Ed.M. in Education, Culture, and Society

    Program Overview

    Drawing on approaches from the social sciences and humanities, the Ed.M. in Education, Culture, and Society challenges students to think critically about the role and purpose of education in various social contexts. Education is viewed as a process shaped by dynamic historical, sociocultural, political, and economic structures. Program courses cover areas including: Race and Ethnic Studies; Global and International; and Gender and Sexuality. Additional courses across the university are available to supplement the offerings in these areas of study. 

    This program does not include coursework resulting in a NJ school personnel license.

    Program Goals as of 2022-2023
    (Last updated: 5/22/2023)

    • Students will develop critical understandings of the role of education in the reproduction, disruption, and transformation of social inequality such as along lines of race, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and religious background.
    • Students will become familiar with theoretical frameworks that can be used as analytical tools to develop critical understandings of the relationship between education and society both in the United States and globally.
    • Students will develop perspectives critical to understanding education as a social process situated in political, historical, social, economic, and cultural contexts.
    • Students will develop knowledge of the ways in which education policies are implemented around the world, the global nature of education policy, and the diversity of policy implementation at the local level.

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1 / Nov 1 (late applications will be considered for each semester)

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring

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  • What You’ll Learn

    Under the guidance of expert faculty, students develop critical perspectives and analytic skills to understand how education often reproduces, yet has the potential to transform, inequities at the intersections of race, gender, class, ability, and nation. Theory- and research-informed coursework will leave graduates with a comprehensive understanding of issues of social justice and equity as they manifest in educational settings.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.


  • Program Requirements

    This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:

    • 30 Graduate Course Credits
      • 9 Credits – Foundational Courses
      • 9 Credits – Specialization Courses
      • 12 Credits – Elective Courses

    Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Graduates of this program can go on to pursue a broad range of careers in schools, higher education, museums and educational non-profits/NGOs, community advocacy and policy, and research in local, national and international contexts.  In alignment with the GSE’s mission, these are commonly positions that help address educational inequities. This program also prepares students to continue on to doctoral studies.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Official Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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