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Doctor of Philosophy

Educational Policy and Leadership


Program of Study

Pre-Core Requirement: An approved statistics course and either Introduction to Organizational Leadership or Introduction to Social Analysis.


Core Courses

  • Organizational Management and Leadership in Education
  • Advanced Social Analysis

Research Sequence

  • Intro to Research Methods in Educational Administration
  • Research Practicum in Educational Administration and Policy Studies

Concentration Courses

Five or more classes in your primary area of interest.

Support Discipline Courses

Four or more classes in subjects such as philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, and political science.


Seven or more courses in subjects related to your interests and doctoral research goals.

See graduate bulletin for details.

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

International Research Opportunities

Educational policy faculty in the School of Education have been active and prominent members of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) for more than 30 years. Their global education research initiatives include:


  • The International Curriculum and Textbook Archive
  • The Institute for Global Education Policy Studies
  • The Cross-Border Education Research Team (collaboration with Penn State University)


In addition, UAlbany faculty have held senior positions at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the UNESCO Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE); and the European Training Network on Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessments (ETN/OCCAM).


Areas of Concentration
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, learn how policy adoption, monitoring, and evaluation happens in international contexts. Alumni work with foreign ministries of education, NGOs, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and UNESCO.

Higher Education

Learn how to be a strategic leader in post-secondary education organizations, such as departments of academic affairs, student success, advancement, enrollment management, and institutional research. Graduates work at colleges, universities, and corporate, government, and nonprofit training departments.

School Leadership

Prepare 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.

  • Graduates are prepared to enter high level teaching, research or leadership posts in the field of educational policy and leadership.
  • 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