Master of Science in Educational Studies

This program is designed for those interested in the general study of education. It serves three types of people:

1. Teachers interested in obtaining a master's degree in education, but who work in a subject area other than the certification areas offered by Binghamton's Graduate School of Education (i.e., other than childhood & early childhood education, special education, literacy, or adolescence education in English, foreign language, mathematics, science or social studies).

2. Professionals working in schools in non-teaching positions or those in community colleges, human service agencies or other settings dealing with students or schools who would benefit from a greater understanding of educational foundations.

 3. Teachers and educators from other countries who desire graduate study in the field of education, but who are not interested in teacher certification.

This New York state-registered program, designed to be a generalized education master’s degree meeting the needs and interests of multiple students, does not lead to certification in and of itself (college recommendations are not made for licensure). Initially certified teachers will need to apply to NYSED via the individual transcript review pathway and follow up with NYSED regarding professional certification matters.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 36 graduate credits, with a minimum of 24 graduate credits taken in the Graduate School of Education. The student must take at least four credits in each of three educational areas: foundations of education, teaching and learning, and research. The following lists representative examples of courses in each area.


EDUC 501. Crucial Issues in Education
EDUC 504 Multiculturalism and the Practice of Schooling
EDUC 530. Adolescent Psychology and Education
ELED 502. Child Growth and Development

Teaching and Learning

SPED 521. Positive Approaches to Behavior Intervention
LTRC 519. Adolescent Learners and Literacy for the Content Areas


EDUC 541. Applied Research Techniques
LTRC 515. Current Research, Theory,  and Practices in Literacy Instruction

These examples are illustrative, not exhaustive. Other courses would be appropriate as determined by the student's adviser.

Culminating Paper/Project Requirement

In addition to coursework, a final culminating research-based master's paper or project is required for this degree. This would involve a formal research paper on a major educational issue or a research report of a field-based study (15-20 pages).

Alternatively, if the student is teaching, this could involve presenting a reflective portfolio of teaching and curricular materials, including a review of relevant research.

The student's paper supervisor, in consultation with the student, will determine the focus and scope of the paper or project. The paper supervisor should be a GSE faculty member familiar with or interested in the student's research or curricular area; the supervisor is not necessarily the student's program advisor.

Plan of Study Form

The Plan of Study Form for the M S in Educational Studies Program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

MS in Educational Studies Applicants

See the master's degree Admissions page for general directions on applying to master's programs in the Graduate School of Education. Then:

  1. Make sure at least one recommendation letter speaks to your academic abilities, especially researching and writing academic papers. It's best if it comes from a professor of a recent course or from an academic advisor who has taught you and graded your work.

  2. You are responsible for ensuring the recommendation letters and all other materials (GRE score report, transcripts, etc.) are in on time. The deadlines are Feb. 1 for fall admission and Oct. 15 for spring admission. You must take the GRE early enough for the scores to be received by the University before the application deadline. There are no waivers of the GRE requirement for this program.

  3. As part of your application, include an essay of about 1,000 words (4-5 double-spaced pages) that describes:
    • Why you are interested in the MS in Educational Studies program.
    • Your professional goals, including what you hope to contribute to the field of education.
    • An issue or topic you might like to research for your culminating master's paper/project (a couple of paragraphs).

The essay is important in judging your suitability for the program. It helps us to match qualified applicants with full-time faculty members as advisors, a key part of the admission process.


Questions regarding the MS in Educational Studies Program (state MS in Educational Studies Program in the subject header) may be directed to the co-coordinators, Sue Crowley or David Archer.

Last Updated: 11/18/16