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Master of Science 

Educational Policy and Leadership


Program of Study

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership
  • Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership or approved course in statistics. You may take a course in another subject if you pass the departmental research methods exam. 

Concentration Courses

Three courses in your area of interest.

Support Discipline Courses

Two courses in subjects such as philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, or political science. 


Choose three courses related to your program.

Research Course

Seminar in Education Policy and Leadership or Master's Thesis in Educational Administration


See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Graduate Advisor Gina Giuliano at: ggiuliano@albany.edu

Areas of Concentration

Choose from three concentration options:

Educational Policy

Obtain a working knowledge of different philosophical approaches to policy adoption and implementation, and learn how to lead policy initiatives in government agencies, analyze policy for research and advocacy organizations, and succeed in faculty positions.

Global and Comparative Educational Policy

Dive into the global education policy making process from early proposals to implementation, including stages of policy adoption, monitoring, and evaluation. Alumni with this concentration are working with foreign ministries of education and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and UNESCO.

School Leadership

This concentration prepares you to step into leadership positions in preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools, and university appointments in the area of school leadership. Note: This program does not lead to NYS certification as a School Building Leader. If you are seeking this credential, check out UAlbany's Advanced Graduate Certificates.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  •  Graduates are prepared to enter (a) early to mid-career administrative posts in higher education institutions or education or training units in other organizations or agencies or (b) early career policy analysis posts in education departments, professional associations, or policy research firms or centers.
  • Graduates are prepared to draw from, and critically apply, information from the relevant knowledge and skill base.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529