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Education, Culture, and Society (MA/MEd)

Education, Culture, and Society (MA/MEd)
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Earn your Education, Culture, and Society master’s degree

Deepen and broaden your understanding of larger social, political and cultural forces by earning a master’s degree in Education, Culture, and Society. Whether you choose to pursue your degree in person or fully online, you’ll participate in a flexible and challenging interdisciplinary program taught by faculty in the fields of educational policy and foundations of education. Coursework is designed to help you become an educational leader focused on diversity and social justice issues in schools and in the broader society.

The Education, Culture, and Society master’s program is designed for teachers, administrators, and individuals with bachelor’s degrees who have broad interests in educational issues but who may not be professional educators.

Students who pursue this master’s degree come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Upon completion of the program, they go on to do educational work in contexts such as media outlets, not-for-profit and community-based organizations, museums, K-12 schools and higher education. The program also prepares students for doctoral work in educational policy studies or related fields.

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Online Degree Option

The online Education, Culture, and Society (MA/MEd) from DePaul’s College of Education offers small class sizes and is taught by the same award-winning faculty you'll find on campus. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, you'll achieve the same learning outcomes as in-person classes through collaborative and engaged learning.

Deepen your knowledge of social and political issues in education

View education through the lens of social justice and pursue your passion through work in community-based organizations, museums and cultural centers, schools and other institutions of higher education in Chicago and beyond.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. You are encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

  • Fall: August 1
  • Winter: November 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé, writing sample and personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll take seven core courses and five electives and complete a thesis for your MA.

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5 electives

You’ll take a broad array of electives to customize the program to meet your professional goals.


of College of Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Study with social justice leaders

Learn with Vincent de Paul Associate Professor Stephen Haymes about the relationship of education and ecology to the global politics of difference. Internationally, Professor Haymes works with displaced rural communities; he is an expert in critical educational theory and philosophy of education and will help you broadly explore education as a social practice and the ethical dimensions of global justice, peace and social change.

“I used my knowledge gained in the Education, Culture, and Society program, coupled with my experience as an educator, to complete my master’s thesis on how teacher education programs can prepare a more diverse and culturally sustaining teacher workforce. I appreciate that the program has enabled me to create a career path which allows me to create a broader impact in education, develop a deeper understanding of education and the social forces which shape the field, and move into the higher education sector where I can work with pre-service teachers and teacher educators.”

Emily (MA ’20)

Alumni Network

Graduates work in varied settings, including diversity directors for schools and universities, educational outreach and curriculum development coordinators in museums and other cultural centers, and in student support services. Your degree opens doors in the Chicago area and beyond by having access to a strong alumni community of over 195,500 Blue Demons.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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