Master's in Education Policy Studies

The program is designed for students who wish to develop skills in policy research, program evaluation, and the technical, political, and managerial aspects of education policy. Emphasis is placed on developing both an understanding of the political and social environments affecting education policy and the competencies needed to develop policy options, analyze their potential, select the most promising, implement policies effectively, and evaluate impacts. Internships are offered in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies. The 36-credit-hour program includes 12 elective credits that can be used for courses, independent research, and internships in federal, state, or professional organizations.


Why a GW Master's in Education Policy?

  • Advance Education Reform: The program prepares analysts to contribute to the advancement of education policy in local, state, federal and international settings. Students develop a working knowledge of lessons of the past, they are guided through the complexities of the present and encouraged to identify solutions for the future.
  • Policy Changes Here: Our location provides a rich environment for students to work, attend scholarly events and engage their analytical skills.
  • Diversity Enriches Discourse: Our diverse student body is drawn from across the nation and around the globe contributing to dynamic debate, analysis and problem solving. Classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

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


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

One of the following:

EDUC 6601: International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602: Regional Studies in International Education
or EDUC 6615: Internationalizing U.S. Schools
EDUC 6610: Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6650: Education and National Development
ELECTIVES: 12 credits in approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.

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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Research Professor
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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 (must be academic)
  • 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 page.

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