University of Rochester

Warner School Offers New Educational Policy Master's Program

March 19, 2009

The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is offering a new Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Educational Policy for individuals who want to have a meaningful impact on schools, school systems, and the lives of children.

The new interdisciplinary master's program will prepare individuals for careers as policy analysts, educational researchers, educational policymakers, and more. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study and will enroll its first cohort starting in July.

"Education policy is central to improving our nation's schools," says Kara Finnigan, who directs the educational policy program at Warner. "This new program will provide our graduate students with the tools to become active and effective leaders in shaping policy that supports an education system that allows all children to thrive in the 21st century."

Graduates of the master's program will acquire an acute understanding of our education system and education reform nationwide. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for students to think critically and systematically about contemporary educational issues and equips them with the knowledge and tools to design, implement, and analyze local, state, or federal policies.

"We're looking for people who are committed to social justice and who desire to effect a more equitable education system," adds Finnigan. "That includes working within the existing school system or endeavoring to improve it."

The Warner School is the first in the Rochester area to offer a master's degree program in educational policy. A cohort of 12 students will be admitted to the master's program each year. Students will be able to tap into the resources of the Warner School and the University at large in developing their own areas of interest and expertise and will have access to a diverse faculty, who are involved in the analysis and evaluation of educational policies and programs at the national, state, and local levels.

For more information, contact the Warner School Admissions Office at (585) 275-3950 or, or visit the Warner School Web site at

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.