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With the assistance of an advisor, HALE MA students plan a program of study tailored to meet their educational and professional goals.

Curricular Structure:

The HALE MA program requires successful completion of 30 credit hours as follows, in addition to college and university requirements.

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • EAD 840 Inquiry in Postsecondary Education
  • EAD 868 Higher, Adult and Lifelong Learning Education Pro-Seminar

Major Courses (9 credit hours)

  • EAD 801 Leadership and Organizational Development
  • EAD 805 Administration and Organization
  • EAD 860 Concept of a Learning Society
  • EAD 861 Adult Learning
  • EAD 870 Foundations of Postsecondary Education
  • EAD 866 Teaching in Postsecondary Education
  • EAD 876 Budgeting and Finance
  • EAD 877 Program Planning and Evaluation in Postsecondary Education
Electives (15 credits of supplemental/related courses with at least 9 additional credits from EAD courses): Three elective courses must be thematically connected to the student's area of interest.


MA Degree Completion Requirements

  • 20 of the 30 semester hours of coursework required for the master's degree must be earned after admission to the master's degree program. Therefore, a maximum of 9 semester hours of coursework taken before admission may be credited toward the master's degree with approval of one's academic advisor.
  • The program must be completed within 5 calendar years.
  • For the hybrid program, a minimum of 6 semester credits must be earned on the MSU campus. The online program has no residency requirement.