The MA in Education prepares forward-thinking educators, administrators, and educational researchers to solve unprecedented challenges across a range of educational institutions and organizations, from elementary schools to colleges, public policy agencies, and more.

Ideal for working professionals, this flexible program teaches you to apply theory and research to important challenges in the field of education. Choose from three concentrations as you design an individualized course of study that reflects your passions and pursue academic interests across disciplines within a diverse, close-knit environment ideal for exchanging ideas and cultural perspectives. The School of Educational Studies offers personal attention from engaged, exceptional faculty in small seminar-style courses. We prepare exceptional administrators, scholars, and teachers who achieve significant change in education and pursue successful careers in schools, universities, nonprofits, and research settings.

Program Highlights
  • Flexible programming for working and commuting professionals, including night and weekend classes.
  • You can pursue your degree in conjunction with another degree program at CGU. You receive a diploma for each degree, “double count” some units from one program to the other, and decrease your required total units.

Program At a Glance

32 units

2–2.5 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

MA in Education

Featured Courses

EDUC 407
Education Policy

Prepares students with an understanding of the systems, structures, and forces that shape K-12 educational policy.

EDUC 424
Gender & Education

Examines the historical and current debate surrounding the historical impact of gender on education—in particular the role of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

EDUC 425
Race & Racism in Education

Broadens student understanding of the foundations of racial inequities in education and how racism has shaped students’ educational experiences and outcomes.

EDUC 426
Social Capital, Cultural Capital & Educational Opportunity

Focuses on the impact of cultural and social capital on educational trajectories, the procedural knowledge families have at their disposal, and the connections that they develop with key institutional agents.

EDUC 438
From Behaviorism to Postmodernism: Learning & Pedagogical Theories

Examines how philosophical, psychological, and sociopolitical assumptions have yielded a number of distinct pedagogies and learning theories in the 20th century that shape classrooms in schools and universities.

EDUC 461
The College Student Experience

Explores literature, theory, and research on the increasing diversity of college students, identity issues in college, factors that influence success, and implications for practice in college and universities.

Areas of Concentration


Faculty & Research

  • Jacob Adams profile image

    Jacob Adams

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Education policy; finance; governance

  • Deborah Faye Carter profile image

    Deborah Faye Carter

    Associate Professor of Higher Education

    Research Interests

    Higher education; transition to college; college student outcomes; access to college; race in education; mentoring, equity, and diverse learning environments in STEM

  • Carl Cohn profile image

    Carl Cohn

    Clinical Professor of Education
    Professor Emeritus

    Research Interests

    Education, Urban education, Education policy

  • David Drew profile image

    David Drew

    Professor of Education
    Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology

    Research Interests

    STEM education, data science, model building, technology development and management

  • Tom Luschei profile image

    Tom Luschei

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    International and Comparative Education; Economics of Education; Teacher Quality, Teacher Policy, and Teacher Distribution; Education Policy across the Americas; Bilingual Education Policy and Practice

  • Dina C. Maramba profile image

    Dina C. Maramba

    Associate Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Equity and diversity issues in higher education; theory and practice in student affairs; college student development; access and retention; first-generation college students; Asian American and Pacific Islander populations; minority serving institutions

  • Linda Perkins profile image

    Linda Perkins

    Associate University Professor
    Director, Applied Gender Studies

    Research Interests

    Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

  • Mary Simpson Poplin profile image

    Mary Simpson Poplin

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Highly effective teachers in Los Angeles area; effective teaching methods; students, schools and poverty; differences between Judeo Christian and secular thought; Mother Teresa (worked with her in 1996)

  • Deborah Deutsch Smith profile image

    Deborah Deutsch Smith

    Professor Emerita of Education
    Director of IRIS

    Research Interests

    Special education, Special education faculty, Disability policy, Learning disabilities, Cross-cultural and inclusive education

  • Susan J. Paik profile image

    Susan J. Paik

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Educational productivity; talent and leader development; giftedness and creativity; learning and achievement; psychosocial and environmental factors; urban and international studies; underserved students; Asian Americans and education; family-school-community partnerships; research methods, design, and evaluation

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