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As a POLS student, you are required to complete 45 units (approximately 12-15 courses) within 3 consecutive quarters (Autumn-Spring) at Stanford, 36 units of which must be within the Graduate School of Education (GSE). In addition, as part of the year-long POLS seminar, students develop, complete, and present a POLS Project of significant personal interest that addresses a specific educational challenge.

MA Education (POLS sub-plan) / MPP

The MA Education/MPP Joint Degree Program is a two year (six quarters) program that allows students to pursue an MA in Education at the Graduate School of Education and a Mater's in Public Policy degree from the Public Policy Program at the School of Humanities and Sciences simultaneously.  The MA and MPP degrees earned independently would require 3 years, but because of overlapping curricula, the joint degree requires two years to complete. 

Students attracted to this joint degree have a wide variety of interests in education, including education policy, education management, education technology, and teaching and learning. This joint degree program provides students an opportunity to further develop analytical skills and policy analysis perspectives in addition to receiving in-depth education in economic and political science points of view on policy.

Students in this joint degree program will spend their first year taking both Public Policy core courses, Education electives, and completing a POLS Project. The second year is typically devoted to intensive Education study and completing the MPP practicum.


Every quarter POLS students are required take the POLS Seminar (EDUC 209ABC) and to complete courses within three Cluster Requirements: Knowledge, Theory, and Skills. In addition, students may choose from over 100 courses offered at the Graduate School of Education, as well as a variety of classes offered in other Stanford schools and departments.


Students are recommended to pursue an Internship as an important part of their POLS experience.