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Program Overview

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Educational organizations must confront serious challenges at the local, state and national levels — now more than ever. Addressing these issues requires strong leaders, individuals trained to analyze policy and apply the latest research and analytic tools to craft innovative solutions.

The UW Master of Education in Education Policy (MEP) degree gives you the knowledge and experience to bring positive change to education. The program combines the latest theories and concepts in policy with real-world experience in the field, preparing you to make an immediate impact with nonprofits and advocacy agencies, philanthropies, school districts and government agencies.

Shaped and delivered by leading scholars in the field of education policy, the program is offered by the UW College of Education in collaboration with UW Continuum College. In 2021, the College of Education was ranked No. 13 by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Format

The MEP program uses a cohort format, meaning that you will work closely with your classmates throughout the year and form tight bonds. Students complete the intensive program in one year, over four quarters.

All classes are held on the scenic UW Seattle campus. The exception is the nine-credit internship, which you will complete on-site at an organization or government agency of your choosing. You will carry out your 150 hours of internship work during spring and summer quarters to complete your degree.

Who Should Apply

MEP is designed for those looking to make a difference within systems of public education — from the classroom to Congress, from preschool to higher education. You are not required to have a background in education, and we welcome students with non-education academic and professional backgrounds. The key factor is a desire to produce positive change in the field of education.

For more details about requirements and how to apply, see Admissions.