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Education Policy (M.P.P.)

Peabody College’s innovative Master of Public Policy in Education program is a two-year professional course of study leading to the master of public policy (M.P.P.) degree. The M.P.P. program offers three areas of concentration:

  • K-12 Policy
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Quantitative Methods in Education Policy

As a student in the M.P.P. program, you will explore a practice-focused curriculum grounded in social science research, and come to understand the broader social, economic, political, and historical context of contemporary education and education policy. The 36 credit hour, multidisciplinary M.P.P. program  introduces students to public and educational policy making through a policy core (12 credit hours), research and data analysis sequence (nine credit hours), and a specialty concentration in K-12 or Higher Education policy (12 credit hours). Students pursuing the newly developed Quantitative Methods in Education Policy track will fulfill the 12-hour concentration through a specially designed set of methods courses in statistical analysis, causal inference, and data management. All M.P.P. students complete a field-based practicum (three credit hours). Through the practicum experience, students apply the content knowledge and analytical skills derived from M.P.P coursework to professionally-based policy work. A policy paper to be approved by M.P.P. faculty completes the practicum experience.

The M.P.P. program serves as preparation for a variety of careers in education policy and policy analysis. Recent graduates have assumed positions in state and federal education agencies, legislatures, district-level offices; colleges and universities, foundations, non-profit organizations, and private research firms and think tanks. Graduates have also pursued advanced study in law, or doctoral programs in education and the social sciences.

Prospective students with dual interests in public policy and law may apply to the joint J.D./M.P.P. degree. Offered through Vanderbilt Law School and Peabody College, the joint degree can be obtained in four years. Candidates for admission must apply and be accepted separately to each program.

Information Sheet about Education Policy (M.P.P.)