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Cultural Foundations of Education, M.S.

The M.S. program in Cultural Foundations of Education prepares its students to question, analyze, and deepen insights into the foundations of education’s relationship with culture and society.

Students in this program in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education examine and gain expertise in a range of areas of scholarship that inform the study of education, such as race and ethnic studies, disability studies, international education, media and popular culture, histories and philosophies of schooling, intergroup dialogue, globalization and transnationality, gender studies, migration, technology and access. Each program is designed individually in collaboration with their advisor, based on personal and research interests.

The School of Education and the College of Law also offer a joint J.D./M.S. program that allows students to complete both programs in three years, as well as an optional C.A.S. in Disability Studies. This joint degree adds an additional emphasis on Disability law and policy.

Why Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse?

  • Designed for the student seeking a broad education with disciplinary competence, rather than a narrowly specialized program of study.
  • Students join a community of scholars dedicated to educational justice, collaborating on research and creative projects, and sharing feedback around student work.
  • An emphasis on exploring diverse research approaches, such as combining philosophical analysis with empirical work or historical research with policy analysis.
  • The CFE Colloqium Series regularly engages faculty, students, and alumni to share and discuss their research and work.
  • Faculty expertise draws from disciplinary fields including philosophy, anthropology, history, and sociology. Our outstanding graduate students have many opportunities to collaborate  with faculty in research, publishing, conferences, and other professional activities.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

Graduates work in a wide range of educational, research, and advocacy roles including:

  • Governmental and NGO work
  • Educational Policymaking
  • Qualitative Research-Based Consultancy work
  • Educator and Leadership positions in K-12 schooling
  • Program administration in higher education
  • Further studies in the Ph.D. Cultural Foundations of Education program (M.S. coursework can transfer) or another area of interest

Program Contacts

Maryann Barker, Office Coordinator
mabarker@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Maryann Barker
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505