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Programs & Degrees

Master's Programs

Master's programs are full-time, intensive programs that integrate educational theory and practice. The small cohort sizes provide an intimate setting for academic inquiry and foster individual contact with faculty and fellow students.

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Start of classes

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Duration

9 months

Degree conferred

MA

CTE is an individualized, research-intensive program intended for students with prior professional experience in education. CTE will not admit students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please check back in September 2021 for information on the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Application open

Late Sep 2020

Start of classes

Sep 20, 2021

Duration

18 months

Degree conferred

MS

The EDS program combines modern data science analyses and computational methods with a deep understanding of learning, schools, and education policy. With rigorous academics and real-world experience, the program prepares the first generation of education data science leaders.

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The Individually Designed MA in Education is intended for doctoral students at Stanford who would like to earn a master's in education while studying for their PhD outside of the GSE. Students develop their individual program of study in consultation with a GSE advisor and must finish in three years. 

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Application open

Late Sep 2020

Start of classes

Sep 20, 2021

Duration

12 months

Degree conferred

MA

ICE/IEPA addresses educational practice in a rapidly changing global context, in both less-developed and industrialized countries. Students examine such problems as the political economy of underdevelopment and educational planning in comparative perspective. The major research project requirement provides students the opportunity to develop excellent research skills.

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Application open

Late Sep 2020

Start of classes

Sep 20, 2021

Duration

12 months

Degree conferred

MS

LDT integrates powerful contemporary ideas about learning with emergent technologies to design and evaluate learning environments, products, and programs. LDT graduates bring their skills to bear in a variety of settings, including schools, museums, research institutions, and educational technology companies.

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Application open

Late Sep 2020

Start of classes

Sep 20, 2021

Duration

9 months

Degree conferred

MA

POLS emphasizes the knowledge, theory, and skills necessary for effective leadership in a variety of education-focused organizations. Students design their own programs of study focused on pre-K-12 education, non-profit leadership, policy analysis, higher education, or a combination of these broad areas.

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Application open

Late Sep 2020

Start of classes

July 21, 2021

Duration

12 months

Degree conferred

MA + teaching credential

STEP offers both an elementary and secondary route. Both programs lead to teacher certification in the state of California, and both require intensive, supervised practice at school sites as well as academic course work that focuses on cutting-edge, school-based research.

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Joint MA programs

The joint MA/JD degree combines study for the JD degree in law with an individualized program in education.

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The joint MA/MBA allows students to pursue an MA in education at the GSE and an MBA at the Graduate School of Business. Students complete both degrees in two years.

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The MA/MPP joint degree allows students in the POLS program to simultaneously pursue a master's in public policy from the School of Humanities and Sciences. Students complete both degrees in two years.

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“No matter how you want to make an impact in education, Stanford has everything to offer. Everyone here dreams big and works hard to turn their dreams into a reality.”

79%

Master’s graduates working in roles or organizations related to education

98%

STEP graduates hired as teachers

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