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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Educational Studies

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Diane E. Beals

Associate Professors
Diane E. Beals
Josh Corngold
Avi I. Mintz
Tao Wang

Graduate Program Advisor
Avi I. Mintz

For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of Educational Studies, visit the Department of Educational Studies webpage.

The MA program in Educational Studies is designed to enable students to engage thoughtfully and critically with questions of perennial importance in education, broadly conceived. The faculty makes every effort to help students integrate research and theory with educational policy and practice. In so doing, students master central concepts in the field of education as well as develop the ability to analyze empirically, think critically, and speak and write professionally in the appropriate genre for their educational field.

The graduate program in Educational Studies is flexible by design in order to encourage students’ personal growth and specialization within the discipline. To achieve this level of flexibility, each student works closely with the Graduate Program Advisor as well as specific faculty whose research aligns with the students’ particular interests and professional goals. Specific fields of study that carry the advantage of faculty depth and the potential for original research are: language acquisition, human development, math education, early literacy development, the history of educational thought, the philosophy of education, the sociocultural foundations of education, and educational policy.

Learning Objectives/Program Goals

Master of Arts. The MA program in Education will enable students to engage thoughtfully and critically with questions of perennial importance in education, broadly conceived. The student who completes the MA program will be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret, and critique a range of classic and contemporary scholarship in the field of educational studies and demonstrate a developed understanding of qualitative, quantitative, humanistic, and mixed research methodologies.
  • Identify a scholarly topic of significance to the field demonstrate command of the relevant scholarship, and formulate a well-considered, research-based position on the topic.

Student Profile

The MA program attracts intellectually curious and highly motivated individuals who have various professional aspirations including:

  • Students considering doctoral study or a future as an educational researcher, scholar, or policymaker.
  • Current teachers and administrators seeking to enhance their knowledge of educational theory and research.


Admission to the graduate program in Educational Studies is selective. Minimum requirements for admission include: (i) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, (ii) an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale), (iii) at least three letters of recommendation from college instructors or others who can attest to the applicant’s intellectual promise, motivation, and maturity, (iv.) a carefully composed statement of purpose, and (v) satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. The statement of purpose should be at least 1000 words in length and should articulate how the applicant’s scholarly interests and/or professional goals fit with the goals and objectives of the graduate program.  Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for provisional or probationary admission at the discretion of the Graduate Program Advisor or the faculty of the Department of Educational Studies.

Students seeking admission to the graduate program should contact the Graduate Program Advisor in the Department of Educational Studies with further questions about the program and admission procedures. For full consideration, applicants are asked to turn in a completed application prior to March 1 for the following Fall semester and prior to October 15 for the following Spring semester, but applications may be reviewed after those dates as well.  The deadline for scholarships and assistantships is earlier, typically between January 15 and February 1 (see the Graduate School’s website for details).  Application packets should be submitted directly to the Graduate School at The University of Tulsa.





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