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M.Ed. Education Policy Analysis and Leadership

Education Policy Analysis and Leadership M.Ed. Program

This M.Ed. emphasis prepares students for work examining school and campus reform and policy at the local, state, and national levels.

Students may have the opportunity to complete an internship of up to 8 units in consultation with their faculty advisor. The internship is an optional component and not required for degree completion.

This emphasis can also be completed through a collaboration between the School of Education and the University Extension by completing an approved Extension certificate program that addresses issues of educational policy and leadership. Up to 9 units of 400 level Extension certificate courses can be used toward the minimum 36-unit total required for the degree. The student must have completed the approved Extension certificate prior to admission to this program.

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Specialization Overview

Program Overview

  • Start Term: Fall only
  • Program Length: 1-2 years; program may be completed at your own pace
  • Units: 36-unit minimum
  • Instruction: In-person on Riverside campus.
  • Schedule: Each class meets once a week 4-7pm (Monday-Thursday)

Program Cost

Estimated program cost is $17,630 (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 education (M.Ed.) education programs transfers to the Ph.D. in education. For example, if you complete the M.Ed. in Education Policy Analysis and Leadership you will have already complete one year of coursework for the Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis and Leadership at UCR. Shorten your time to a doctorate by completing an M.Ed. degree with the School of Education today.

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


Students enrolled in the Education Policy Analysis and Leadership master’s program will take a minimum of 36 units. Students will be required to complete a culminating policy report which will take at least two regular academic terms. The report will include one or more of: research, service learning, or program internship opportunities, tied to an in-depth investigation of the topic of study.

This program is available for Fall only admission.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may consider the following career opportunities :

  • Program leadership, evaluation, and policy analysis in K-12, higher-education, and community settings
  • Professor/Instructor
  • Program Director


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