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Courses & Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The UW Master of Education in Education Policy (MEP) requires a minimum of 44 credits — 11 courses worth a total of 32 or 33 credits (depending on your choice of electives), along with internship and degree project work accounting for 12 credits.


The program curriculum gives you a foundational understanding of educational policy design,  implementation and evaluation, applied qualitative and quantitative methods, education economics and school finance, the dynamics of educational organizations and the politics of policymaking.

Each quarter you will take a special integrative seminar course that applies your classroom learning to current issues facing education systems. Through case studies and group projects, you will unpack the theories and explore their practical application to policy design, implementation and evaluation.

Internship and Degree Project

A key aspect of MEP is the 150-hour internship that each student serves with a selected government agency or nonprofit, philanthropic or advocacy organization. This vital aspect of the program allows you to apply the conceptual knowledge and practical skills learned in the classroom to real-world challenges, working closely with experienced policy professionals.

The degree culminates with a major policy research project that you can add to your professional portfolio. 

Course Sequence

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