PhD Field in Education Policy

Field Advisors: Professor Yas Nakib ([email protected]); Professor Dylan Conger ([email protected]); Professor Stephanie Cellini (

Education and training policies play an important role in the economic and social wellbeing of local communities, states and nations. From preschool to graduate school, improving the quality of education is a priority for policymakers worldwide. The education policy track draws on multidisciplinary tools from economics, education, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology to train researchers and practitioners to: identify education policy problems and opportunities, develop policy alternatives, analyze their costs and benefits, influence policy decisions, plan and guide the implementation of new policies and evaluate the impacts of education programs and policies. 

Students in the Education Policy field must complete two required core courses, plus four additional courses in methods and topics chosen in consultation with their advisor.

General Examination Core

EDUC 8321  Economics of Education
EDUC 8322  Education Policy Implementation

Topics Courses

EDUC 8320  Politics of Education
EDUC 8323  Policies of Education Equity
EDUC 8325  Policy Design: Education Accountability
EDUC 8340   Methods of Policy Analysis in Education
ECON 8341/2 Labor Economics
ECON 8351/2 Development Economics
ECON 8358 Urban Economics
ECON 8363/4 Public Finance
PPPA 6040  Poverty and Social Policy
PPPA 6048  Financing State and Local Government
PPPA 6049  Urban Public Policy
PPPA 6054  Budget & Tax Policy
 PSC 8286  U.S. Social Policy

Methods Courses

ECON 6300 Mathematical Methods for Economists
ECON 8375 Econometrics
ECON 8379 Applied Econometrics Lab (micro version) conomics
 PSC 8122  Longitudinal Analysis
 PSC 8124  Multilevel Modeling
 PSC 8130  Survey and Experiments
 PSC 8130/1  Game Theory

* This course is a prerequisite to EDUC 8320, 8321, 8322, 8323, 8340, and 8345