Masters Program

The Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) master’s program prepares leaders for careers in policy analysis. Students who complete the master’s with an emphasis in educational policy will be prepared for work in research agencies, non-profits, school districts, state capitols, or consulting agencies.

The multidisciplinary master’s program provides students with both an academic and applied understanding of the public policy process. Course work includes core classes in foundations of policy analysis and implementation, policy implementation, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and policy seminars.

In many cases, students elect to pursue a doctorate in Educational Policy after the completion of their master’s program. These students will have the opportunity to work alongside a professor to pursue research interests.

Total minimum of 36 hours

Departmental  Core: (15  hours)

  • EDA 395F Foundations of Educational Policy
  • EDA 395G Policy Implementation Seminar
  • EDA 388L School Law
  • EDA 395M Critical Policy Analysis
  • EDA 395J Poverty and Educational Policy

Research Core: (9 hours)

  • EDA 381L Ed Research I
  • EDA 381M Ed Research II
  • EDA 397P Graduate Internship   

Advanced EPP Policy Seminars (6  hours)

EPP Policy seminars focus on current education issues such as accountability, race/ethnicity in schools, school choice, and educational equity and opportunity.

Program Plan Worksheets