Economics and Education

Prepare to Maximize your Impact

Economic concepts and analytic methods are increasingly influential in education policy and administration, and graduates who can combine quantitative skills with substantive expertise are in high demand. The Economics and Education M.A. program at Teachers College prepares students to apply that approach, as well as its methodological tools, to contemporary education policy issues both domestically and globally.

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Prepare to Learn

Take courses in core areas including applied microeconomics, the economics of education, education and economic development, statistics, and data analysis, but also choose from several courses on more specific economic and policy topics  to customize your experience including advanced language study, public policy, and international and comparative studies.

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Prepare to Connect

Become immersed in the rich, multidisciplinary environment that is the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA), which also includes programs in Education Policy, Politics and Education, and Sociology and Education. Students also benefit from interactions with the broader Teachers College and Columbia University community, including student organizations, networking events, and faculty-led research centers. And of course, the infinite social, cultural, and intellectual opportunities of New York City are only steps away.



Prepare to Join a Legacy

TC graduates have gone on to work in policy, administration, and data analysis roles within government agencies, schools, education research and advocacy organizations, foundations, and educational technology companies, as well as to pursue further study in related fields.

Representative Employment
Data Scientist at TAL Education Group
Quantitative Research Analyst at Research for Action
Strategic Data Facilitator at New Visions for Public Schools
Education Policy Consultant at UNESCO Institute of Statistics
Enrollment Services Analyst at EAB
Head of Research and Development Department at EDUCA – Accion Empresarial por la Educacion
Senior Associate for Academic Planning and Monitoring at Teach for Pakistan



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