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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 21, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education Policy, MA

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The education policy master’s program will provide students with foundational grounding in equity-driven education policy analysis. Students will learn frameworks and methods for evaluating how policies and systems produce educational opportunities and systemic inequities. Students will learn about educational policy trends and effects. And students will explore how the (re)design of policies and systems create substantive improvements in learning opportunities for students of all ages. The program includes core content in: education policy systems and implementation, disciplinary grounding, the social contexts of education, policy analysis methods, and electives exploring specific policy topics and issues. The flexible curricular design enables students to choose courses that match their interests. Through community-engaged capstone projects students will gain practical experience in policy analysis that is relevant to careers in program evaluation, policy organizations, and research. The program is designed to accommodate part-time and full-time students. Full time students can complete the program in as little as 3 semesters.


Students select 3 courses (9 credits) or an ARCO to satisfy their elective requirement.


Students enroll in 6 credits of the Research Seminar if completing an applied policy project or 6 credits of Guidance in the Master’s Degree if pursuing the thesis option. 

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