Apply to the Education Policy and Leadership Master of Science Program 

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Applications open on September 15, 2022, and the priority application deadline is January 6, 2023. Only students applying by the priority deadline are eligible for scholarship awards. The standard application deadline is April 14, 2023.


Information Session

Want to learn more? Stay tuned in September for the dates of our upcoming live remote and in-person information sessions. Want information before then? We've got you covered! In this video, hear from program director Dr. Ilana Umansky and Professor David Liebowitz who offer more detail on the master's degree program.


Cohort and Acceptance Rate Information

Each year, we admit a cohort of up to 30 students. We are looking for applicants with an undergraduate degree, a drive to improve education policy and/or leadership, and interest in (but not necessarily experience with) quantitative methods. We are especially excited by applicants with work experience in an education, not-for-profit, policy, or government setting. We strive for a diverse cohort each year, and highly encourage students of color and students from other underrepresented groups to apply!

Application requirements

  1. Online application Please fill out our UO online application form. You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting. You will be able to log in and view/update each section of your application until you submit it.
  2. Statement of Purpose In 1-3 pages, please describe for us your goals in pursuing the Education Policy and Leadership MS degree, your future professional aspirations, and how your personal and/or professional interests and experiences led you to apply for this program.
  3. Current resume/curriculum vitae Please include a resume/curriculum vitae (CV) that lists your educational and work experience.
  4. Official transcripts Please include official transcripts from all prior institutions of higher education that you have attended.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation Please select people who know you well and can speak to your academic and professional skills, background, and potential.
  6. An example of your scholarly or professional writing (OPTIONAL) This optional element of your application can be a paper from your undergraduate studies that you feel exemplifies your research and writing skills or it can be a piece of professional writing from your work experience.
  7. Valid GRE scores (OPTIONAL) GRE scores are an optional element of your application. If including, please have an official GRE report sent to us.
  8. A non-refundable application fee The application fee is $70 for domestic students and $90 international students, paid by credit card or eCheck. Check here to see if you are eligible for a fee reduction or waiver .

Applicants must have an earned B.A. or B.S. to be eligible for admission.

International students whose primary language is a language other than English also need to include TOEFL scores.

International Students 

EPoL welcomes international student applicants including those who plan to return to their home country after the program and those who will seek work or further studies in the U.S.


For Questions about the Education Policy and Leadership master’s program, please Contact Us.