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MA, Education and Social Policy

Rooted in economics and sociology, this master’s teaches you how to use statistics, data sets, and research results to formulate, implement, and evaluate educational policies for grades K-12 and higher education. Gain in-demand skills and experience to craft reforms and improve the quality of education, working for educational agencies, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Education and Social Policy

Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
38
Start Date
Spring
Application Deadline
Part-time only
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadline
Full-time or part-time

As a student in this program, you will work closely with faculty from NYU Steinhardt and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service to learn: 

  • How to use principles of economics and sociology to analyze K–12 and higher education policies
  • How to conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses using large longitudinal education databases
  • How to interpret and identify causal effects of programs and policies and apply conclusions to make policy recommendations
  • An understanding of the policies already implemented as well as the need for additional policies in your chosen area of focus; you will be able to participate in quantitative studies to further evaluate existing policies and to provide evidence on the possible effects of new policies
  • Principles of management, planning, and policy-making in the public and nonprofit sectors

Curriculum

You'll begin your studies with a course in statistics and progress through more rigorous analytical courses, including regression and econometrics. You will also complete course work in economics, policy, and sociology of education. No prior knowledge of statistics or education policy is required.

You'll have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following policy areas: higher education, race and class, international education, or K–12 education.

Your program of study will culminate with a group research project that provides you with professional-level research experience. 

Research Opportunities

Opportunities provided by the department's placement within a large research university in New York City, one of the best urban laboratories in the nation, include our Education and Social Policy Fellows program, which offers five incoming students a $5,000 stipend to participate in faculty-led research teams.

Where can you work with a master's in Education and Social Policy? 

  • School systems, reform organizations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations such as New Visions for Public Schools or Teach for America
  • Government education policy agencies like state or city departments of education
  • Research organizations such as MDRC, Urban Institute, or Mathematica
  • Advocacy or single-interest organizations such as the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, the New Teacher Project, or the Center for Education Reform

Questions 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact us at steinhardt.edandsocialpolicy@nyu.edu.

Education and Social Policy student Sophie Nguyen

I was looking for a program in education policy evaluation with a strong focus on data analysis. I was also interested in learning more about different education policies in the US…from both economics and sociology lenses. The Education and Social Policy program provided all of that.

Sophie Nguyen '16, Research Associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University

Faculty

Leanna Stiefel

Professor, Joint Faculty Global Public Health and Steinhardt Economics and Education Policy

leanna.stiefel@nyu.edu

Joseph Cimpian

Associate Professor of Economics and Education Policy

joseph.cimpian@nyu.edu

Meryle Weinstein

Research Associate Professor of Education Policy

meryle.weinstein@nyu.edu

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