Educational Administration, PhD

Our Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) program in educational administration will prepare you with the theoretical and methodological skills for careers in university research, governmental and non-governmental policy analysis, educational and public agency leadership, and community-centered non-profit work. Our program is for researchers interested in connections between educational policy and leadership and increasing access, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within public educational spaces. It also is for researchers who aim to find new ways to integrate theory into practice and utilize interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to make a difference on critical problems affecting society today. The PhD program is different from the EdD program in that the PhD emphasizes training in empirical research, theory development, and the generation of new knowledge and is best suited for students who aspire to academic careers as university faculty or researchers.

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Why Educational Administration at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • faculty expertise in critically-oriented educational policy and leadership theories and methodologies
  • faculty expertise in global and localized educational issues, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary praxis
  • coursework designed to meet individual student needs
  • coursework designed to connect research with practice through frequent guest speakers 
  • programming designed to stimulate critical conversations around the relationship between researcher identity, research processes, and structural inequities within society, schools, policy, and practice
  • programming designed to provide core knowledge in educational policy and leadership, and to support students in a specialized area of study

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Credits required for completion 72
Time to completion 4 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus
  • 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 Fall: Jan. 1

Program Faculty

Alvarado, Jasmine

Jasmine Alvarado

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

480 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-6628


Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Leadership; Elementary Education; ESLĀ  / ENL / Bilingual; Immigrant Issues; Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; School and Community Partnerships; Urban Education

Baxley, Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn Baxley

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

485 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1085


Research Areas: Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; School and Community Partnerships

Lemke, Melinda

Melinda Lemke

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

University at Buffalo, SUNY Graduate School of Education Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Buffalo, NY 14260


Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Policy; Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Legal Issues; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Wellness

Stone-Johnson, Corrie

Corrie Stone-Johnson

Educational Leadership And Policy

473 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2471


Research Areas: Administration/Management; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; Global Issues; Leadership; Leadership Training; Organizational Change; School and District Reform; Urban Education

Questions about the program?
Corrie Stone-Johnson

Coordinator of Educational Administration

Associate Professor
Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy
473 Baldy Hall


Frequently Asked Questions

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Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection, a computer that meets university computing standards and basic computer competency.