Attend a Virtual Information Session at Marquette University

Attend Our Information Session: October 12, 2022

Join us for an Information Session for our Educational Policy and Foundations Program. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Director of the Program and the Graduate Admissions Recruiter as we discuss program highlights, curriculum and the application process. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so have your questions ready.

The Information Session will be held on Wednesday October 12, at 4:30pm CST. Please RSVP at the link below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Developing educational leaders for the greater good

Marquette's educational policy and leadership program, in cooperation with other university's colleges, schools and programs, prepares graduate students to assume leadership roles in areas of study provided by its programs and specializations. Our program is committed to the development of practitioners and researchers as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is accomplished through systematic focus on social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education.

The master of arts with a specialization in educational policy and foundations is designed for teachers and educational leaders who wish to combine the study of foundations in education with research in an area of interest.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of our graduate programs is to engage the professional educator (teacher or other human-service organization leader) in extended critical reflection on principles, practices and rationales of human service leadership in contemporary society. Specifically, the program seeks to develop educational and human-service leaders with expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of educational policy issues. Our programs are designed to accommodate the working professional, and content is composed to reflect diversity in student backgrounds, interests and professional objectives.

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Application Deadline

  • January 15: for priority consideration for fall admission
  • July 15: for all other fall applications
  • November 15: for spring applications

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette. Transcripts must include proof of earned bachelor's degree.1
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work.
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • GRE Scores (general test only) are optional.
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Trinity Fellowship Program

Students interested in the EDPL Master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.