Educational Policy

NYU Steinhardt offers three options to earn master's degrees that prepare students to work in the field of education policy:

Each differs in the skills it teaches and each prepares students for different careers in education policy.

The three options are briefly described below, followed by links that help distinguish the degree programs.

The three programs share many common elements:

  • a focus on urban education
  • a concern for social justice and equity in education
  • coursework and applied learning that connects theory and practice
  • a strong sense of community among faculty and students
  • strong links to community and research organizations that support schools
  • opportunities for students to engage with faculty and researchers in projects related to policy analysis and evaluation through Steinhardt's numerous centers and institutes


Education and Social Policy
Educational Leadership,
Politics, and Advocacy

Sociology of Education
Total Credits 38 36 36
Length of Full-Time Study 3 semesters 3 semesters 3 semesters + summer
or 4 semesters
Part-Time Study Option Yes Yes Yes
% of Total Credits that are Required 65% 50% 58%
Internship Optional Required No
Thesis No No Required
Final Capstone Project Required No No
Final Portfolio No Required No
Focus on Sociology and Economics Yes No Primarily Sociology
Focus on Leadership and Advocacy No Yes No
Coursework in Qualitative Methods 1 course required 1 course required; may take more as electives Any 2 research methods courses by choice
Coursework in Quantitative Methods 3 courses required Optional, as electives Any 2 research methods courses by choice
Work with Large Datasets and Statistics Software Required No Optional
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