The MA in Education Policy gives students an opportunity to examine all aspect of education policy, including its development, its implementation, and its consequences for citizens, children,and educators. Although all students in the Department take coursework in policy studies, this specialization provides students with an opportunity to develop a more in-depth program of study in the political, philosophical, economic, sociological, and legal analysis of education policies and practices. Coursework examines the historic and current roles of federal, state, and local governments in shaping educational systems and processes; the distribution of educationally relevant resources and the consequences of those policies for educational equity; and the possibilities and challenges associated with school reform and institutional change. Specific attention in courses is given to current reforms and policies, including school finance litigation, school choice, competing models for school reform, and high-stakes accountability policies. Students who specialize in Education Policy pursue positions as scholars, researchers, policymakers, policy analysts, advocates for youth and educational leaders in private and public organizations.

For information on graduate admission please visit the Graduate School's Education Policy webpage:

Applicants who wish to apply to the Master of Arts (MA) with specialization in Education Policy, Thesis and Non-thesis options should select Education Policy Studies (EDPS) as their “Intended Program of Study.”

Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact: 

Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies email: or phone: (301) 405-3118.

For academic advising on the MA program in Education Policy Studies, please contact Dr. Claudio Galindo at

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of admissions to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students. 
For TLPL advising information, please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email: or phone: (301) 405-3118.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage


Minimum of 30 Credit Hours

Credit Hours

Integrative Core

TLPL 788 W: Special Topics in Education: M.A. Core: Research Methodologies and Educational Practice


Theories & Disciplines

Students select two to three courses in consultation with their advisor that provide a broad understanding of theoretical and discipline-based perspectives on education policies and practices (e.g., coursework in philosophy, sociology, economics, women’s studies, etc.) 


Specialization Core

Students select two to four courses in consultation with their advisor in one of the department’s three areas of specialization: Education Policy, Socio-cultural Foundations of Education and Curriculum Theory & Development.


Introductory  & Intermediate Methods

Students select two to three courses in consultation with their advisor.  All students are required to take one introductory course in quantitative methods and one introductory course in qualitative methods.  Students who select the thesis option also take an intermediate methods course in either quantitative or qualitative methods.   


Master’s Research

Students who select the thesis option take six credits of TLPL: Master’s Thesis Research, while students who select the non-thesis option take three credits of TLPL 699: Master’s Seminar. 



Minimum Total Credits


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues. For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Admissions Coordinator, Ms. Joy Jones, at (301) 405-3118 or

Program specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Claudia Galindo by email:

Deadlines vary by degree and program. Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines page for more information.


Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides informationon adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.  


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and aspart of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.