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Educational Studies

About the Program


Students working toward the Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Studies explore education as a site of critical scholarly analysis through the disciplinary strands of the field, including: history, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. The program offers students the opportunity to examine a range of education topics in relation to the study of race, gender, sexuality, class, and other categories of identity, culture, and institutional and structural power. Students are trained to engage these topics through critical theoretical frames such as feminist theories, queer theories, Critical Race Theory, post-colonial theories, and socio-cultural theories.

Educational Studies students are cutting-edge thinkers and activists. Their inquiry is grounded in the rich dynamic between macro societal dynamics and micro educational practices, and they are drawn to an academic program that is academically and theoretically rigorous, preparing them for advanced studies, policy work, and community activism, among other future endeavors.

Educational Studies


Students in this program are required to take ten courses (if they undertake the paper) or eleven courses (if they undertake the thesis) and work collaboratively with their advisor to design scholarly questions that guide coursework and culminate in a scholarly paper or thesis. Educational Studies students participate in our group advising program, present their work in public forums, and have the opportunity to participate in numerous mentoring, teaching, programming, and research projects.

After the Program

Graduates of the Educational Studies program participate in a range of further schooling and work experiences. Our graduates go on to doctoral and law programs, work for education not-for-profit organizations, work in higher education administration, among much more.


Ed Studies students collaborate with their peers, faculty, advisors, and mentors, to:

  • develop critical understandings of schooling and education as dynamic sites of scholarly inquiry
  • cultivate a sophisticated scholarly understanding of the complex relationships between and among education, society, and the state
  • become broadly familiar with the disciplinary strands of scholarship that constitute Educational Studies
  • build expertise in one area of theory and one topic of study
  • prepare for transformative work in the broad field of Education