What will I learn?

The Foreign and Second Language Education PhD program provides a comprehensive background in theory, practice and research, for those who aspire to academic appointments in colleges/universities, or leadership roles in school systems. Graduates of this program are prepared for research, teaching and administrative posts in colleges and universities, and for positions of educational leadership in the schools, or in state education departments. This programs consists of a minimum of 72 credit hours of study beyond the baccalaureate degree and culminates in a dissertation.

Our doctoral program in foreign and second language education focuses on preparing you for research, teaching and administrative posts in colleges and universities, and for positions of educational leadership in the schools or in state education departments. The mission of our program is to foster the development of foreign/second/bilingual language education practitioners and researchers who can understand and analyze language teaching and learning, and language policy to improve language and content teaching and learning in diverse educational contexts.

Why Foreign and Second Language Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • becoming familiar with groundbreaking inquiry processes and research methodologies
  • carrying out principled, meaningful and rigorous research and applying it to real-world educational challenges
  • collaborating with internationally recognized scholars who mentor students to engage in research studies
  • developing an understanding of language theory and an ability to thoughtfully apply this theory
  • engaging in scholarship that involves participation in the exchange of ideas and advancement of the field as a whole
  • preparing scholars and educational leaders to pursue careers in academia, and occupy positions of leadership in American and global universities and colleges


You'll find our alumni leading their field as:

  • deans of schools of education
  • faculty and researchers in national and international universities and colleges
  • federal, state and districtwide administrators of English as a second language, foreign and multilingual education
  • international school administrators
  • provosts and deans of international education
  • scholars in foreign and second language education

Which department am I in?

Graduate School of Education

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: Master's degree in related field (including, but not limited to, engineering, mathematics, business, marketing, pharmacy); a GPA of 3.0 or better from your Bachelor's degree courses.

For international students

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.

A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.).

TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test
IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5
PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50

Application deadline Jan. 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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