Educational Policy and Leadership
Master of Arts Programs
- Educational Policy and Foundations
The educational policy and leadership programs prepare graduate students to assume educational leadership roles in the areas of study provided by its programs and specializations. A distinctive characteristic of the programs are their commitment to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is done through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education. The educational policy and leadership programs seek to apply the university goals of Christian commitment and scholarship to settings related to educational practice and policy, especially in public and private schools and institutions of higher 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.
Visit the department web page for more detailed program information.
Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
- January 15 for priority consideration for fall admission;
- July 15 deadline for all other fall applications;
- November 15 for spring applications
- 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.*
- 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 scores (General Test only; scores must be received by application deadline).
- 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.
- Teacher certification applicants are required to submit CORE Academic Skills and Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. These applicants must also undergo a criminal background check, conducted by Marquette University. A second criminal background check is conducted at the state level when student teaching is completed, as part of the teacher license application.
- Individuals submitting applications for administrative licenses must undergo a criminal background check, conducted by the state, when their administrative program is complete and they submit their administrative license application to the state.
*Upon 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.
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 Fellows 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.