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
$560 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 or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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Ed.M. in Adult and Higher Education


When can you start?

Applications open in September, with a June priority deadline. Applications are reviewed through Aug. 15 on a space-available basis.

How to apply

Contact Lindsay Andrews the adult and higher education program lead, to discuss whether the program is a good fit for your educational and professional goals.

Complete the online application for Graduate Admission.  The application fee is $75 (nonrefundable).

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 

Adult and higher education documents

Upload the following documents onto your OSU Graduate Admissions website. 

  1. Resume/Vita: A current resume/vita that includes employment history and professional experience.
  2. Writing sample: A 3-5 page personal/professional narrative that summarizes significant learning experiences that have contributed to your professional development and describes how you expect graduate study to further your personal and professional goals. See questions below. 
  3. Letters of recommendation: You will enter the names and email addresses of two individuals who will provide letters of reference on your behalf within your Graduate Admissions application.

Ed.M. writing sample questions

As part of our admissions process, our faculty want to learn more about your motivations for pursuing a master's degree in adult and higher education, your career goals, the strengths you would bring to the program and your understanding of equity.

  • Motivation for Ed.M. degree: Why do you want to pursue a master's degree in adult and higher education at Oregon State University? How will this degree support your career goals?
  • Strengths/assets to support your master's journey: What are the greatest strengths/assets you possess that will support you as you work on your master's degree? Please draw on your lived experiences and consider the ways that personal, professional, familial and community support would allow you to be successful in our program. How has your lived experience allowed you to develop assets that will support your success in our program?
  • Equity: Our program has a focus on equity across all of our courses. Based on either your current or future workplace, how do you define equity within training and learning? What is one equity issue you. would like to be better prepared to address in your career as a result of completing this program?

Your references will be contacted by the Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters.

This is not a teacher licensure program

For additional information, visit our license disclosure webpage for associated programs and U.S. state or territory licensing agency contact information.


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