The Education Policy and Evaluation online master’s program from Florida State University offers a chance for individuals to receive high quality education on their own time. Designed to be completed in as little as two years on a part-time schedule, the online education policy and evaluation master’s program will prepare students for impactful careers in local, state, and national educational institutions and agencies. Additionally, students can earn the Program Evaluation certificate at the same time.*
The online master’s in education policy and evaluation uses a cohort model to help students get to know their peers and encourage one another as they work through the curriculum. During the program, students will learn about current issues affecting education, including school finance, urban education reform, teacher quality, charter schools, and more. Students learn from faculty members well-regarded in the field of education policy and evaluation.
Education policy has wide-ranging ramifications to society, as policy dictates access to quality education, how teachers are trained, and more. The FSU education policy and evaluation online master’s program gives students the knowledge they need to contribute and lead these critical conversations.
Interested in a face-to-face master’s in education policy and evaluation? Learn more about our in-person program.
*In order to qualify for program evaluation certificate, students will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. Students will also need to complete the Certificate Admissions Form prior to the completion of two classes in the program. Learn more about the program evaluation certificate and its admission requirements.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:
- A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree
- GRE test scores* – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.
- Target Scores: Verbal – 149+, Quantitative – 147+, Analytical Writing – 3.5+
- *NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2026.
- Language proficiency test (international students only) – FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5), MELAB (minimum 77), Cambridge C1 Advanced Level (minimum 180), Michigan Language Assessment (minimum 55), and Duolingo (minimum 120)
- Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and/or university attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail in a sealed envelope:
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Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410
- Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process. The Office of Admissions determines eligibility for admission to the University, and the academic department, program, or college determines admissibility to the degree program. University graduate admissions requirements are found at https://gradschool.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions. Academic programs have additional requirements.
- Florida State University requires a course-by-course credential evaluation for all applicants that have degrees from a non-U.S. institution. International and domestic applicants with degrees earned from international institutions must submit their official transcripts through a NACES approved evaluator for transcripts from a non-U.S. institution. SpanTran has created a custom application for Florida State University that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. See the “Transcript Requirement” section on The Graduate School website, https://gradschool.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions, for detailed information on University transcript requirements for graduate admission.
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For this program, supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:
- Statement of purpose (1 required) – The purpose statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals.
- Letters of recommendation (1 required) – Letters should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success in the program, specifically supervisors, professors, or postsecondary instructors. We do not accept letters from co-workers, relatives, or friends.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
- Unofficial Transcripts – Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.
Please note: the program codes you will select in the application for this program are as follows: M.S.: EDPOLICYMS
Florida Residency Form: If you are a Florida resident, you must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit even if you were previously designated a Florida Resident by the University. If you do not complete this form, you will be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes.
- Fall admission: July 1
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Plentiful opportunities to conduct influential research, develop groundbreaking policy, and analyze existing or future policies at local, state, and national educational agencies await graduates of our Education Policy & Evaluation programs.
As of 2023, the median pay for policy analysts is $72,320 a year. Careers in education policy and evaluation are perfect for individuals who enjoy creative and critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving.