Michigan State University

College of Education

Educational Policy


Michigan State University

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The College of Education at Michigan State University is recognized nationally and internationally for the work of its faculty and students in the area of educational policy. In keeping with the University's land-grant mission, educational policy work in the College includes research on urgent policy issues, the training of policy professionals, and outreach to policy makers and policy communities in Michigan and beyond. The doctoral program in educational policy prepares students to assume a variety of professional roles in educational policy analysis and policy development in local, state, national, and international organizations, as well as faculty positions in higher education. The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy is designed for persons who show promise of becoming scholars and leaders in state, national, and international policy communities. The program prepares scholars and leaders to understand, evaluate, and implement educational policy in higher education, government agencies, philanthropies and other institutions in the public and private sectors. Students will have opportunities to develop analytical perspectives on current issues in educational policy and to investigate how these issues shape organizations, practice and learning. Students will acquire an understanding of different contexts for educational-policy formation. They will master the skills essential for policy research and analysis and participate in field-based policy development and evaluation practica. Policy students may design an individual program of study that suits their specific scholarly and professional interests. Possible concentrations within the policy major include: Economics and finance of education Educational politics, urban education, and policy analysis Social analysis of educational policy and educational reform Policy for teaching and teacher education Assessment, evaluation, and quantitative analysis Comparative and international perspectives on educational policy Entering students are competed automatically for all of the awards for which they are eligible; there are no additional procedures or forms to complete. Educational Policy students are eligible for a variety of university and college multi-year financial aid packages. The College of Education graduate financial support website outlines these awards, which are typically made in February and March. Many international students pay for their doctoral study in other ways. The most common situation is that they receive financial support from their home government or home educational institution. The Fulbright program supports some international students. A number of them also draw on their own savings or receive support from their families. Some find other sources of income through assistantships elsewhere on campus, or through non-professional student work on campus. Almost all Educational Policy students receive guaranteed, multi-year awards (four or five year commitments) that provide at least $21,000 per year in stipend, plus full tuition, waivers, and health insurance benefits.


Michigan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. MSU is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of Graduate Schools, Council of Graduate Schools, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and International Association of Universities.

International Student Requirements:

The application process for international students is somewhat different, in addition to the above requirements, English Proficiency Proof: TOEFL and a statement of financial proof. This statement, a copy of which is included in the application, must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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