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Washington State University
College of Education

Graduate Degrees

We lead the way in graduate degrees

Would it be easier to have just a few degrees and focus on those? Sure. But we’re not into merely doing what is easy. We’re into doing what is in your best interest. That means providing a variety of high-quality graduate-level degrees for you to choose from.

Cultural Studies & Social Thought in Education

Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education degree is rigorous, flexible and individually tailored. It focuses on the problems of culture and power in education, both contemporary and historical.

Curriculum & Instruction

The M.A. and Ed.M. degree programs are designed for students with bachelor degrees who have an interest in deepening their knowledge in a specific content area (in or outside the College of Education), as well as educational research in curriculum and instruction.

Educational Leadership

Graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels and administrator certification programs for the superintendent, residency principal, and residency program administrator certificates. The masters (M.A. and Ed.M.) and doctoral (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) degree programs offer specializations in K-12 educational leadership.

Educational Psychology

The college’s program in educational psychology includes two graduate degree programs: M.A. in Educational Psychology (thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. in Education Psychology. Educational psychology is the study of how humans learn and retain knowledge, primarily in educational settings like classrooms. This includes emotional, social, and cognitive learning processes. Areas of focus might include teaching, testing and assessment methods, psychometrics, classroom or learning environments, and learning, social, and behavioral problems that may impede learning, technology in learning.


Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The Kinesiology graduate program was designed to provide advanced education in human movement and to provide foundational research skills that can be applied to its understanding. This includes two degree programs: M.S. in Kinesiology (thesis and non-thesis).

Language, Literacy and Technology

Two master’s degrees (M.A. and Ed.M.) combines two areas of focus, English Language Learners (ELL) and Literacy Education, and integrates education technology. The Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Technology integrates the three focus areas and offers additional coursework in reading and writing, English language learning, and children’s literature.

Mathematics and Science Education

The Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education is designed to develop scholars capable of making important contributions to the research base, professional context, and learning environments related to mathematics and science education.

Special Education

The College of Education offers two master’s degrees (M.A. and Ed.M.) and a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Special Education. The program emphasizes the generation, application, and translation of research that will enhance the field and improve those with disabilities.

Sport Management

WSU offers a comprehensive masters (M.A.) degrees (thesis and non-thesis) preparation in sport management, which prepares students for a variety of careers in the sport industry, including positions with professional sport organizations and events, university athletic departments, community and recreational sport agencies, amateur sports organizations, sport management firms, and sport media enterprises.

Master in Teaching (MIT)

WSU’s Master in Teaching degree is a high quality, intensive, practitioner-oriented, teacher preparation program designed for those with non-education bachelor degrees. It is designed to prepare students to become effective elementary or secondary education teachers.