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Master’s in Social Foundations of Education

The master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on the diverse factors and social issues that shape education. You will explore how historical, philosophical, sociocultural, political, economic and international forces shape educational processes as well as how education shapes society. Our graduates strive for a more equitable, just, peaceful and democratic society and world and pursue careers as educators, leaders, community activists, policy makers and analysts and research scholars. 


To ensure maximum flexibility, courses in this 36-hour program are offered in varied formats, such as online, face-to-face and hybrid. The five main areas of coursework include:

  • Social Foundations Core: Knowledge base in history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education and anthropology of education.
  • Social Foundations Electives: Social foundations and related fields to meet your specific interests. 
  • Research and Inquiry: Basic knowledge and skill sets in research and inquiry.
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy (optional): Projects involving teacher activism, school-community partnerships, curriculum development and grants to serve diverse initiatives (e.g, art, literacy, STEM).
  • Master’s Final Project: The culminating effort of the student’s Master of Arts degree.


Course information

Graduate Certificate in Comparative and International Education


Research and Faculty

You will have opportunities to conduct, present and publish research with faculty and fellow students. Research interests of our experienced and internationally-known faculty include comparative and international education, diversity and equity issues, religions, gender studies and education policy and practice.


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StudentsApplications are accepted on a rolling basis each semester, with the following deadlines:

  • Fall Admission — July 1
  • Spring Admission — December 1

To apply for the program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required)
  • Current resume/vita
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Professional goal statement (approximately 500 words)
  • Academic writing sample (optional) 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required to establish English proficiency) 
  • In-person or virtual interview may be required as part of the admissions process 

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Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.





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