Degrees & Programs

Education Policy Studies

Help shape the future of education. What can we do to boost high school graduation rates? How can we help individual schools cope with budget shortfalls at local school districts? How do we evaluate student and teacher performance? These are just a few of the challenges that education policymakers face in the 21st century.

Creating and implementing effective education policies requires a close examination of the social and historical foundations of education in the United States and beyond. It also requires a deep understanding of sociology and economics, history and anthropology, and morality and culture.

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