Economics and Education Policy Analysis, MA

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education is partnering with the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a new master’s (MA) program in Economics and Education Policy Analysis (EEPA). Consistent with UB’s emphasis on innovation and interdisciplinarity, this new MA program allows you to explore the intersection between economics and education. This unique program aims to train future education leaders and scholars in using economic theory and econometric tools to solve real-world issues in education.

The field of education increasingly calls for data-informed decisions about resource allocation, educational practices, and policy development. Future education leaders and scholars will be asked to address complex issues in education that either have an economic dimension or that can be addressed using econometric tools. These tools can be applied to a variety of educational questions from student achievement and school reform to financial aid and student loan debt.

This interdisciplinary program will train you:

  • to be skilled in data manipulation and analysis so that it leads to immediate gainful employment in schools and institutions that make use of evidence based decision making
  • to be practical in how you address real-world needs and solve education problems for students in K-12 and Higher Education contexts
  • to be clear in how you communicate those real-world solutions to the public
  • to be sophisticated in your application of theories and analytic techniques to education

Our faculty’s strength in comparative education research makes us uniquely equipped to take an international approach — preparing students to respond to the needs of an increasingly global environment. The EEPA degree program is able to offer students from other countries a curriculum that is particularly relevant to them or to those wanting an international focus.

Who is this program for?

The degree program is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution. Prior coursework in education, economics, and statistics is desirable but not required. This degree program is geared toward anyone aspiring to work in an educational leadership or research setting including scholarly research on educational policy. In particular, this program will appeal to professionals who are responsible for using data to inform practice.

Non-matriculating students are also welcome to take courses offered within the program.


Successful graduates of this program will be prepared to seek careers in the US and abroad, including but not limited to: government education agencies, colleges and university departments of budget, planning, and institutional analysis, ministries of education, school districts, non-profit research and advocacy organizations, and a host of other fields involving data analysis and policy development. This program will also prepare students for challenging academic careers in the areas of education, economics, public policy, and related fields.


The Master of Arts in Economics and Education Policy Analysis curriculum gives students a firm grounding in economic theory, statistics, and educational policy while being practically oriented. Students will take courses from faculty in both Economics and Educational Leadership and Policy.

The master’s degree program is a 33-credit program consisting of 11 courses taken over three semesters starting in the fall semester (see Sample Course Sequence below). Five courses (15 credits) are taken in the Graduate School of Education and five courses (15 credits) are taken in Economics. In addition to core coursework, students may choose elective courses in Graduate Education and Economics according to their area of focus or professional interest.

  • Sample Course Sequence
  • Field Experience (Practicum)
    Students will complete a three credit internship for the final course of the program. Each student will have the opportunity for a field internship experience arranged through the Graduate School of Education. In their final semester, students will complete an internship with a data-oriented education office.

Questions about this degree program?

Contact Dr. Corey Bower at