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Educational Policy, MA

Prepare yourself to bring people and ideas together to improve the performance of education systems. This program is for ambitious changemakers who want to be leaders in thought and action.


Program description

The MA program in educational policy is suited for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of how to translate research to policy and practice, communicate and engage with stakeholders and propose effective research-based policies. Students also develop fundamental skills in analyzing and interpreting educational data.

This program is formatted as a cohort model. It provides a supportive environment for students to take a sequence of core courses with their peers, and to learn from professors who are experts in their fields. The program also provides students with the flexibility to select elective courses and individualize their experience to suit their unique interests and aspirations.

In the culminating experience in the final semester, students design and execute an individual or group project that utilizes their new knowledge and applied research skills.

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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to expand or pursue careers that involve the use and interpretation of data. This program is also suited for students who want to pursue doctoral credentials in education after graduation.

Career examples include:

  • grants administrator
  • policy analyst
  • program and project manager
  • research and data analyst

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form above and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Cost and aid

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 your first bachelor's program). If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may be eligible for provisional admittance or a non-degree pathway.