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Education Policy

Master of Arts

Prepare for careers in Education Policy ranging from research and evaluation to K-12 and university settings.


Whether you are a classroom teacher, school leader or university personnel, this program will prepare you for a career in Education Policy. Careers may range from Research and Evaluation Analysts in school districts, to Directors of Research for policy centers in the state, to K-12 and university settings.

This degree offers a flexible range of courses, including research methods, critical topics in education policy, language policy, privatization, education reform and law. Through these courses, you will prepare to critically evaluate research findings in relation to policy and examine the relationship between federal, state and local enactment. You will also have the opportunity to explore current research, policy debates and implementation efforts around market-based approaches to educational reform.

In your final semester, you will carry out a research project in consultation with your advisor or engage in a legislative internship to deepen the knowledge you have accumulated during your studies.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Adriana Miramontes at agaribay@email.arizona.edu.

Eligibility: This program is designed for students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in a related subject area.

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Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Arts
College: College of Education

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $650
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • EDL 522: Critically Evaluating Education Policy Research - Prepare to critically evaluate education research findings that have policy implications. Learn about the characteristics of data sources and analytical techniques, and evaluate the findings.
  • EDL 587: State and Local Education Policy
  • EDL 558: Market-Based Educational Reforms - Prepare to critically evaluate current scholarship, policy debates, and implementation efforts around market-based approaches to educational reform.
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