Mason’s Education Policy Program trains students to produce thoughtful and relevant research that examines the policies and practices of school practitioners and educational leaders at various levels of government.
The interdisciplinary program in education policy draws from multiple disciplinary traditions to provide rigorous training so that students can meet self-defined professional goals and gain the skills and experience necessary to inform evidence-based decision-making. Courses in education policy can be applied to a graduate certificate, a 24-credit PhD specialization, or a 12-credit PhD emphasis area. As part of doctoral student training, education policy students will have the opportunity to contribute to the policy research of EdPolicyForward: The Center for Education Policy at George Mason University (EPF). The center is guided by the core belief that every student should be given the opportunity to thrive through a world-class education.
Education Policy's leading scholars and practitioners have teamed up with the Schar School of Policy and Government to help students understand how education policy is debated, created, and implemented. The graduate-level emphasis area in education policy is offered in the master's in public policy (MPP) degree program. Its course work provides the knowledge and skills needed to achieve professional goals or pursue doctoral studies. The emphasis area is designed for both students who want to enter the field as well as for those who already have experience in education policy and policy analysis and wish to dive deeper, expand their skill sets, and advance professionally.