Education Studies, EdM: Focus Area in Comparative and Global Education (CGE)

Students who select this focus area will receive the Master’s of Education (Ed.M.) degree in Education Studies. The focus area in Comparative and Global Education (CGE) is noted on the diploma. The CGE focus area is designed for students who are interested in studying education in broad-based social, cultural, and linguistic contexts. Students in this focus area seek to understand the global issues that affect educational practices and outcomes in schools, communities, and educational systems on local and global levels.

The CGE focus area prepares students with both foundational and advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become global educational leaders. Students in this focus area will be prepared to contribute to the most current and pressing discussions around educational policy as they are happening around the world.

Focus Area Prospective Students Format
Comparative and Global Education (CGE)

Anyone interested in the study of education in global contexts including those aspiring to be a successful professional or academic in educational leadership. Careers include but are not limited to the following:
• Faculty and researchers of comparative education or related fields in higher education;
• Teachers and administrators in K-12 schools;
• Policy makers and analysts in government and nongovernmental agencies.


Successful graduates typically take jobs in:

  • Colleges/Universities—as faculty/scholars of comparative and global education or administrators in international (e.g., study abroad) programs;
  • Schools—as supervisors or school administrators;
  • Ministries—as policy makers and analysts;
  • International development or human service agencies—as analysts, program officers, or administrators;
  • Non-governmental agencies—as researchers, analysts, program officers, or administrators.

Program of Study

The strength of the CGE focus area program of study lies in the maximum flexibility in designing the program according to the dynamic needs and interests of the student. Individualized programs are built and optimized in continuous consultation with and guidance from their academic advisors.

Consider the program below as a guiding reference, instead of a pre-determined program universal to all students (see Course Descriptions online).

Core Courses (Take a minimum of 12 credit hours from the courses below.)

  • Nature of Inquiry (ELP500)
  • Comparative Higher Education (ELP511)
  • Structure and Reform of Education (ELP530)
  • Economics of Education (ELP543)
  • Comparative and Global Studies in Education (ELP566)
  • Education and Globalization (ELP575)

Breadth Courses (Select from University-wide course offerings. See select GSE courses below.)

  • Cultural Diversity in Higher Education (ELP513)
  • Education in a Global Economy (ELP525)
  • Culture and Schools (ELP540)
  • Foundations of Education (ELP548)
  • Women in Educational Comparative Perspective (ELP571)
  • Education in Asia (ELP574)
  • Multicultural Education: Theory and Practice (ELP582)
  • Gender and Education (ELP583)
  • Sociological Bases of Education (ELP585)
  • Education and Socialization (ELP589)
  • American Education for International Students (ELP592)
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Education (ELP593)
  • Applied Social Research (ELP685)
  • Independent Study (ELP703)

Culminating Event (Select one of the 3 options below.)

  • Comprehensive exam (1 credit hour; twice a year, in January and May; can take up to twice)
  • Master’s Project (ELP700: 1-3 credit hours)
  • Master’s Thesis (ELP701: 1-3 credit hours)

Program Procedure

Initial Program

  • Upon admission to the CGE focus area program, the student designs his or her initial program using CGE focus area Program Planner in consultation with the initial advisor and begins coursework.
  • Transfer courses, if any, should be approved by the initial advisor and the department before the end of the 2nd semester. A maximum of 6 graduate-level credit hours may be transferred into the CGE focus area program with the advisor’s approval.

Application to Candidacy

  • Application to Candidacy (ATC) for the Ed.M. in Education Studies agreed and signed by the permanent advisor should be filed with the department for submission to the GSE Graduate Studies Committee after completion of 12 credit hours and prior to completion of 24 credit hours.

Contact Us

For questions regarding Admissions:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Phone: (716) 645-2110

For questions regarding CGE focus area program:

Dr. Namsook Kim
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
475 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Phone: (716) 645-1094