NYU Steinhardt offers three M.A. programs that prepare students for careers in education policy: Education and Social Policy; Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy; and Sociology of Education. The three programs share many common elements: a focus on urban education, a concern for social justice and equity in education, coursework and applied learning that connects theory and practice, a strong sense of community among faculty and students, strong links to community and research organizations that support schools, opportunities for students to engage with faculty and researchers in projects related to policy analysis and evaluation through Steinhardt's numerous centers and institutes, and New York City as an important laboratory in which to learn and practice education policy.
The program in Education and Social Policy teaches students to use statistics and quantitative methods, large datasets, and research designs to analyze education policies for grades kindergarten-12 and higher education. The M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy program prepares students who want to work towards social and education equity through leadership, politics, policy, and advocacy positions in and around schools. The Sociology of Education program provides a disciplinary grounding that allows students to approach education policy questions with a sociological lens. NYU Steinhardt also offers a 36-credit M.A. in Educational Leadership: School Building Leader program, which prepares students for visionary roles in urban schools as principals or teacher leaders, coaches, and mentors. The program leads to New York State certification as a school building leader (assistant principal or principal). Study abroad programs in Argentina, the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, and Ghana provide opportunities to study educational leadership, policy, and reform in international settings.
New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.