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Educational Policy and Leadership, Ph.D.

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University rank #501 (ARWU) Albany, NY, United States
The PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership prepares students to be scholars or scholar-leaders, who are globally connected and locally engaged. Students can pursue tracks in education policy, global comparative education policy, higher education and school leadership (Pre-K-12).
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The PhD in Educational Policy & Leadership prepares aspiring, early-career, and mid-career individuals with the knowledge and skills to take on leadership and policy analyst roles in schools, colleges and universities as well as governmental, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations that shape the policy contexts in which education operates. Students are exposed to a comprehensive curriculum that prepares them through an academic experience guided by a global vision of education, rigorous inquiry, and transformative practice.

The program provides students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of educational policy research, policy analysis and critical analytical decision-making and leadership skills. Students gain an appreciation for the complementarity between theory, evidence and practice in our field, and how the most promising efforts to improve the quality of education in all corners of the world benefit from the close integration of theoretical understandings and empirical evidence, with practical applications.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    69 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Policy Analysis
  • Global Comparative Education Policy
  • Higher Education
  • School Leadership

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume or CV detailing professional and educational experience
  • Statement of Goals
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Writing Sample
  • Educational 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26310 USD/year
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  • National

    13058 USD/year
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Living costs for Albany

  • 1010 - 1570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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