Education Policy and Management

Education Policy & Management


The Education Policy and Management Program (EPM) is designed to prepare graduates to assume challenging positions in a variety of governmental, intermediary, nonprofit, school and other educational organizations.  The EPM program aims to equip graduates to lead complex initiatives in diverse settings involving education policy and practice. It introduces students to the world of policy and the intergovernmental system that provides public education in the United States.  Students grapple with the strengths and weaknesses of policy as a tool for school improvement.  They delve into contemporary policy issues utilizing research skills and evidence, political analysis and organizational knowledge.

For many experienced educators and education activists, the EPM program opens the door to a world of new professional opportunities for influencing policies and practices which ultimately impact schools and the lives of children.  Graduates work in federal, state and local government, national foundations, advocacy and nonprofit organizations, professional associations, policy think tanks, school improvement organizations, and in local schools and districts. They fill diverse roles, enjoying success as leaders, advocates, policy analysts, consultants, researchers, planners, educators and philanthropists.

The EPM program is a one year, full time master's program. Coursework is largely self-designed but requires work in educational policy, research, and organizational management. Students have access to the full range of courses at the Graduate School of Education, and many elect to take related courses elsewhere in the university, such as in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Business School, among others.

To complement their year of study, many EPM students participate in HGSE's Internship program, the Field Experience Program. Others choose to take education-related courses offered at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, which may round out their preparation. To learn more about cross-registration opportunities, please see below under "Cross-Registration."

EPM Requirements and Courses 2013-14:

All EPM students are required to take eight courses(32 credits), five of which must be taken at HGSE. EPM students are also required to take one HGSE course from each of the required categories below; there are no exceptions or substitutions for these classes. Elective classes can be taken either at HGSE or other Harvard Schools.

EPM students are strongly encouraged to take A-100 Introduction to the Development and Implementation of Education Policy,or A-129 Federal Government in the Schools. These core introductory courses are designed to immerse students in the world of contemporary educational policy in the United States. Both provide a broad introduction to the intergovernmental system in education and to the major policy issues confronting today's education leaders at all levels of government. They also introduce students to the roles played by the wide variety of non-governmental organizations that dot the education landscape.


Management and Leadership

Research and Evaluation


Many HGSE students choose to take courses at other Harvard graduate schools (aka, cross-registering), including the Harvard Business School (HBS), the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and the Harvard Law School (HLS). For more information about cross-registering at other Harvard schools, please visit the University Course Catalog

HGSE Course Catalog

For more information about HGSE course offerings, view the entire HGSE course catalogue.