graduate programSocial Foundations of Education M.S.


This interdisciplinary master’s program examines the historical and contemporary factors that shape educational inequity and injustice in our society. Course topics engage students in discourse about the influence race, class, disability, and gender have on education and school systems. Students are prepared to:

  • Develop critical perspectives on education, both inside and outside of school.
  • Evaluate the complex interrelationships between school, society, education and culture.
  • Incorporate a number of disciplines, including: history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science and cultural studies.
  • Customize their program to meet their personal interests, which allows you to take courses in the university’s other Colleges (i.e., Arts and Sciences, Public Policy, Public Health, etc.)

*M.S. degree allows graduates to transition to a doctoral program.

  • A committee of three faculty members guides each student’s study for the M.S. degree.
  • One member of the Social Foundations faculty should be selected as the chair of the committee.
  • Students and the chair select two other members for the committee, at least one of who must be a member of the Social Foundations faculty.
  • Responsible for planning the program of study and for directing master’s thesis research or master’s projects.

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university
  • Strong background in a social science or liberal arts discipline
  • Interest in advancing critical educational polices skills from a social foundations perspective
  • Can attend evening classes (Fall and Spring) and day/evening classes (Summer) as a full-time or part-time student

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 4 semesters or 1.5 years

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Georgia Legal Services
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Fulton County School District
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • University of Georgia

  • Academic Researcher
  • College/University Administrative Director
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Program Evaluator
  • Research Methodologist

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