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Master's in Education Policy

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

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Program overview

At the Warner School of Education, our master’s degree in education policy will help you serve as a catalyst for change, preparing you to be successful in influencing and leading policy creation and implementation across diverse educational settings.

Warner’s innovative education policy program provides students the opportunity to examine and understand contemporary policy issues impacting the educational spectrum. It delivers students the in-depth knowledge and strategic skills and tools to design, implement, and evaluate educational policies at the local, state, federal, and even international levels. Students learn to apply a variety of conceptual, theoretical, and analytic frameworks - including ones from sociology, politics, economics, finance, and law – and how they can impact education policy.

This ensures our graduates are well prepared to apply their deep and diverse understanding, knowledge, and skills in educational policy to support any number of research, governmental, non-profit, community, school district, and higher education organizations.

Warner’s 30-credit master’s in education policy provides an interdisciplinary program that equips students with the knowledge and tools to influence, design, implement, and/or evaluate local, state, national, and/or international policies. Coursework for the master’s degree in education policy.

Key program features

  • Minimum Credits: 30 graduate credits.
  • Customizable: Includes a mix of rigorous core/specialization courses and elective courses to enable you to tailor the program to your career interests and needs. You also can add an Advanced Certificate in related specializations for only three credits.
  • Culminating Experience: You can take the form of a master’s thesis or a field-based internship or research experience, enabling you to prepare for the next step in your career and/or advanced education.
  • Flexible: Program can be completed full-time or part-time, allowing you to start any semester and go at your own pace. Full-time students complete the program in only three semesters.
  • Online Courses: Enjoy the convenience of taking some courses online.
  • Supportive Environment: Engage with full-time faculty and peers at the master’s and doctoral levels, both inside and outside the classroom. Work with a dedicated faculty advisor to tailor the program to suit your academic and career goals.


  • A bachelor’s degree in any field.

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Additional specialization options

Requiring as little as 3 additional credits, depending on choices made for electives.

Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation

To strengthen your research and skills in planning and conducting evaluations of existing programs.

Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership

To to better understand racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse urban settings.

Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching

To be more competitive for positions that may involve teaching online.

Customize your degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

Career opportunities

Warner’s master’s degree in education policy prepares students for entry- and mid-level positions as policy analysts, research analysts, policy researchers, program analysts, policy/program evaluators, policy advocates, and institutional researchers in a variety of institutions – including policy, advocacy, research, governmental, non-profit, consulting, and educational organizations in the United States and abroad.

The program also prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in education policy, public policy, law, or a related field.

Recent graduates have been hired in a variety of organizations, including:

  • The American Institutes for Research
  • WestEd
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Human Resource Association
  • Child Trends, Inc.
  • Cesar Chavez Charter School for Public Policy
  • EnCompass: Resources for Learning
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