Interested in learning about the history and process of education policymaking? The Master of Arts in Education Policy program offers graduate students the skills needed to analyze the development, impact, and implementation of education policies.  

The 30-credit hour program prepares students to critically evaluate:

  • The utility and limitations of education research findings in informing policy
  • The basic legal, political, and practical linkages between federal, state, and local enactment of education policy
  • Current scholarship, policy debates, and implementation efforts around market-based approaches to educational reform


Opportunities for professionals with a background in education policy range from research and evaluation analysts in school districts to directors of research in settings like policy centers in the state, K-12 schools, and universities.

Work with our nationally recognized faculty whose extensive research on education policy greatly improves education in the state of Arizona.


  • Program courses are flexibly available in the evenings, online, or as a hybrid of both in-person and online.
  • Courses focus on research methods and critical topics in education policy and offer students the opportunity to take elective courses focusing on language policy, privatization and education reform, law, and public policy, among other areas of interest.
  • During the final semester of the program, graduate students will complete a research project or engage in a legislative internship to deepen the knowledge gained through program coursework.


  • Bachelor’s degree or 12 completed credits of graduate coursework from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completed Personal Data Form.
  • TOEFL: Total and TWE scores must be submitted for students for whom English is a second language.
  • A 200-500 word statement about the applicant’s long-range professional goals.
  • Three reference forms from three different people (including one from a supervisor).
  • Letters of recommendation (optional).



All applicants to the University of Arizona's Master of Arts in Education Policy program must submit applications and be accepted by the Graduate College and the Education Policy Studies and Practice Department in the College of Education.  Deadline for applications: Rolling admission, so apply anytime! Learn more at


Angela Botello
Recruitment Coordinator