Policy and Organizations Research, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #5 (ARWU) , CA,
Faculty and students in this program address the complex problem of how to achieve deep understanding, high performance, and equity in American education. While the United States has many excellent schools and universities, too many of them are failing their students. We are working toward solutions that result in school improvement and reform at the site, district, state, and national levels.


This master’s degree program combines discipline-based scholarship with the methodological tools to address difficult questions in novel ways. The focus is on Organizing School Reform - Leadership and Analytic Skills. Students examine the ideological and empirical underpinnings of contemporary reform issues – from charter schools, to community organizing for change, to the steady work required to enrich schools within districts.

The master’s degree program prepares graduates for careers in education research, public policy, advocacy, and organizational management. Graduates go on to careers such as policy analyst, research associate, academic specialist, and education coach.

Programme Structure

  • Required coursework includes an orientation to the Policy and Organization Research program's theoretical approach and thematic areas. A course in research design and a year-long POME seminar help students develop ideas and questions for research topics related to their interests and backgrounds.
  • An introductory course in Program Evaluation presents the issues and models that concern evaluators, researchers, and program managers. Students can also choose elective courses that address political, historical, and economic perspectives. On completion of 24 units of coursework, students take a two-part Comprehensive Examination that consists of an extended seminar paper and an oral exam on a topic in their area of specialization.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

This program will appeal to those who see themselves as innovators, analysts, entrepreneurs, and/or advocates. We seek applicants who aspire to work or have been working on the cutting edge with progressive teacher organizations, burgeoning networks, and education nonprofits. A strong undergraduate record combined with some professional experience as an education researcher or teacher is an asset.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    17828 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 USD/month
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