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Education Policy Ph.D.

The Michigan State University doctoral program in Education Policy prepares students to conduct research on current and enduring issues, and to connect with policymakers and educational professionals. The program was created by faculty members from multiple disciplines who shared a vision: that policy should be created with stakeholders through research that takes into account the real needs of teachers, administrators, students, families and communities.

The Spartan difference

The Education Policy Ph.D. program at MSU is ranked in the nation's top-10 and housed in one of the top schools of education. Students work closely with faculty who are leaders in their fields of expertise, and take classes in departments across the university that meet their interests. Students are encouraged to begin independent research as soon as their first year.

Opportunities to connect research to practice are abundant, from partnerships with state and local agencies to collaborative research projects around the globe. Wherever they work, MSU scholars share a particular commitment to meet the educational needs of historically disadvantaged and underserved students.

Fast Facts
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Students in each cohort
~39%
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Acceptance rate to Education Policy Ph.D. Program
#7
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Rank according to 2020 U.S. News and World Report
11% Less
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area cost of living below the national average
Benefits to our location

Michigan State University is located only minutes from the state Capitol and access to policymakers, the state Department of Education, and leading educational organizations centered in Lansing. Michigan represents a microcosm of U.S. education, with urban centers, remote rural districts, and wealthy suburbs.

The MSU College of Education community includes offices and centers that create opportunities to conduct and disseminate education policy research, such as the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) and the Office of K-12 Outreach.

Concentration Areas
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Policy students may design an individual program of study that suits their specific scholarly and professional interests. Possible concentrations within the policy major include:


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Economics and finance of education

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Educational politics, urban education and policy analysis

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Social analysis of Education Policy and educational reform

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Policy for teaching and teacher education

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Assessment, evaluation and quantitative analysis

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Comparative and international perspectives on education policy

I was drawn to the program by the faculty and the projects they were doing. They do research in schools. And it was a good mix of people doing the research—qualitative and quantitative.


David Reid

Education Policy Ph.D. alumnus

Core Values
  1. A personalized approach to student growth and development
  2. A commitment to a mission of service
  3. Dedication to a well-rounded, cutting-edge approach to research
  4. Guaranteed financial support throughout five years
  5. Faculty at the forefront of research in their area of expertise
Beyond our Borders

A strength of Michigan State's College of Education is its commitment to international work. Faculty and students are involved in policy-related research in countries in Africa, as well as in China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and more.

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Education Policy Ph.D. Program
Dr. Michael W. Sedlak
Education Policy Program Director
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
620 Farm Lane, 207 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Email: msedlak@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 432-1260