Education Policy, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Education Policy equips students with the knowledge and methodological tools to understand, evaluate, and implement programs and policies that impact students and communities across the country and around the world. Our graduates go on to take leading roles in such organizations as school districts, federal and state departments of education, education policy research institutes, and education-related non-profit organizations.

Curriculum

M.S.Ed. students in Education Policy must complete 10 course units, in accordance with the curriculum outlined below, including the Education Policy Research Practicum (which fulfills the Comprehensive Examination requirement) and the Distribution Requirement. All degree candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by completing the Education Policy Research Practicum. The Practicum serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review, integrate, and apply what they have learned over the course of their degree.

Disciplinary Foundations Course
Select one of the following:1
Philosophical Aspects of Education Policy
School and Society in America
American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice
Sociology of Education
Politics and Education
Economic Aspects of Educational Policy
Required Methods Course
EDUC 591Applied Research Methods to Inform Policy and Practice1
Additional Methods Course
Select one of the following:1
Introductory Statistics for Educational Research
Introduction to Applied Quantitative Methods for Education Research: Pre-K to 20 (Recommended)
A higher-level methods course as approved by your faculty advisor
Education Policy Courses
Select three of the following:3
Economics of Education in Developing Countries
Sociology of Education
Economic Aspects of Educational Policy
Child Development and Social Policy
Education Finance Policy
Education Policy Issues
Politics of School Reform
Schools as Organizations
Teachers and Teaching Policy
Risk, Resilience, and Prevention Science
Education Policy Research Practicum
EDUC 711Education Policy Research Practicum 11
Distribution Requirement 2
Elective Courses
Select 3 electives 33
Total Course Units10

Required Milestones:

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis)  

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary. 


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.