Educational Policy, MA

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The Master of Arts degree in Educational Policy provides you with the skills in education policy and applied data analysis needed for positions that involve the use and interpretation of data, such as overseeing assessments or conducting program evaluations. Most classes are offered in the evening or in a hybrid format to accommodate working educators. The coursework deepens your understanding of research and policymaking, equips you to assess education programs and policies and to engage in data-driven decision-making. Key issues addressed include evaluation and synthesis of research literature, analysis and interpretation of data, and the design and execution of applied research projects. A faculty or academic advisor helps you customize elective courses in educational policy, research methods and other areas of interest to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Time to completion

Total hours: 30

Time to completion: 4 semesters (fall and spring)

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Locations & start dates

Tempe campus (Fall)

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This program does not lead to teacher certification. However, it can prepare graduate students for doctoral credentials in education after graduation.


This degree program is designed to advance your career as a:

  • Research and data analyst
  • Program and project manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Grants administrator
  • Teacher

Professional experiences

A final semester culminating experience allows you to design and execute an individual or group project utilizing your new knowledge and research skills.

The culminating experience is an independent applied research project related to educational policy. In your final semester of the program you will be mentored by a faculty member to design and execute an individual or group project.

 Upcoming event

Attend a virtual information session to learn more about this program.

February 9, 2022

This 30-minute session will introduce you to our master’s degrees for professional advancement in education:
- Educational Policy, MA

Ana Contreras (MA '18) explains why she chose the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College master's degree in Educational Policy.

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Cost & aid

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay, view ASU’s standard cost of attendance.

There are many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students.  Explore your options

Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

You must also have earned a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework). If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for provisional admittance or a non-degree pathway.

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