Educational Administration Ph.D.


Admission to the Ph.D. program requires a master's degree. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores are required for Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. Students who have completed UB's master's program in educational administration will need to complete at least an additional 43 credit hours. Students who have completed an approved master's degree, or post-master's certification, elsewhere will need to complete at least an additional 52 hours. Transfer hours up to 24 credits will be awarded on a course-by-course basis and should be requested soon after admission to the program. A special justification must be made in writing to the Graduate School for transferring any courses that were completed over 10 years ago. A minimum of 76 credit hours are required for graduation. These requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be met within seven years from matriculation.

Degree Requirements

A. Educational Administration (minimum 24 credits)

Students select courses in order to obtain both a breadth of understanding across the field of educational administration (e.g., instructional, managerial and political areas) and a depth of understanding or specialization within a particular area of interest to the student (e.g., business administration, curriculum and instructional leadership, economics and finance, organizations, personnel, school reform, staff development, urban education).

B. Cognates (minimum 18 credits)

Students are expected to develop two cognates (with a minimum of 9 credits in each):

A cognate in at least two areas of educational foundations (such as sociology of education, philosophy of education, educational psychology, and history of education.

A cognate in a discipline or field outside of educational administration (e.g., any of the educational foundations areas listed in (1), comparative education, counseling, English as a second language, economics, cognitive psychology, law, political science, management, sociology).

C. Research (minimum 15 credits)

At least one quantitative methods course and at least one qualitative methods course with at least one advanced course in either quantitative or qualitative methods. No more than one introductory course can be taken in any particular research method.

D. Dissertation (10-12 credits)

Total Required Credits: 76