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MASTER'S

Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation

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The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation (EEJST) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the social, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations of schooling. Students critically examine educational contexts, practices, and policies rooted in  injustice, whiteness, and oppression in educational systems to unpack how these systems have fostered social inequity and work toward justice-driven change.

The EEJST concentration draws from many disciplinary perspectives to develop possible ways that systematic and structural racism and inequity might be uprooted, disrupted, and challenged. The concentration is largely focused on the U.S. education system. This concentration also offers opportunities for those interested in social service professions to develop relevant education expertise.

The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation concentration supports students to

  • develop skills and capacities for action, engagement, collaboration, and the relational and political work of change,
  • build relationships and become acquainted with settings, organizations, people, and movements where they can effectively put their efforts, and
  • build repertoires for the next steps on their own trajectory.

Program Timeline

Many students participate full-time and complete the Master of Arts in Educational Studies in 3 terms, over 1.5 years. To do so, students complete required coursework and an internship during their first academic year (fall and winter terms). Students typically further develop their professional skill set through summer a internship and employment opportunities (either at the University of Michigan or elsewhere), before completing a final term of courses and graduating in December.

Some full-time students may choose to complete the program at an accelerated pace of 12 months. This often involves completing more credits in the fall and winter terms, and shifting the final term of coursework to the spring term.

We also greatly value the contributions of part-time students who pursue the Master of Arts in Educational Studies while working full-time, often as K-12 educators.

Educational Studies courses take place in person, during the business day (9 am - 4 pm) and  and evening (5 - 8 pm). If you are considering applying as a part-time student, it will be important to know that you have flexibility with your work schedule to take courses during these times. Part-time students complete the program at their own pace.

Want to learn more about the program?
See our upcoming information sessions

Additional certificate and endorsement opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

Requirements

The curriculum below pertains to students entering the master’s program in Fall 2023. Please refer to the Intranet to review your degree requirements if you began prior to Fall 2023.

Minimum credits required
30

Elective credits

9

Students complete a minimum of nine credits of graduate coursework from available U-M offerings. All electives must be approved by a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to take at least one course outside of the Marsal School.

Internship credits

2

The internship offers students work, learning, and mentoring experiences related to a specific area of their professional/research interest. The internship is completed during the winter term and must be approved by a faculty advisor.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

There are no information sessions currently scheduled; please contact us at marsal.admissions@umich.edu to speak with a recruiter.

Associated Faculty

William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Marsal Family School of Education; Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Marsal Family School of Education
(734) 647-2447

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Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: marsal.admissions@umich.edu
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu

Recruitment

Interested in ES? Schedule an appointment with our recruitment team:

meet.marsal.umich.edu/goblue

Location and Office Hours

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218 - Educational Studies
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadlines

Fall (Aug)
January 4

Application Process

Step 1: Prepare your application materials

To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    • Part-Time Admission: Applicants seeking admission to a master’s program may attend on a part-time basis. Please indicate this by answering the “part-time” question on page 9 of the application. 
    • The Academic Statement of Purpose serves to demonstrate a fit between your background/interests and the Educational Studies master’s program’s philosophy, structure, and offerings. The statement should take the form of a concise and coherent essay, approximately 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced. 
    • Please be sure to address the following elements in your statement with regard to the specific thread of the Master’s in Educational Studies degree to which you are applying: 
      • A clear statement about the opportunities, issues, and/or problems of education that motivate you to pursue your chosen thread of the Master’s in Educational Studies. 
      • A concise summary of relevant academic or professional experience. Please explain the connection between your academic or professional experience and the opportunities, issues and/or problems of education introduced in #1. 
      • An overview of your short-term and long-term career goals. Please introduce how you will go about addressing the opportunities, issues, and problems of education introduced in #1. 
      • A clear statement explaining how you expect that program thread will allow you to better understand the opportunities, issues, and problems of education that motivate your graduate studies and on which you will focus your career. Please make specific reference to details such as course offerings, experiential learning opportunities, campus resources, and the expertise of specific faculty members.
  • Personal Statement 
    • 500 word limit
    • How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • We strongly encourage two of your letters come from individuals who are familiar with your academic performance. The third may be from a professional reference.
    • Register your recommenders' names and contact information on the online application so that they will be sent instructions for submitting their letters via the application system. Let your recommenders know that they need to upload a letter and that it is required by the program. 
    • As soon as you click "save" on the page of the application where your recommenders' contact information is entered, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the process. Proceed to this point in the application process as soon as possible to trigger that email.
  • Resume or CV
  • Test Scores (See test details in Step 5 below) 
    • English proficiency scores (for non-native speakers of English only)
    • GRE Test Scores are not required for admission
Step 2: Create an ApplyWeb account, managed by Rackham Graduate School

Create an account with Rackham Graduate School.

This program, like all of the Marsal Family School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.

Step 3: Complete pages 1-5 of application using ApplyWeb
  • After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
  • If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
  • Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
  • If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Step 4: Upload academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to the ApplyWeb application

Include at the top of each document:

  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae or Resume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)

Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Step 5: Submit test scores
  • TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
  • GRE Test Scores
    • GRE test scores are not required for admission, but scores (valid 5 years from test date) can be included with your application.
    • Provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code of 1839 and your scores will be sent directly to the university.
  • Test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to the Rackham Graduate School. We recommend starting this process early as it can take up to two weeks for the scores to be received. 
Step 6: Submit transcripts
  • Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account (part of the Rackham application system).
  • Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.
  • You are not required to send official transcripts at the time of application. If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcripts. Admitted applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcripts are required.
  • Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions. For all degrees obtained at non-U.S. institutions—Request that degree-granting institutions submit official transcripts/records to the Rackham Graduate School at the time of application.
  • Information for submitting official transcripts can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
Step 7: Check that letters of recommendation have been submitted
  • Check the status of your letters of recommendation, change a recommender, or resend the notification email to your recommender using the ApplyWeb Activity Page
  • Please reach out to marsal.admissions@umich.edu if there are any questions regarding the submission of the letters of recommendation.
Step 8: Create a U-M Friend Account

Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.

Step 9: Respond to admission offer

Quick Facts

Application fee waiver

Available

The $75 application fee is waived for all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

GRE general exam scores

Not required

Undergraduate GPA guideline

None

Applications are evaluated using a holistic process, which means that reviewers carefully consider all materials provided and no single factor is used in either accepting or denying an applicant for admission.

Financial aid

Available

Part-time status

Applications accepted

Online, evening, or weekend courses

Evening Courses

Entry term

Fall (August) only

Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: marsal.admissions@umich.edu
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu

Recruitment

Interested in ES? Schedule an appointment with our recruitment team:

meet.marsal.umich.edu/goblue

Location and Office Hours

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218 - Educational Studies
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

76%

of known graduates found full time employment in education or pursued an advanced degree

83%

of known graduates found employment within 6 months

$51K

average starting salary

75%

of known graduates are highly satisfied or satisfied with their current position
Professional trajectories of graduates include:
  • Non-profit organizational leadership in education and social service professions
  • Pre-K-12 school and district leadership
  • Research & development
  • College access program coordination
  • Preparation to become university faculty members/researchers
  • Policy analysis
  • Curriculum development

Internships

The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation concentration requires an internship to be completed during the winter term accompanied by a two-credit seminar. The internship offers students work, learning, and mentoring experiences related to a specific area of their professional/research interest.

Please see Internship Resources for ES Master's Students for more information.