Graduate students

Educational Policy, Master of Arts in Educational Studies

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Interdisciplinary in nature, Educational Policy helps students develop the skills to understand, analyze, evaluate and write about policy processes and issues in education that are designed to drive practical improvements in education settings at all levels. 

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Career Paths 

Students at Research Forum
Research Analyst
student with research poster
Policy Analyst
institutional researchers
System Data Analyst
Educational Administration
Education Administrator
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Degree Requirements 

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Bachelor’s degree

Test scores: No GRE required

Minimum Program hours


Deadline to apply

Spring - October 1
Summer - April 1
Autumn - December 1

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Program start

Spring, Summer, and Autumn Semester 

Additional Application Requirements

Academic Writing Sample

Special Statement of Intent

  1. What motivates you to pursue a degree in Educational Policy from OSU?
  2. How will a degree in Educational Policy support your professional goals or career aspirations?
  3. What areas of research in Educational Policy are you most interested in exploring? How might your research inform important local, national, and/or international policy conversations related to racial and gender equity, democratic education, education and power, global policy networks, decolonial approaches to education, or other areas of critical inquiry in educational policy?
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