Degrees & Programs

Education Policy Studies

Help shape the future of education by engaging in education policy studies. Learn how specific policies and the processes through which they are implemented affect major outcomes associated with educational systems and practices. Through coursework and individual research, students will examine questions such as: Which policies, in what contexts, have improved equity and quality in education? How do public finance arrangements help or hinder school districts or higher education institutions to meet their multiple goals? How do student and teacher accountability practices shape pedagogical processes and outcomes?

The Education Policy Studies program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze both basic and higher education policies and reforms, informed by a comparative perspective. Our program is unique in its emphasis on close examination of the social and historical foundations of education in the United States and beyond. Drawing on the strengths of ELPS faculty and the Inquiry program, IU’s Education Policy Studies Ph.D. enables students to analyze specific education policy trends in diverse contexts and through diverse methodological approaches.

The Education Policy Studies is designed to prepare students for professional roles in university teaching and research, as well as in educational development and consulting for governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Programs Offered:

At the IU School of Education, you’ll get a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades. You’ll also take an intensely practical look at policy implementation and the organizational and cultural factors that affect it.

Degree options include both the Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies or a 12-hour doctoral minor in Education Policy.

Our Faculty

In keeping with the broad scope of our course offerings and research specialties, our faculty comes from a wide range of backgrounds. They are law, sociology, economics, and education scholars. They also bring real-world experience in developing education policy as school and university administrators, institutional researchers, and state and federal education officials.





Prepare for a career as a policy leader, faculty member, university or school administrator. We boast an excellent placement rate for graduates of our program.


For detailed program information, please contact:

Margaret Sutton
W. W. Wright Education Building, Room 4254
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8368