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Dual Master's Degree Programs in Education

Apr 08, 2019

Dual master's programs in education are fairly common and prepare students for different professional careers within the field. Compare and contrast a few options and learn about common coursework and admission requirements.

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The field of education provides students with numerous dual degree program options at the master's level that combine various areas of education or subjects in other fields applicable to education, like business. Here we examine a few of the dual master's degree program options in education and some of their common requirements.

Dual Master's Programs in Education

Master of Arts in Education/Master of Business Administration

One type of dual master's degree in education is a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education or Educational Studies and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to prepare students for careers dealing with educational policy, practice, and management. Some of these programs require over 60 credit hours and can be completed in 2.5 to 3 years. Students can pursue internship opportunities for hands-on learning and may even have the option to pursue additional state-level certifications, such as a Building-Level Administrator certificate. Coursework for these programs may include topics in educational practice/research, educational reform, instructional leadership, financial policies, and school organization.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Master of Educational Leadership

Another dual degree option is a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership that may require around 60 credits. Students in these programs usually do not need to complete a thesis, but may be required to complete a capstone experience or defense of degree process that may include an E-portfolio. These programs may also require internship experiences, such as an internship in educational administration or curriculum and instruction. Course topics for this dual degree may include curriculum design, school law, school public relations, school organization, and research in education.

Master of Arts in Education/Master of Public Policy

There are also M.A. in Education and Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) dual degree programs available that prepare students to work with broad policy issues involved in education. Some of these degree programs may have a specific level of focus, such as higher education, and may be completed in 2 years. These programs may require at least 65 credit hours and may include multiple internship or practicum experiences for hands-on learning and/or require a final project. Students take courses in public policy, educational policy, education practices, organizations, and more.

Common Entrance Requirements

Most dual master's degree programs in the field of education require students to meet the admissions requirements of each degree program and apply to each program and/or indicate interest in the dual program on their application. Specific admission requirements vary for each dual degree program and institution, but some programs may require students to meet a minimum GPA and/or minimum GRE test scores. Depending on the program(s) students may need to have prior coursework in specific subjects, such as calculus and microeconomics for some M.A./M.P.P. dual degree programs. Applications for some programs may require students to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and/or a resume or CV.

Education students have several dual master's degree options, including an M.A./MBA, M.Ed./M.Ed., and M.A./M.P.P. These dual programs can usually be completed in 2 to 3 years and include hands-on learning experiences through practicums and/or internships.

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