Two MA concentrations are designed to prepare graduates for diverse roles as educators, advocates, or policy analysts in schools, government agencies, think tanks, policy organizations, community organizations, or institutions of higher education: Community-Based Change and Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Community-Based Change

You will develop expertise in policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as the process of school reform and the development of partnerships between community members and external participants. This program is specifically geared toward educators, parents, and other community members who wish to gain skills and knowledge that will assist them in becoming powerful advocates for high-quality, equitable education.

Evaluation and Policy Analysis

In addition to policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, you will gain specific inquiry into the process of school reform and the development of more equitable education policies. The program is designed to prepare evaluators, and policy analysts for careers in academic institutions and agencies at the state and federal levels. Graduates will be able to analyze, recommend, and evaluate public policies effectively.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of approved coursework while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled. 

3 credit hours of education research courses. Eligible courses include: 

  • EDUC 5716 Basic Statistical Methods
  • EDUC 5726  Introduction to Disciplined Inquiry

15 credit hours of foundations courses. Eligible courses include:

  • EDUC 5065  Curriculum Theories
  • EDUC 5075 Sociology in Education
  • EDUC 5085 History of American Education
  • EDUC 6210  Education Policy and the Law
  • EDUC 6220  Gender Issues in Education
  • EDUC 6235  Anthropology of Education
  • EDUC 6230  Ethics in Education
  • EDUC 6235  Anthropology of Education
  • EDUC 7055 Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 7446 Seminar: Policy Issues in Education
  • EDUC 6230  Ethics in Education
  • EDUC 8045 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
  • EDUC 6240 African American Education in the United States
  • EDUC 8055 Theoretical Issues in Education Policy

3 credit capstone

  • EDUC 6945 MA Capstone Seminar in Foundations of Education


Applicants to our Master’s programs will be considered automatically for a handful of scholarships at the time of admission. Applicants do not need to do anything to be considered apart from completing the application for admission by the posted application deadline. Automatic-consideration scholarships for MA students are only available for applicants to the Fall or Summer terms. All scholarships are one-time awards and will be applied across the Fall and Spring semesters. Automatic-consideration scholarships for the Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice program include A Queer Endeavor Kelley Therese Wylder Scholarship Fund ($1,000), Kelley Family Endowed Teacher Opportunity Scholarship Fund ($1,000), and Edythe V. Billingslea Memorial Scholarship Fund ($3,000).

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required after admission)
  • If international, TOEFL scores
  • Application Fee ($60 domestic application/$80 international) along with the application

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact


  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: January 15, international
  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: February 1, domestic
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 1, international and domestic 

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog