Why earn a master's degree in educational studies at UND?

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Feb. 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 1 | Dec. 1

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The M.S. in Educational Studies offers an advanced social sciences and humanities education paired with robust training in research.

In this program you will:

  • Study historical, psychological, sociological and anthropological perspectives underpinning education
  • Acquire research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Actively participate in a community of scholarship
  • Study current issues and trends in education practice and assessment
  • Focus on social justice to develop a critical voice on impactful education topics
  • Prepare yourself for advanced doctoral programs in education

The program culminates with a scholarly project, independent study or thesis.

Educational Studies at UND

  • Enjoy flexibility in choosing research topics, customize your program of study and take elective courses from across the university.

  • Develop your enthusiasm for inquiry and join a community of scholars that positions you as a top applicant for doctoral programs in education.

  • Set a path for lifelong learning essential for intellectual curiosity, personal fulfillment and social responsibility through an advanced education in the social sciences and humanities.

  • Earn a graduate certificate in Learning Analytics, a signal to employers that you have particularly in-demand skills.

  • Attend class on a schedule that accommodates working professionals, including evening classes and online offerings.

Careers in Educational Studies


Median annual salary for instructional consultants 

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Median annual salary for survey researchers

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The demand for education professionals with advanced degrees is growing nationwide across a variety of industries. An M.S. in Educational Studies prepares you for rewarding careers in settings such as:

  • Research analysis
  • Higher education
  • Administrative positions in higher education or P-12 schools
  • Education consulting
  • Federal and state agencies
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Non-formal education organizations, such as museums and community programs
  • Curricular and program evaluation

When You Earn a Degree in Educational Studies

An Educational Studies degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Event Planning
  • Qualitative Research
  • Strategic Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Software Development Life Cycle

UND Educational Studies Alumni

Educational Studies alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Blake High School
  • African Arts Arena
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • E W, Inc.

Educational Studies Courses You Could Take

Ready to Lead

At UND, students are prepared to guide and motivate the next generation of leaders.