The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Social Justice Education is an option for students who would like to pursue an advanced degree beyond a master's without the dissertation component of the doctorate. The Ed.S. degree is an advanced terminal degree in the United States that is designed for individuals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and theory beyond the master's degree level but may not wish to pursue a degree at the doctoral level.

The EdS provides an intensive, cohesive program of professional development for educational specialists beyond the master's level. The EdS in Social Justice Education at UMass Amherst is a 31-credit-hour program of study (at minimum) beyond the master's degree. All 31 credits must be taken at the university within a 4-year period, and a minimum of 18 credits used toward fulfillment of this requirement must be at or above the 600 level.