The College of Education offers online graduate work leading to Master of Education (Ed.M.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees with a major in Adult and Higher Education.

Master of Education (Ed.M.)

The Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education is offered fully online in partnership with College of Education and Ecampus. Applications open in September for fall start the next year.

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program prepares professionals in education, curriculum development, and training to be able to work with adult learners in the following areas:

  • Human resources within for-profit corporations and not-for-profit agencies
  • Organizations involved in systems development
  • Developmental education programs in community colleges
  • In a variety of additional higher education settings.

This program is guided by the Academy of Human Resource Development Standards, a professional organization recognized internationally.

The Ed.M. degree in Adult and Higher Education is an fully online cohort model designed to be completed in less than two years.

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Note: International students are not eligible to apply. Due to the hybrid nature of this program (in person and online), international students are unable to obtain an appropriate educational visa. For more information contact International Admissions.

The Ph.D. and Ed.D. degrees in Adult and Higher Education are offered in a hybrid format with students meeting twice a quarter at the OSU Portland Center. Applications open in September for fall start the next year.

The Adult and Higher Education major offers two options:

  • Community College Leadership (CCL)
  • Leadership in Higher Education (LHE)

Candidates will pursue their chosen option either in an Ed.D. or Ph.D. designation depending upon the purpose and approach of their research study and the intended role to be sought after successful completion of the degree. Both options require completion of courses in foundational and research cores, internship hours, and thesis courses. Students take a minimum of 12 credits of specialty content courses in either option.

Both options are part-time, cohort-based that meet face-to-face and online, and designed to be completed within a four-year (Ed.D.) or five-year (Ph.D.) period.

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Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Fall Term
Required Tests

none

English Language Requirements ?
  • TOEFL iBT: 0
  • TOEFL Paper: 575
  • IELTS: 0

Additional Requirements
  • International students are not eligible to apply to the doctoral program. International students are able to apply to the fully online master's, but cannot earn a visa to study in the United States.


Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

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Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for Masters applicants
June 15

priority deadline

Admissions Deadline for Masters applicants
August 15

final deadline

Admissions Deadline for Doctoral applicants
February 15

Options ?

  • Community College Leadership
  • Leadership in Higher Education

Concentrations ?

This program has concentrations or tracks not represented here. Please visit the  Adult and Higher Education Website program website to learn more.

MAIS Participation

This program may serve as a primary, secondary, or third field of study in a MAIS degree.


AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)