Higher Education, PhD

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Our doctoral program in higher education will prepare you for a variety of professional paths, including leadership positions in college and university administration, higher education faculty and policy research. Our program focuses on issues of concern to scholars and leaders in all types of higher education institutions. Given the variety of positions that you can pursue post-graduation, your advisor will work individually with you to craft a course of study and pursue experiences that will help you meet your individual goals.

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Why Higher Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • application of theory and research methods to the study of higher education
  • commitment to issues of equity, diversity, justice and inclusion, and the development of multculturally competent higher education professionals
  • emphasis on interdisciplinary work that allows researchers to develop new insights for the scholarship of higher education
  • flexible curriculum that allows you to concentrate on areas of special interest
  • focus on the broad foundations and contexts, as well as the critical contemporary issues of higher education
  • frequent and close collaboration with prominent faculty, knowledgeable professionals and community leaders
  • strategic links with Western New York's 32 two- and four-year colleges and universities, numerous school districts and other educational settings that offer abundant research, practice and professional opportunities

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
Careers
  • senior college and university leadership
  • mid-career higher education administrator
  • faculty in higher education
  • researcher for local, state and federal education policy organizations
Application deadline Dec. 1

Program Faculty

Daun-Barnett, Nathan

Nathan Daun-Barnett

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

468 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1096

Email: nbarnett@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Educational Change; Educational Policy; Equity and Poverty; Gamification; Higher Education; Organizational Change; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; School Counseling; Sociology of Education; Urban Education

Iantosca, Megan

Megan Iantosca

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

477 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1095

Email: mmhollan@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Achievement; Diversity; Educational Policy; Equity and Poverty; Ethnography; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Sociology of Education; Urban Education

Kim, Namsook

Namsook Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

475 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1094

Email: nkim3@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Diversity; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Global Issues; Higher Education; Immigrant Issues; International Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Multicultural Competence; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Online and Distance Learning

Pope, Raechele

Raechele Pope

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

Associate Professor
Dean's Office

482 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1098

Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Administration/Management; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Leadership; Multicultural Competence; Organizational Change; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice

Sallee, Margaret

Margaret Sallee

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

473 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1091

Email: mwsallee@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Leadership; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods

Santa-Ramirez, Stephen

Stephen Santa-Ramirez

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

482 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-5236

Email: srsantar@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Diversity; Higher Education; Immigrant Issues; Legal Issues; Race, Inequality, and Education

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus
716-645-2110
gseinfo@buffalo.edu

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.