Masters Program

The Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) program prepares the next generation of leaders and analysts who will significantly and positively change public education. The EPP master’s program prepares leaders for careers in policy analysis, with a critical focus on anti-racist education policy, equity, and social justice. Students gain a theoretical foundation in policy development, implementation and evaluation, school law, poverty and educational policy, and critical policy analysis. Upon completion, students will be prepared to work in the legislature, public and private research entities, community-based organizations, civil and human rights groups, nonprofits, school districts, state and local government, or consulting agencies. 

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

In some cases, students elect to pursue a doctorate in educational policy after completion of their master’s program. Admitted students will have the opportunity to work alongside a professor to pursue research interests. 

Classes are typically held on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Program Features

  • Cohort model 
  • Full-time study 
  • Multidisciplinary 
  • Policy/research internship 

Key Competencies You Will Gain

  • Current and historical understanding of the foundations of education law, policy, and research across marginalized groups
  • Knowledge of various social science theoretical frameworks 
  • Acquiring cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and intersectional knowledge in the fields of educational policy and research
  • Critically consume, synthesize, and produce education policy research via the application of research methodologies
  • Practical experience through legislative and other internships in education leadership, policy, and research


Total minimum of 36 hours

Departmental Core (15 hours)

  • ELP 384F / EDA 395F Foundations of Educational Policy
  • ELP 384M / EDA 395G Policy Implementation Seminar
  • ELP 394L / EDA 388L School Law
  • ELP 384C / EDA 395M Critical Policy Analysis
  • ELP 384V / EDA 395J  Poverty and Educational Policy

Research Core (6 hours)

  • ELP 381C / EDA 381L Ed Research I
  • ELP 381D / EDA 381M Ed Research II   

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.

  • ELP 394K.1 Seminar in Latinx Education  
  • ELP 394K.2  Market-Based Reforms in Education
  • ELP 394K.3 Place, Opportunity, and Education 
  • ELP 394K.4 Schools and Gentrification  
  • ELP 394K.6  Language Policy in Education
  • ELP 394K.7 Immigration Theory in Education 
  • ELP 394K.5  Law, Leadership and Discipline Policy 
  • ELP 394K  Accountability & School Reform
  • ELP 394K  Race and Ethnic Relations in Schools
  • ELP 394K  Contemporary Education Policy Issues

Internship (3 hours)

In addition, students participate in an internship program as part of their coursework, which is a unique opportunity to gain real-life policy experience under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

  • ELP 383N / EDA 397PGraduate Internship

Out-of-Department electives (6 hours)

Electives can be taken from different departments within the College of Education or other colleges within the University

Program Plan Worksheet ​