Our master’s program in educational culture, policy and society is for you if you wish to explore the role that education (P-16+) plays in the larger society. You will learn how institutions, policies and practices facilitate and/or limit individuals’ well-being and social, economic and educational outcomes. In this three-semester program, you will study education in broad-based social, cultural, political and historical contexts in the United States and other nations. Attention will be directed toward studying the educational policies and practices of underserved populations, including but not limited to historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups in the United States (e.g., African American, Latino/a and non-proficient English speakers) and populations with limited financial resources. You will also explore gender disparities in education, social and economic opportunities, and unequal outcomes in the global context. You will have the opportunity to focus on cross-national differences in education policies and practices.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Credits required for completion||32|
|Time to completion||3 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
The following are sample courses students may take to fulfill the requirement of this EdM degree. Students should take 10 courses plus 2 credits for cumulative project guidance.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
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.
In order to qualify for the in-state residency tuition rate, you are required to provide residency documentation indicating you have lived in New York State (NYS) 12 months prior to your semester start date.
If accepted, you will need to upload 3 documents to qualify for the in-state tuition rate. See Required Documents for Residency Application for more information.
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.
If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled 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.
The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.
Please select the Education Studies (ELP) application if applying for the spring 2023 or fall 2023 semester.