Master's in Education Policy Studies

A positive impact in the classroom, leading children on a path to a brighter and more successful future, starts with education policy analysis and reform.

George Washington University’s master’s degree in Education Policy develops your skills in finding solutions to education problems. This program helps you analyze the political, social and organizational environments affecting education policy with emphasis on the competencies needed to develop policy options, analyze their potential, implement them effectively, and then evaluate their impact. Students develop a working knowledge of lessons of the past, are guided through the complexities of the present, and are skilled in identifying solutions for the future. Because of our distinct location in the nation’s capital, Washington DC, internships are offered in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies that affords students unrivaled opportunity to hone their applied analytical skills while pursuing their degree credentials. The flexible program’s curriculum affords students an enriching learning environment in which there are abundant course choices, independent research, and internships/positions in federal, state, or professional organizations.

Graduates of the Education Policy master’s program assume positions at think tanks, non-profit national organizations, government agencies, and international organizations providing support and analysis for education-related decision-making.

Additionally, GW offers a PhD in Education Policy.


Why a GW Master's in Education Policy?

Location: There is no better place to examine and influence local, state, federal education policy than in the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, DC. With close proximity to the White House, World Bank, Federal Agencies, and Professional Associations students are provided with rich environments to work, attend scholarly events and hone their analytical skills. Our location gives students the opportunity for applied hands-on analysis of contemporary education policies, their advocacy, design, implementation, and impact.
Faculty: Nationally recognized researchers and practitioners with extensive experience leading research and professional organizations in education policy.
Diverse Student Body: From across the country and around the globe, bringing a wide range of professional experience, skills, and enriching knowledge.
Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.
GSEHD's Center on Education Policy (CEP): The Graduate School of Education and Human Development houses the Center on Education Policy, a national, independent source for research and information about public education. CEP's mission is to ensure Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools. The program and its collaboration with CEP is leading the way in educational research and policy analysis.


The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.


EDUC 6314: History of American Education Reform
EDUC 6368: Power, Leadership & Education
EDUC 6371: Education Policy
EDUC 6388: Analysis of Education Policy Issues
EDUC 6114: Introduction to Quantitative Research, or EDUC 6116: Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6381: Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 8122: Qualitative Research Methods

One of the following:

EDUC 6601: International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602: Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610: Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620: Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6650: Education and National Development

ELECTIVES: 12 credits in approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor. Those are typically selected from Education Policy, Public Policy, Political Science, Sociology, or other programs on campus to develop expertise, and hone analytical and research methods skills.

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Career Outlook


Graduates assume positions at think tanks, non-profit national organizations, government agencies, and international organizations providing support analysis for education-related decision-making, including:

  • American Institutes for Research
  • Congressional Research Services
  • National Governors Association
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • The American Council on Education
  • The Aspen Institute
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Center on Education Policy
  • Brazilian Ministry of Education
  • Council of Great City Schools
  • Council of Chief State School Officers National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • The Urban Alliance
  • SRI International
  • The Alliance for Excellent Education
  • The World Bank
  • The Urban Institute


Program Entry: Fall
Prerequisites:Bachelor's Degree
Campus:Foggy Bottom

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from an academic advisor or instructor
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Standardized Test Scores (GRE)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We are accepting Fall 2021 applications on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.

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GSEHD alumnus Dr. Shawn Joseph (Ed.D., Educational Administration and Policy Studies), former Metro Nashville Public Schools Director, has accepted a tenure track position at Howard University’s School of Education. In addition, he will co-direct the Howard/AASA Urban Superintendent Academy, which was created in direct response to less than five percent of superintendents in America being persons of color, according to a 2018 news release. Dr.

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Dr. Joshua Glazer was interviewed for the GW Today article, "GSEHD Researcher Studies District-Led School Turnaround Initiative."

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