Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice (EFPP) graduate programs focus on policy analysis and the application of academic disciplines—anthropology, history, law, philosophy and sociology—to the analysis of education. Programs are devoted to the critical examination of the relations among education, society, culture and government, with special emphasis on issues of equity along lines of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual diversity, (dis)ability, and intersections of these.

The master's program prepares students for a variety of pathways, including policy analyst careers for state and local organizations, and further study at the PhD level. The PhD program prepares students for university faculty positions and other careers requiring deep knowledge of research.