Skip to main content
Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search
Department of Education

Educational Studies

Student presenting

The Tufts M.A. in Educational Studies is an opportunity for motivated, independent-minded learners seeking new ideas in education. Students customize their programs of study to support their interests, in consultation with faculty advisors.

Students in the program include K-12 teachers interested in furthering their intellectual and professional development; community activists who see education as key to societal health; and educators in any setting who would like to conduct research on learning and instruction.

Some students look to apply studies of critical theory in STEM Education. Others are interested in developing community spaces of learning — to enhance their practices as K-12 teachers or their preparation for college teaching, to work with students making the transition from high school to college, or to study educational practices in other countries. There are lots of new possibilities.


The degree requires 30 credit-hours at graduate levels (courses numbers 100 or above), with at least 18 credit-hours in the Department of Education.

Students have the flexibility to design programs of study specifically around their backgrounds and interests. We match students with faculty advisors, who work with them to create their plans, selecting courses from Education and across the University, and, as appropriate, planning internships, independent studies, or projects. A significant project could develop into a master's thesis.

Message from our Directors


Shameka Powell
Co-Director, Educational Studies

Erin Seaton
Co-Director, Educational Studies