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HALE: Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University is ranked 1st among all higher education programs in the country and has one of the largest full-time faculty contingents with thirteen nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

HALE is a graduate study only program that offers masters and doctoral degrees to students seeking to build careers in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, postsecondary research consortia, and adult learning agencies. Many students already work in such institutions and attend graduate study part-time. Full-time doctoral students are supported through assistantships.

Center for Higher and Adult Education

The Center for Higher and Adult Education emphasizes both the importance of policy and international work in post-secondary education for the 21st century. The Center aims to create an intellectual climate by supporting academic and cultural exchange at the postsecondary level as well as hosting forums dedicated to exploring the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education policy in today’s complex, global environment. In addition the Center assists the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education faculty and graduate students with their post-secondary research, teaching, and outreach related to higher education policy both domestically and across the globe.

Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in graduate study in one of the programs within the Higher, Adult, and LIfelong Education Unit at Michigan State University. We encourage you to explore what our programs offer you, check out our preview events, and contact us directly as you consider applying.

HALE Program Admissions Brochures

Doctorate in HALE
Masters in HALE

Masters in Student Affairs Administration

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning