Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 32 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Multiple Start Dates
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Policy Studies at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development prepares students to conduct rigorous education-focused research and data analysis, and to make informed decisions when creating PreK–20 education and child policies. You’ll explore educational and child-related research policy, and learn quantitative and qualitative research methods and how to use them to understand and evaluate policy. You’ll also be able to tailor your degree by choosing electives that explore specific policy areas of interest to you.

As a student in the MA in Educational Policy Studies, you’ll take rigorous courses in research methods, policy analysis, and policy systems and processes, with an emphasis on equitable and just policies for students, children, and families. Through the program’s capstone project, you will have the opportunity to engage in real-world research at a Boston University center or at an external partner organization, including research firms, advocacy groups, nonprofits, or government organizations. You will also have the opportunity to work with Boston University faculty as a research assistant. The Educational Policy Studies master’s can be completed in one year if enrolled full-time (or two years for part-time enrollment). Full-time students must start in the fall, with options for a fall or spring semester start for part-time students.

Hear from MA in Educational Policy Studies Faculty

The MA in Educational Policy Studies is for students who have a passion for transforming education systems and who want to strengthen their research skills. The master’s program also provides strong preparation for students intending to apply to PhD programs in education or the social sciences.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

The BU Wheelock faculty who teach in the master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies are nationally recognized scholars who are deeply engaged in policy-relevant research on a range of education policy topics. They also regularly partner with state and local education agencies to evaluate existing policy and inform future policies.

Career Outcomes

Boston University’s MA in Educational Policy Studies prepares graduates for success in research-focused careers in settings such as research firms, think tanks, foundations, government offices, or education-focused nonprofit organizations.

  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Administrator

More Information about the MA in Educational Policy Studies


Students in the MA in Educational Policy Studies program complete a capstone project in the form of an independent research project. Placements are based on your interests and goals, and include research centers at Boston University or external partner organizations such as research firms, advocacy groups, nonprofits, or government organizations.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the master’s program in Educational Policy Studies. Get information about application deadlines, costs & tuition, financing your graduate education, and more. You can also sign up for an information session.

EdM in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Students interested in preparation as a PreK–12 school or district leader can explore the master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: PreK–12. Options for administrative licensure available.

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