American University

M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership


4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership

Format: Online

Program Description:

American University’s master’s in education online program includes a foundation in law, policy, economics, and other disciplines that allow students to understand the educational system, its problems, and the necessary solutions from a systemic point of view.

The program requirements for the master’s in education include 30 credit hours of approved graduate work, comprising 12 credits of core courses and 18 credits focused on Education Policy. (Up to six credit hours may be transferred from work completed at other institutions and approved by the program director at time of admission.) The program culminates in a capstone experience for all students.

With an online M.Ed. in education policy and leadership from American University, education professionals learn from faculty who have direct experience working at the Department of Education or consulting with the Obama administration's Reach Higher Initiative to gain the necessary knowledge to support all student populations, especially the most vulnerable. The Policy Studies track prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations — including federal and state education agencies, school districts, charter management organizations, and nonprofits — that implement education policies and programs. Students work with professors and education leaders to develop knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, law, economics, and research needed to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels. Policy Studies graduates are also well positioned to continue on to PhD programs in education policy and research.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

International Student Requirements:

A program cost guide for international students is available on the International Student & Scholar Services website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30 Credit Hours

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,642

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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