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: https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/edps

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: tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or phone: (301) 405-3118.

For academic advising on the MA program in Education Policy Studies, please contact Dr. Betty Malen at malen@umd.edu or call 301-405-3324. 

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, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

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 tlpl-admissions@umd.edu.

Program specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Claudia Galindo by email: galindo@umd.edu.