Master of Education (M.Ed.) Professional Studies in Adult Education
The master of education (M.Ed.)/professional studies program in adult education prepares individuals to design, implement, and evaluate educational activities for adults.
This graduate-level, practitioner-based program is offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development CEHD).
The program of 34 semester credits includes coursework in adult and continuing education, including a field experience, and in related fields appropriate to the student’s interests. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students may include coursework, independent study, and field experiences in their program plans. Up to six credits in field-based projects, problems courses, independent study, and internships may be applied to the program.
Courses at the University of Minnesota are offered at a variety of times, including late afternoons and evenings. Students can also enroll in courses offered during the summer and at off-campus sites
Admission requirements to this program include the following criteria:
A bachelor’s degree with a 2.80 minimum grade point average (GPA) from an accredited college or university (GRE or MAT and graduate courses are optional evidence of academic potential).
All applicants must upload or submit the following items with their online applications:
- Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts. There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.
- Personal Statement describing your career goals and rationale for interest in the M.Ed. program (limit two pages)
- Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can attest to your ability/potential in the field
- Application fee: $75 for U.S. students/$95 for international students. You will be charged when your online application is submitted. Fees must be paid with a credit card and are nonrefundable.
- Your application will not be reviewed until all of the required materials are submitted successfully. GRE scores are NOT required for M.Ed. applications.
- If program advisers/faculty deem more detailed information is needed at the course-level for vaguely titled courses (e.g., "College Math," "Advanced Chemistry"), they may request that students provide a course-by-course evaluations done by accredited professional evaluation agencies from the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Nonnative English Speakers and/or International Students
- Submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Register for the test and submit scores at http://www.ets.org/toefl/.
- Exceptions may be granted for applicants who will have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States before entering the University of Minnesota.
- Refer to the TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines
- Apply online.
- Save your PIN number and password so that you can work on the application over time.
- Follow application instructions carefully, because once your application is submitted, you will no longer have access to add/change application information or upload required supplemental material.
- As your application is being reviewed, you can log back into your account to view your current application status.
- Your admission decision will also be displayed in your application account.
Applicants are typically notified of admission decisions four to six weeks after application deadlines.
A maximum of 14 graduate semester transfer credits may be applied to the M.Ed. program. Credits may include any combination of the following coursework:
- Up to eight graduate semester credits from fully accredited institutions other than the University of Minnesota
- Credits completed at the University of Minnesota before admission to the M.Ed. program.
Transfer courses must be completed at the graduate level and approved by a faculty adviser and the college. Contact the program’s faculty adviser for more information.
- OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
- OLPD 5202—Perspectives of Adult Learning and Development (3 cr)
- OLPD 5204—Designing the Adult Education Program (3 cr)
- OLPD 5296—Field Experience in Adult Education (3 cr required; no more than 6 credits count toward the program)
- OLPD 5607—Organization Development (3 cr)
- OLPD 5801—Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3 cr)
- OLPD 5819—Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3 cr)
- One additional 3 credit Adult Education course with adviser approval
Up to 10 credits of electives courses with adviser approval to equal the 34 credits needed for this program. The appropriate elective courses may vary depending on whether the student is also pursuing a license as reflected by their optional sub-plan.
M.Ed. candidates in adult education may also add coursework from the following areas to their program:
- Adult learners, including undereducated adults
- Adult education as a field of practice and a profession
- Teaching adults
- Design of educational activities for adults
- Evaluation of educational activities for adults
- Administration or management of agencies, programs, and personnel related to adult education
- Advising and counseling adult learners
- Adult literacy
- Additional teaching licensure in adult literacy from the state of Minnesota
Currently admitted degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students may register online for coursework.
Students who want to begin M.Ed. coursework before admission to the M.Ed. program must use the One Stop non-degree registration option.
For questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program contact:
Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to the program coordinator:
Revised October 28, 2015