Explore Our Graduate Programs

Educational Research Methods & Policy Studies is an inter-disciplinary framework that draws from perspectives in policy, psychology, pedagogy and history. The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation offers three graduate programs in Educational Research Methods & Policy Studies. The first is a 15-credit Graduate Certificate program in Research Methods in Education where students will learn the fundamentals in basic research methods in education. The second program is a 36-credit Master’s Degree that moves students beyond the fundamentals and allows the study of a focused topic: quantitative methods, evaluation, research design, or policy studies. Either of these programs can be completed entirely online.

We also offer a specializations in Educational Evaluation & Policy as well as Philosophical & Cultural Inquiry as part of the College of Education Ph.D. in Educational Sciences.

Our programs in Educational Research Methods and Policy are designed to prepare individuals for a fulfilling career change or even expand their current responsibilities in various fields, including:

  • academic institutions
  • K-12 school districts
  • state and federal agencies
  • training programs, in health-related professions
  • organizations that specialize in certification, licensing, and testing

Students will develop critical research skills and data analysis techniques and will be able to apply those skills and techniques to real-world settings and pressing issues in education. Check out our programs and determine which is right for you!

State Authorization and Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.