Educational Culture, Policy and Society PhD

Graduate School of Education

Program Description

The Educational Culture, Policy and Society PhD program focuses on the role that education—including, but not limited to P-16—plays in the larger society. We pay special attention to institutions, policies and practices that facilitate individuals' well-being, and social and economic outcomes, as well as those that limit them. We focus on the links between educational institutions and broader social, cultural, political and economic forces, particularly among underserved populations in the United States and in the global context. This includes historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups in the United States (e.g., African American, Latino/a, and non-proficient English speakers), and populations with limited financial resources. The Educational Culture, Policy and Society PhD program also focuses on cross-national comparisons of educational policies and practices central to policymakers, and school leaders around the world. Students are trained in mixed methods research (quantitative and qualitative) to support broad-based research projects. Students will gain in-depth expertise in one methodology and fluency in the other methodology.

Program Contact

Renad Aref
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2110

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 4 to 5+ Years

Application Fee

  • $50

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.