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OLPD M.A. curriculum
Education Policy and Leadership

M.A. students choose between Plan A and Plan B options. Plan A students register for thesis credits, write a master's thesis, and meet with their committee members for an oral defense of the thesis. Plan B students write a final examination paper that they submit to their committee members for review and approval. The accelerated Plan B option is designed to be completed in one year rather than two years for the traditional program.

Plan A | Plan B (traditional and accelerated)

Plan A (30-36 credits)

Program core (6 credits)

Take a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

  • OLPD 5001—Formal Organizations in Education (3 cr) [Take OLPD 5001 if offered – if not offered take alternatives OLPD 5011 or OLPD 5607]
    OR OLPD 5011—Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice (3 cr)
    OR OLPD 5607—Organization Development (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5041—Sociology of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5044—Introduction to Economics of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5048—Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5344—School Law (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5364—Context and Practice of Educational Leadership (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8302—Educational Policy Perspectives (3 cr)

Research design and methods (6 credits)

Selected in consultation with adviser.

Related fields (6 credits taken outside EPL)

The master’s degree requires 6 semester credits taken outside the program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. Courses totaling 6 or more credits should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Electives (2-8 credits)

Selected in consultation with adviser to meet 30-36 total credit requirement for this program.

Thesis credits (10 credits)

Take 10 or more credits of the following:

  • OLPD 8777—Thesis Credits: Master's (10 cr)

Research project

Plan A students will develop and carry out an empirical research project under the supervision of their adviser.

Plan B (30-32 credits)

Required coursework (6 credits minimum)

Take a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

  • OLPD 5001—Formal Organizations in Education (3 cr) [Take OLPD 5001 if offered – if not offered take alternative OLPD 5011]
    OR OLPD 5011—Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5607—Organization Development (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8302—Educational Policy Perspectives (3 cr)

Program core (6 credits)

Choose one course from each of the following areas:

Leadership courses

  • OLPD 5048—Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5364—Context and Practice of Educational Leadership (3 cr)

Other coursework

  • OLPD 5041—Sociology of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5044—Introduction to the Economics of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5128—Anthropology of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5324—Strategic Financial Planning and Policy for Educational Leaders (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5344—School Law (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5346—Politics of Education (3 cr)

Research design and methods (3 credits)

  • OLPD 5501—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)

Related fields (6 credits taken outside EPL)

The master’s degree requires 6 semester credits taken outside the program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. Courses totaling 6 or more credits should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Electives (3-8 credits)

Selected in consultation with adviser to meet 30-32 total credit requirement for this program.

Colloquium paper (3-6 credits)

Students prepare a paper on an issue of relevance in school administration or revise and expand three course papers. Total of 120 hours of work required. Students in the two-year program must take 3 or more credits of OLPD 5095. Students in the one-year program must take a total of 6 cr of OLPD 5087 or OLPD 5095 over 3 semesters with adviser approval (three of those credits will count towards the Electives requirement).

  • OLPD 5087—MA Research Seminar (1-3 cr)
    OR OLPD 5095—Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1-3 cr)

Contact

Katie Pekel, Coordinator
Education Policy and Leadership
612-625-7002 | kpekel@umn.edu