Master's Degrees

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Education Policy, M.A.

Interested in learning about the history and process of education policymaking? The Education Policy, M.A., program offers graduate students the skills needed to analyze the development, impact, and implementation of education policies. The program prepares students to critically evaluate 1) utility and limitations of education research findings in informing policy; 2) the basic legal, political, and practical linkages between federal, state, and local enactment of education policy; and 3) current scholarship, policy debates, and implementation efforts around market-based approaches to educational reform.

Study research methods and critical topics in education policy
Learn about language policy, privatization and education reform, law, and public policy
Gain hands-on experience working on a research project or engaging in a legislative internship


Courses in the program are delivered in a variety of formats, including completely online, hybrid (meaning a combination of in-person and online classes), and in-person. Core coursework of the program includes courses like EDL 522 (Critically Evaluating Education Policy Research), EDL 587 (State and Local Education Policy), EDL 558 (Market-Based Educational Reforms), and TLS 575A (The Education of Latinas/Latinos).


Opportunities for professionals with a background in education policy range from research and evaluation analysts in school districts to directors of research in settings like policy centers in the state, K-12 schools, and universities.

Work with our nationally recognized faculty whose extensive research on education policy greatly improves education in the state of Arizona.

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