MASTER'S

Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation

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No GRE scores required to apply.

The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation (EEJST) program in the Master of Arts in Educational Studies is designed to provide students with a foundation in the social, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations of schooling.

Students in this program will critically examine policy centered on injustice, whiteness, and oppression in educational systems to unpack how these systems have fostered social inequity. This program draws from many disciplinary perspectives for the study of educational contexts, policies and practices to develop possible ways that systematic and structural racism and inequity might be uprooted, disrupted, and challenged—to transform social inequities as they exist in the status quo. The program is largely focused on the U.S. Education System, but also offers courses with a global focus.

The master's level Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation program is a 30-credit program that supports student development in three primary areas:
  • The critical examination of policy centered on injustice and oppression in educational systems; this will include consideration of the consequences of a curriculum that has been designed for White students with the intentional exclusion of the histories of marginalized communities within the US;
  • unpacking how these educational systems have fostered social inequity;
  • the study of educational contexts, policies and practices to develop possible ways to uproot and disrupt systematic and structural racism and inequity as they exist in the status quo.

Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required
30

Core credits

10

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 570 – Professional Development Seminar in Education
  • EDUC 649 – Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform
  • EDUC 695 – Research and Educational Practice

Students complete one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 630 – Pursuing Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity
  • EDUC 645 – Education and Cultural Studies

Internship credits

2

Students must complete a two-credit internship seminar, along with a 100-hour internship.

  • EDUC 570 – Professional Development Seminar in Education

Concentration credits

9

Students choose from the following courses:

  • EDUC 450/INTLSTD 401 – Education, Peace, and Conflict
  • EDUC 524 – Inquiry on Educational Issues
  • EDUC 547 – Workforce Education
  • EDUC 560 – Everyday Equitable Practice
  • EDUC 603 – Design-Based Research for Assessing Learning Environments
  • EDUC 623 – Exploring Whiteness
  • EDUC 643 – Sociology of Education
  • EDUC 646 – Educational Policy Analysis
  • EDUC 715 – Promoting Equity in Social and Emotional Learning
  • EDUC 737.001 – Systemically Trauma-Informed Practice
  • EDUC 737.003 – Why We Need More Teachers of Color
  • EDUC 760 – Access and Equity
  • EDUC 873 – Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

Elective credits

9

Students select 9 credits of additional coursework from available U-M offerings, both in and outside of the SOE.

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

Location

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

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

No GRE scores required to apply.

Application Deadlines

Priority
December 1
International and domestic students
Final
April 1
International students
May 1
Domestic students

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
  • GRE Test Scores (valid 5 years from test date)
    • Provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code of 1839 and your scores will be sent directly to the university.
    • If you are applying as a dual degree candidate to our MA/MBA program we will accept GMAT scores in place of GRE scores.
  • TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
Step 2: Create an ApplyWeb account, managed by Rackham Graduate School

Create an account with Rackham Graduate School.

This program, like all of the 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

The GRE is not required to apply.

TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)

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
  • 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.
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

GRE general exam required

No

Average GRE scores of applicants

N/A

There is no minimum GRE score; see below for additional information on holistic review.

Undergraduate GPA guideline

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

Yes

Applications for part-time students

Yes

Online, evening, or weekend courses

No

Starting term

Fall

Fall term only

Connect with ES

Contact

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

Location

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

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

Graduates typically go into these industries

Graduates of Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation program will qualify for: policy-related work in organizations such as Education Trust; positions in community-based organizations that provide direct support for students in under-resourced communities, or that advocate for these students; non-instructional roles in support of students who are minorities, and in under-resourced communities, providing, for example, college advising; future doctoral studies.

 

Graduates often work as
  • College advisors
  • Site coordinators / Program managers
  • Policy analysts
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educators or consultants

Internships

The Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation program requires an internship of at least a 100 hours be completed during the winter semester accompanied by a two-credit seminar. There are vast opportunities available to students that connect them to organizations on campus, as well as local non-profits, and both formal and informal educational settings. The Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) and the Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, & Transformative Education (CREATE) Center have resources to help connect students to appropriate internships.

Examples of recent placements