Credits required
45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 45 quarter credits are equal to 30 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$528 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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Master of Education: Adult and Higher Education


Without a doubt, we are in a knowledge economy. As such, the ability to support organizational learning is critical to the success of any company, agency or college. As an educational leader, you can support and lead meaningful learning across contexts. The Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program will enhance your ability to deliver effective educational programs.

This two-year master’s degree program is designed to provide applied skills and knowledge for designing, implementing and assessing educational programs in a variety of formats (in-person, online, hybrid).

What makes our program unique

The program serves working professionals by offering a flexible, cohort-based program that is fully online. We pair theory courses with practical application to support your learning. We are the only adult education program in the country that specializes in e-learning.

Rooted in equity

This program focuses on developing equitable learning environments. Rather than having a single course focused on social issues, equity is embedded throughout all of the course work offered in this program.

100% online - for working professionals

You can complete this program fully online in two years. It’s designed to directly apply your learning to your organization’s unique learning environment. Our graduates work in a variety of educational settings, including colleges and universities, nonprofit agencies, and for-profit companies.

Collaborative learning cohort

A new cohort starts each fall term. As an active member of an online learning community, you will explore real-world challenges, apply insights that connect research to practice, as well as build your professional network.

Flexible internships

Internships in this program allow you to pursue your interests. Our faculty will work with you to design an internship that allows you to focus on your passion and professional goals. It is also possible to complete an internship in your current role.

Experienced faculty

Our faculty are experienced scholars and practitioners. They have worked in colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and for-profit organizations.

This is not a teacher licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.


Erich N. Pitcher, Ph.D.
Program lead
OSU College of Education


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