Education, Society, and Culture

Education, Society, and Culture M.A. Program

The Education, Society, and Culture Master of Arts program equips you with the insights, understanding, and analytic skills to be a teacher-leader, or continue your studies and research in a doctoral program. Faculty research and coursework focuses on the historical, social, racial, cultural, and institutional factors affecting education, especially those that affect access and opportunity and contribute to educational inequality. As a student in this research-based program, you’ll have the opportunity study alongside faculty who leaders in their field, and include experts in areas such as teacher education, urban schooling, educational equality, educational access, and youth community engagement.

Specialization Overview


Program Overview

  • Start Term: Fall only
  • Program Length: Approximately 1-2 years, can be earned at your own pace
  • Units: 36-unit minimum/9 classes
  • Instruction: In-person on Riverside campus.
  • Schedule: Each class meets once a week 4-7pm (Monday-Thursday)

Program Cost

Estimated program cost is $17,430 (in-state)

Out-of-state/international tuition is an additional cost. See the fee schedule here.

Ph.D. Pathway

All coursework from of our master of arts (M.A.) education programs transfers to the Ph.D. in education. For example, if you complete the M.A. in Education, Society, and Culture, you will have already complete one year of coursework for the Ph.D. in Education, Society, and Culture at UCR. Shorten your time to a doctorate by completing an M.A. degree with the School of Education today.

Visit our admissions page for more information on application materials and deadlines.



This full-time program is offered on a quarter calendar beginning in Fall. Students get to choose from Plan I (Thesis) or Plan II (Comprehensive Examination).

Plan I (Thesis): Students complete a minimum of 36 upper-division and graduate units. At least 24 units are in graduate courses. A maximum of 12 units may be in graduate research for the thesis.

Plan II (Comprehensive Exam): Students must complete a minimum of 36 units in upper-division and graduate courses in Education and related fields as defined in existing programs. At least 18 of the 36 units must be in graduate courses, and none in graduate research for the thesis.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates are:

  • K-12 Teachers
  • K-12 School District Administrators
  • Resource Service Providers for School Districts
  • Part-time faculty at California State University campuses






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