MA in Educational Policy Studies

The Master of Arts in Educational Policy Studies program prepares students for a variety of careers including positions in research firms and think tanks, foundations, and government research offices. This program balances training in research methods with deliberations on the foundations, design, and implementation of educational policies. Students will gain understanding of modern research and research methods through both coursework and direct experiences. Full-time students are expected to complete the degree in one year. A part-time option allows students to complete the program over two years.

Core Coursework (22 credits)

  • SED AP 600 Diversity and Justice in Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 753 Educational Policy (4 cr)
  • SED RS 652 Qualitative Research Methods (4 cr)
  • SED RS 653 Quantitative Research Methods (4 cr)
  • One of two available courses in advanced research methods:
    • SED RS 752 Seminar in Qualitative Research (4 cr)
    • SED RS 753 Causal Design in Education Research (4 cr)
  • SED RS 710 Educational Research Seminar (2 cr total)

Elective Coursework (7–8 credits)

Students complete 7 to 8 credits of graduate-level courses (approximately two courses) with topics related to education and policymaking. One elective course must be taken outside of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Courses are selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Apprenticeship/Internship (4 credits)

Students are required to successfully complete an apprenticeship (SED RS 699) with an SED faculty member or an internship (SED PS 699) within the field of educational policy in the summer following the completion of other coursework. The apprenticeship/internship culminates in the development of a student-led research project that is presented before the program faculty and serves as the capstone for the program. Faculty advisors will assist students with the search and placement process.