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Master's Programs

Education Policy and Management

American education needs strong, reform-minded, idealistic leaders who are committed to equity and excellence in our schools. In the Education Policy and Management (EPM) Program, you will join a diverse cohort of experienced educators and activists training to be system-level leaders in federal and state government, national nonprofits, policy think tanks, and school districts nationwide. Effective education reform closes achievement gaps, promotes inclusiveness, and enables all children to acquire the knowledge and skills to thrive in the 21st century. EPM will give you the organizational leadership skills and policy background to build education systems that provide the greatest good for the greatest number of students.

Through a flexible curriculum that balances policy, management, and research, you will dive deeply into issues such as the racial and economic achievement gap, the role of charter schools in education reform, leadership in social-change organizations, entrepreneurship in education, and the use of data to improve teaching and learning.

As a proud graduate of this institution and a member of the HGSE community, I can speak to this faculty's commitment to integrate policy, research, and practice into their teaching. Since our faculty is actively engaged in the world of educational policy, we are able to connect students to people and organizations currently making a difference in our sector.

Senior Lecturer Karen Mapp, faculty director

EPM is a one-year, full-time master’s program that prepares educators and reform advocates to influence education policy and practice on a broad scale. The strengths of the EPM Program include:

  • Cohort and Community – The EPM Program attracts experienced and accomplished individuals from wildly diverse professional backgrounds who are bound by a dedication to and passion for learning. Classroom teachers swap insights with business executives, strengthening and supporting each other’s development as system-level change agents.
  • Internships and Fieldwork – HGSE is plugged into a thriving network of progressive schools, education reform nonprofits, and government agencies in the Boston area that shape education policy both locally and nationally. Through the Field Experience Program, you can earn four credits under the supervision of a faculty mentor. 

Curriculum Information

Instead of prescribing a list of required courses, the EPM curriculum provides a framework within which you have great freedom to choose the classes that best match your interests, experience, and goals. You can choose from dozens of curated courses in three key subject areas: policy, management and leadership, and research and evaluation. By taking one or more courses in each area — plus electives across HGSE and all Harvard schools — you will receive a comprehensive immersion in education leadership and policy reform.

View Requirements

You must complete eight courses (32 credits) in total. 

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Program Faculty

Members of the faculty associated with the EPM Program are actively engaged in the world of education policy. They are pioneering researchers in family engagement and community organizing for school reform. They testify before Congress on the state of education research in America. One of our faculty members recently served as the secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As an EPM student, you will personally benefit from our faculty’s experience, insights, and professional mentorship.

Alumni & Student Profiles

EPM alumni are making an impact in the lives of children through meaningful education reform on the local, state, and national levels. Our graduates work for state and federal departments of education, they launch and lead nonprofit organizations and school-community partnerships, they conduct research and data analysis for policy think tanks, and they lead progressive schools and school districts.

Rachel Eisner

Recess: Rachel Eisner, Succulentist

A look at the unique student group run by Rachel Eisner, Ed.M.'19.

Delrisha White

Understand, Communicate, Connect: Delrisha White, EPM'19

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Education Policy and Management reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Connect with Admissions

More information about our admissions application requirements and instructions, tuition and financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions is available on our website. If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact Leah Belcher or call 617.495.3414.

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Connect with Program Staff

If you have specific questions about the EPM program requirements or experience, please contact program administrator Andrew Hall or call 617-495-4845.

Virtual Information Sessions

View the Education Policy and Management recorded virtual information session to learn more about the program from faculty, students, and staff.