Master of Arts (M.A.) | Sociology and Education | Education Policy & Social Analysis

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Sociology and Education

In the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts (M.A., 33 points)

Program Requirements

Master of Arts Degree in the Program in Sociology and Education – minimum of 33 points

Requirements for the M.A. program without the educational policy option: 

I.  Core Courses (minimum 14 points) 

A. Foundational Coursework in Social Analysis of Education (minimum 6 points)

  • EDPS 4021 Sociology of Education (3) (Required)
  • EDPS 4620 Introductory Colloquium in Sociology and Education (3) (Required)

B. Education and Social Inequality (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4022 Sociology of Urban Education (3)
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity and US Educational Policy (3)
  • EDPS 4024 Social Stratification and Education (3)
  • EDPS 4032 Gender, Difference and Curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4032 Gender, Difference and Curriculum (3)

C. Education and Social Organization (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4029 Sociology of Schools (3)
  • EDPS 4030 Sociology of Organizations (3)
  • EDPS 5022 Sociology of Education Systems (3)
  • EDPA 6030 Institutional Theory: Sociological Perspectives on Institutional Change in Education (3)
  • EDPS 5199 Sociology of Teaching and Leadership in Education (3)
  • ITSF 5023 Family as Educator (3)
  • ITSF 5026 Family and Television (3)
  • ITSF 5120 Education in Community Settings (3)
  • HUDK 4031 Sociology of Evaluation (3)

D. Education and Social Change (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDPS 4028 Sociology of the Life Course (3)
  • EDPS 5050 Sociology of Knowledge (3)
  • HUDK 4011 Sociology of Online Learning (3)
  • HUDK 5621 Technology and Society (3)

II. Research Methods (9 points)

A. Quantitative Research Methods (3 points)

  • EDPA 4002 Data Analysis for Policy & Decision Making I (3), or
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3)

B. Qualitative Research Methods (3 points)

  • EDPS 5057 Qualitative Methods for Education Policy and Social Analysis (3), or
  • ITSF 5000 Methods of Inquiry:  Ethnography and Participant Observation (3), or
  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)

C. Advanced Research Methods (3 points)

  • EDPA 5002 Data Analysis for Policy & Decision Making II (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • EDPA 4050 Logic & Design of Research in Educational Policy & Social Analysis (3)
  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (3)
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I (3)
  • HBSS 6100 Program Evaluation (3)
  • T6416 Program Evaluation in Social Services (at Columbia School of Social Work) (3)
  • EDPS 5020 Survey Research Methods (3) 

III. Electives/Concentration (6-9 points)

IV. Culminating Integrative Experience (0-3 points)

Master’s comprehensive examination (0), or

Master’s essay and EDPS 6021 Master’s Essay in Sociology and Education (1 point in the fall and 2 points in the spring, for a total of 3 points)

Additional requirements for the M.A. program with the policy concentration: 

Choose one course from each of the following four categories: 

I. Foundational Studies in Education Policy

  • EDPS 4000   Education and Public Policy

II. Policy Analysis

  • EDPA 5645 Craft of Policy Analysis
  • EDPA 4047 Politics and Public Policy
  • EDPA 4048 Policy Analysis & Implementation

III. Program Evaluation

  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I
  • HBSS 6100 Program Evaluation
  • T6416 Program Evaluation in Social Services (at Columbia School of Social Work)

IV. Topics in Education and Social Policy

  • EDPA 4013 Education Policy and the Management of Instruction
  • EDPA 4017 Topics in Higher Education Law
  • EDPA 4025 Higher Education Policy
  • EDPA 4033 Comprehensive Educational Opportunity
  • EDPA 4046 School Finance Policy and Practice
  • EDPA 4086 Law and Education:  Regulation, Religion, Free Speech and Safety
  • EDPA 4899 Federal Policy Institute
  • EDPA 5016 Educational Equality:  The Rule of Law
  • EDPA 5023 Policymaking for Effective High School to College Transition
  • EDPA 5086 Educational Policymaking and the Courts
  • EDPA 5880 School Law Institute
  • EDPA 6013 Early Childhood Development and Education
  • EDPA 6027 International Perspectives on Early Childhood Policy
  • EDPE 4057 Economics of Urban and Minority Education
  • EDPE 4058 Economics of Higher Education
  • EDPE 4155 Evaluating Educational Privatization and School Choice
  • EDPP 5041 Politics of Centralization and Decentralization
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity and US Educational Polic
  • C&T 4615 Young Children, Families and Social Policy
  • C&T 5050 Education Policy:  Prologue to the Future
  • C&T 5074 Curriculum and Teaching Policy
  • HBSS 4112 Social Policy and Prevention
  • ITSF 4060 Latinos in Urban Schools
  • ITSF 4098 Education Development Policies in China
  • ITSF 4160 Human Rights Education in Africa:  Politics, Policies and Pedagogies
  • ITSF 5006 International Education Policy Studies

*Please note that all master's students must complete a Culminating Experience.  See the Guidelines for more details:

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