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 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
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


Oregon State's Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education program addresses current adult education issues and provides solutions you can immediately apply in the workplace. The program curriculum is guided by the Academy of Human Resource Development standards, with core courses in educational technology and online learning.

Pathway to a master's: Instructional design graduate certificate

Oregon State offers a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design online, and credits in the certificate can directly transfer toward this online master’s degree in adult and higher education. Successful completion of the certificate or its courses does not guarantee admission to the Ed.M. program.

Degree requirements

A total of 45 credits are required to graduate with your Ed.M. in adult and higher education. Degree requirements and curriculum details are available on OSU's academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Instructional technology
  • Instructional design
  • Program evaluation
  • Needs assessment and research
  • Organizations and systems theory
  • Instructional strategies for adult learners
  • Ethical and professional issues
  • Adult learning and development
  • Leadership development and human relations

Additional program features


You will complete an internship to gain practical experience that’s aligned with your personal interests and goals. You may be able to design an internship within your own workplace, provided it is different from your current job description. Learn more about the internship requirement on the College of Education website.

A limited number of students will have the opportunity to take part in a learning experience working with an OSU Ecampus instructional designer. Ecampus has won numerous national awards for its expertise in instructional design and faculty development.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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