Ph.D. On Campus

Educational Culture, Policy and Society

University at Buffalo

48 months
11550 USD/year
11550 USD/year
5655 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The doctoral program in Educational Culture, Policy and Society from University at Buffalo mis for you if you are interested in the links between educational institutions (P–16+) and broader social, cultural, political and economic forces and consequences. 


We examine the roles of social forces such as race, class, gender, (im)migration and economic restructuring in shaping differential trajectories and outcomes for varying learning communities. Students are trained in multiple theoretical and methodological traditions to conduct critical educational research across a wide range of settings.

Why Educational Culture, Policy and Society (ECPS) at University at Buffalo?

The features of our Educational Culture, Policy and Society program include:

  • learning how to conceptualize, conduct, analyze and communicate scholarly research 
  • opportunity to pursue research design certificates as part of your coursework, including certificates in applied statistical analysis, international education data analysis and qualitative research methods
  • providing professional development workshops to enhance your research capabilities and facilitate transition from coursework to dissertation and the job market
  • receiving individualized attention from a core group of highly accomplished research-focused faculty members
  • researching underserved populations (related to gender, national origin, race/ethnicity, second language and socioeconomic status) in educational and social environments nationally and cross-nationally
  • valuing mixed methods research (quantitative and qualitative) in the service of broad-based research projects, with you gaining in-depth expertise in one methodology and fluency in the other methodology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative and Global Studies in Education
  • Education and Globalization
  • Sociological Bases in Education
  • Education and Socialization
  • Education and Social Stratification
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Writing Dissertation Proposals
  • Guidance of the Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements vary by program, but here we provide some general graduate admission requirements. Once you've read these general requirements, please contact your desired department for specific advice and details on submitting your application and documents.

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

  • A B-grade or higher
  • Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.). Not all programs require test scores. See the official academic test scores section below for more information.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • An internship or relevant work experience (for some programs).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    5655 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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