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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Hultgren, Francine H., Full Member


Hultgren, Francine H., Full Member

Malen, Betty L., Full Member

Rice, Jennifer K., Full Member

Associate Professor

Croninger, Robert G., Full Member

Assistant Professor

White, Tirza Wilbon, Full Member

Professor Emerita

Finkelstein, Barbara J., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Selden, Steven, Full Member

Splaine, John E., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Herschbach, Dennis R., Full Member

More EDPS Faculty Information

Policy Studies (EDPS)   

Program Title and Classification

Policy Studies

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education


The Department of Education Policy Studies (EDPS) merged with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) to form the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL). For more detailed and up-to-date information about programs and resources see the TLPL website at

The programs in Education Policy Studies (EDPS) in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership promotes critical and discipline-based studies of education policies and practices; encourages thoughtful and responsive explorations of education and related social issues; and fosters innovative and collaborative efforts to inform education policy and leadership at all levels of government.

Graduates pursue professional roles in university teaching and research, fill policy and leadership positions in public and private educational institutions, and work as specialists and advocates in governmental and non-governmental agencies. The Department offers graduate programs of study leading to the M.A.

Faculty bring the disciplines of ecomomics, political science, history, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, curriculum theory, and organizational leadership to the study of education. They are committed to the preparation of professionals who are able to apply a range of theories and disciplinary perspectives to the enterprise of education in governmental and non-governmental agencies.

For graduate programs related to Curriculum and Instruction, please see Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI).

NOTE: This section includes information about the M.A. programs previously associated with the Department of Education Policy Studies (EDPS); students interested in these programs should apply to EDPS, though TLPL now sponsors these programs. Students interested in the Department’s new Ph.D. program should go to Education: Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) in the graduate catalog.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)-- for current requirement
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

NOTE: Applicants for the EDPS master’s program are accepted for the FALL ONLY.

To be recommended for full admission to a master’s program, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, writing) should be at the 50th percentile or higher. Because graduate programs are highly competitive, successful applicants often score considerably higher. Students who do not meet one of these requirements, but show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be considered for provisional admission. Admission of qualified applicants is based on their competitive ranking to limit enrollments to available faculty resources. See the description of the EDPS programs on the TLPL website for more detailed information.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Mar
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits required

Non-thesis option: 30 credits required

Thesis option:

Coursework chosen with advisor (24 credits)

EDPS 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

Coursework chosen with advisor (27 credits)

EDPS 679: Master's Seminar (3 credits)

Non-thesis students must complete a seminar paper


The M.A. degree requires 30 credits beyond a Bachelor's level degree. Beyond the successful completion of courses, students must demonstrate high standards of scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. Students must either write and defend a research thesis or complete a seminar paper (non-thesis option). Your faculty advisor will help you develop a program of study that is consistent with Departmental and University guidelines.


Facilities and Special Resources

Faculty and students in the department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and other education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including embassies and other international organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships and field experiences, research, and materials to enhance formal course experiences. Facilities that support graduate study include the Center for Mathematics Education, the Center for Science and Technology in Education, the Multicultural Research Center, and the Maryland Equity Project. Additional facilities in the College of Education include the Educational Technology Services Center and numerous Professional Development Schools in local schools districts.

Financial Assistance

A variety of sources are available for seeking financial assistance in the way of graduate assistantships, scholarships, fellowships and financial aid loans. For more information visit the College of Education Funding Resources webpage.

Contact Statement

For additional information and an admissions overview, please visit



Joy Jones, Coordinator for TLPL Graduate Admissions and Student Services

Room 2311 Benjamin Building University of Maryland,

College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-3118

Fax: (301) 314-9055


Associated Information


Education Policy; Degrees offered: M.A.,Ph.D.; Specializations in Curriculum Theory and Development; Education Policy; Socio-cultural Foundations of Education; Studies; Organizational Leadership; Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies; Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership.