Feb 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Policy Studies, MSEDU

The M.S. in Educational Policy Studies is designed for students who are interested in examining education policy through contextual and analytical lenses. These perspectives include: historical and philosophical, cultural and comparative, or social and political. This degree also provides students with a core suite of policy analysis tools, including courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students in this program will be prepared for a variety of professional and academic placements, including policy analysis, K-16 professional advancement, or further doctoral study. 


Admission Requirements 

  • UK Graduate School Application 

  • Official transcripts for all previous coursework completed at any institution of higher education,  

  • A 250 word statement of purpose describing the student’s intellectual and professional goals for completing the program 

  • Two letters of reference with at least one from a referee familiar with the students’ academic work 

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; apply anytime. 


Degree Requirements

  • The program requires 31 hours of coursework culminating in an individualized master’s exam during the final semester. 
  • All EPE students are required to take EPE601 Proseminar (1 credit hour) during their first semester of study in the department. 
  • Core Classes include EPE 602 Social Policy Issues or 661 Sociology of Education, EPE640 Philosophy of Education, and EPE555 Comparative Education or EPE665 Education and Culture  
  • Choice of Concentration (9 credit hours chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor) 
  • Research Methods & Statistics: (minimum 9 credit hours) 
  • Elective Course (3 credit hours of any elective chosen in consultation with advisor) 
  • A student’s program of study may vary from this structure if they receive approval from their major advisor. 
  • Students may include an EPE graduate certificate in Research Methods or Comparative & International Education as part of their MS EPS program.