University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Educational Policy Studies

235 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI 53706
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Program contact: Mary Jo Gessler
Phone: 608-262-1760
Fax: 608-262-0460
Email: gessler@education.wisc.edu

Face-to-Face Evening/weekend1 Online2 Hybrid3 Accelerated4 Add'l assistantship and/or enrollment policy5
Admitting Degree(s):
Ph.D.
M.A.

About the Educational Policy Studies Program

The Department of Educational Policy Studies contributes scholarship and teaching intended to deepen and the understanding of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. Faculty and students examine educational policies, movements, outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies, as well as the forces that shape them, using modes of inquiry associated with an array of scholarly fields and disciplines.

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Additional Policy

Students are eligible to compete for UW-Madison fellowships. The department has a small number of teaching and project assistantships. In addition, students in Educational Policy Studies are frequently successful in competing for assistantships on professors' research grants through the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and other research organizations on campus, as well as for administrative assistantships and teaching assistantships in related departments.

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1 These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

2 These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.

3 These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.

4 These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.

5 Students in most on-campus graduate programs are eligible for assistantships. Please look carefully at the additional policies listed above for more information about the specific assistantship and enrollment policies for the program. Contact the program with any questions.