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 will give you the opportunity to develop solutions to educational issues facing the nation and around the globe. This program attracts those interested in the political and social environments affecting education policy with an emphasis on the competencies needed to develop policy options, analyze their potential, implement effectively, and evaluate impacts. 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. Because of our distinct location in the nation's capital, Washington DC, internships are offered in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies. This program includes elective credits that can be used for courses, independent research, and internships in federal, state, or professional organizations.

Graduates of the Education Policy Masters program take on 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 Doctorate 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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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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