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Educational Policy and Leadership, M.Sc.

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  • 18 months
University rank #298 (BCR) Albany, NY, United States
This Educational Policy and Leadership program from University at Albany prepares students for careers in educational leadership and policy analysis as well as continuing on to doctoral work. 
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The Master of Science in Education Policy and Leadership offered by University at Albany is a 36-credit (12 course) graduate program that can be completed in a combination of traditional, hybrid or on-line courses.  

Students who enter the MS degree will participate in an engaged intellectual community, interdisciplinary perspectives on educational policy and leadership that capture the complexities of the education sector, and its ties to other sectors.  

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.

Concentrations include educational leadership, education policy, and global & comparative education.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Programme Structure

  • In consultation with their advisers, students design a program of study that advances their knowledge of educational policy and leadership and helps prepare them for careers and/or graduate study.
  • Educational Policy and Leadership Core: These courses provide students with a solid foundation in analytical, theoretical, and quantitative understandings of higher education management and leadership within the broader educational ecosystem.
  • Concentration: Students select three courses in an area of specialty, which are currently educational policy and governance, international and comparative education, and educational leadership.
  • Support Discipline : These courses provide a foundation in concepts drawn from the social and behavioral sciences used in studying education policy and leadership.
  • Electives and Optional Internship 
  • Capstone Research Project 


The MS 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 will engage with a faculty comprised of leading scholars and seasoned professionals who create a unique learning experience and prepare you to be a leader of tomorrow in New York, across the United States or around the world. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling Admission

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      Full-time students take a minimum of three semesters to complete their coursework

    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time students are allowed up to five years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Resume or CV detailing professional and educational experience, as well as other relevant activities such as student leadership positions, community service, and/or presentations.
  • Statement of Goals: Provide a 1-2 page statement of professional goals, including a brief description of your field of interest, related background, desired area of study, and research emphasis or career goals.
  • Three letters of reference 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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The per credit rate for out of state residents is $944.

For in-state students, the per credit rate is $462.

Living costs for Albany

  • 1010 - 1570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Students may apply for graduate assistant and other employment opportunities around the campus, the state university system or surrounding colleges.

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