24 months
2150 USD/credit 38700 USD/year
2150 USD/credit 38700 USD/year
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The Education Policy program of Vanderbilt University is a nationally recognized, top-ranked program that fosters knowledge of the social, economic, political, and historical contexts for education policy and practice.


As a part of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, the Education Policy program of Vanderbilt University sits at the crossroads of public policy and education policy, allowing you to dive deep into policy decision-making and the impact of those decisions on today's educational systems.

Through the two-year program you will:

  • Understand the world of education policy and how policymakers solve problems.
  • Learn how to make systemic changes to education in ways that have a positive impact on students.
  • Develop specific modes of quantitative and qualitative analysis to evaluate educational issues and craft innovative solutions.
  • Explore how theoretical frameworks and analysis can be applied in real-world policymaking at the local, state, and national levels.
Students enroll in our graduate program from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a common interest in education policy and how it intersects with their work. You'll form strong connections with fellow students through a cohort-based model and become a part of Vanderbilt's extensive alumni network. There are three tracks within the program that allow you to tailor your classes to meet your specific interest. These tracks provide an in-depth look at either K-12 education policy, higher education policy, or quantitative analysis in education. We also have joint degree programs with both Vanderbilt Law School and the Owen Graduate School of Management.

Why an M.P.P. degree instead of an M.Ed?

A Master's of Public Policy carries a high value within organizations that are thinking about large-scale changes. Vanderbilt's M.P.P. program is unique in its policy focus specifically on education, but the degree (in comparison to the M.Ed. degree) signals analytical and policy analysis skills that are in high demand on the job market.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Politics and Policymaking
  • Education Policy and School Reform
  • American Educational History and Policy
  • Economics of Education
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Teacher Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Transcript(s) from prior undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, three preferred for our master's programs
  • Statement of purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    38700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Nashville

1183 - 2197 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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