.)

Dissertation in Practice (minimum 10 credits)

Upon successful completion of the required coursework and with your advisor’s permission, you will take three to four hours of ELP 702 during the final three semesters of your program in order to maintain matriculation while completing your qualifying paper, capstone project/dissertation in practice research proposal, and your final project.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission:

  • All applicants will be scheduled for an admission interview.
  • You must hold a master's degree.
  • You must hold at least one of the following school administrator certificates from New York State: SBL, SDL, SDBL, SAS, SDA or SBA. (Administrator certificates from other U.S. or international jurisdictions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • You must have completed an officially approved administrator preparation program leading to state certification, such as UB’s 36 credit hour Leadership Initiative For Tomorrow’s School’s (LIFTS) program.
  • Experience as an administrator is preferred, but not required, although in the case where you have not served formally as an administrator or supervisor, evidence of having assumed informal leadership responsibilities will be requested (such as teacher team leader).

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Test scores*Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores from tests taken within the last five years. For the GRE, please use institution code 2925 and department code 3001.
  • 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.)
  • Sample of academic writing*: A sample of your academic writing at least 5 pages long.
  • Statement of interest: Statement of your career goals and objectives.
  • Proof of administrator certification
  • Resume
* University at Buffalo LIFTS Program Alumni

Test scores, contact information for recommendation letters, and sample of academic writing requirements are waived for University at Buffalo LIFTS program alumni.

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 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.

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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.