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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Educational Policy

The master's program in Educational Policy provides the ability to understand, analyze and evaluate policy processes and issues in education that are designed to drive practical improvements in education settings at all levels.


The master's program in Educational Policy is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to focus on questions of policy and policy making in various contexts. For example, you may be interested in:

  • Investigating the act of policy making in education by considering who the policy actors are, who sets the agendas and how policy problems and solutions are determined
  • Assessing the effects of a given policy once it is implemented by considering political, social or economic ramifications of policy decisions.
  • Taking a more philosophical approach to policy analysis by considering ethical issues that surround a given policy or a set of policies.

Wherever your interests lie, the master's program in educational policy prepares you for a career helping shape the principles and rules that govern education systems.

Career Paths

Graduates with a masters in educational policy pursue several types of careers including policy and research analysts, project managers or other related careers at national, state and local education agencies, think tanks and non-profit organizations.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's degree; academic writing sample is required
Minimum Program Hours: 

Program requirements: Core courses (9 hours), specialization courses (21 hours)

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Ann Allen, PhD, Associate Professor
Antoinette Errante, PhD, Associate Professor
Yvonne Goddard, PhD, Associate Professor
Jan Nespor, PhD, Professor

Affiliated Faculty
Karen Beard, PhD, Assistant Professor
Belinda Gimbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Roger Goddard, PhD, Professor and Novice G. Fawcett Chair
Joshua Hawley, PhD, Associate Professor - John Glenn College of Public Affairs
James Moore, PhD, EHE Distinguished Professor
Tatiana Suspitsyna, PhD, Associate Professor
Richard Voithofer, PhD, Associate Professor
Bryan Warnick, PhD, Professor