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The Master of Arts program in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS) draws upon an integrated knowledge base and the expertise of renowned faculty to create an experience that provides students with a foundation in the core areas of policy, organizational leadership, inquiry & assessment, and teaching & learning. The program gives students the flexibility to explore other relevant themes such as cultural diversity and language acquisition, learning theory, youth development, methods of inquiry and assessment, and school reform.
POLS is a rigorous 9 month, full-time, on-campus program that frames its core values on an in-depth understanding of policy, organizational management skills, and a firm grasp of formal and informal leadership, through an intensive set of core classes and thematically clustered courses that can be tailored to fit your unique professional goals.
The POLS program is divided into three concentrations of specialization, from which you can further customize your course of study. These concentrations are: Higher Education, PreK-12, and the Individually Designed Concentration. Additionally, the design of the program enables students to experience and benefit from a broad range of resources and course options across Stanford.
MA Education (POLS sub-plan) / MPP
The MA Education/MPP Joint Degree Program allows students to simultaneously pursue an MA in Education at the Graduate School of Education and an MPP degree from the Public Policy Program at the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Students attracted to this Joint Degree have a wide variety of interests in education (PreK-12, higher education, non-profit, for-profit education, etc.), including education policy, education management, the application of technology to education, and teaching and learning. The Joint Degree program provides students an opportunity to further develop analytic skills and policy analysis perspectives in addition to receiving in-depth education in legal, economic, and political science points of view on policy.
Students in the Joint Degree Program will spend their first year taking both Education and Public Policy core courses. The second year is typically devoted to the MPP practicum and remaining Education and Public Policy requirements.
It is typical to complete the Joint MA Education/MPP Degree Program in two years (six quarters). The MA and the MPP degrees, earned independently, would require 3 years, but because of overlapping curricula, the joint degree requires 2 years to complete. Please note the following application requirements:
- In your application to the Graduate School of Education’s Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS) Program:
- Indicate your interest in the Joint MA/MPP Degree Program by marking the appropriate box under Application Information.
- You will be prompted to upload an additional Statement in the Joint Degree section of your online application.
- If you are admitted into the POLS Program, we will forward your application to the Public Policy Program.
- You will receive your MPP and POLS admission decisions at the same time.
- If you are not admitted to the POLS Program, it is not possible to enroll solely in the Graduate Public Policy Program. At this time, you must be accepted or enrolled in another Stanford graduate program to be eligible to apply for a Master's Degree in Public Policy (http://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/graduate).
- Please note that students must have completed Microeconomics (Stanford equivalent: Econ 50) and Multivariable Calculus (Stanford equivalent: Math 51) by their date of matriculation into the program.
For further details about the MA (Education)/MPP Degree, please refer to the School of Humanities and Sciences Public Policy Program.
Here at the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) we believe that commitment and passion are only the first steps towards changing the way we view and participate in education. We know you have the drive; we’re here to give you the expertise and management tools you need to be a dynamic force in improving education. You already know the challenges facing education. The question is, are you prepared to be part of the solutions?