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Adult & Higher Education, M.A.


Prepare to help adults reach their education goals with our program.


Master of Arts (M.A.)






30 hours

What You’ll Learn in adult and higher education

You’ll be equipped with the skills to meet the needs of adult learners at post-secondary and continuing adult education institutions. Plan your program for preparation in teaching, administration, student personnel or developmental studies.

Note: This program is not approved for rank change for public school teachers.

What You Can Do with an adult and higher education Degree

You’ll not only be prepared to be a teacher in adult education settings, but you’ll also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to move into administration, curriculum development, training and more.

 Admission to adult and higher education

You must be admitted for graduate study at MSU.  

Additional Requirements

  • General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  • Two years of relevant professional experience is advisable.
  • A GRE score of 283 (verbal and quantitative combined) with a minimum verbal score of 145 or a 31 raw score (381-386 Scaled Score) on the Miller Analogies Test is required. Those not meeting the initially required GRE or MAT scores may alternately be admitted with a GRE index (GRE x undergraduate GPA) of at least 764 or MAT index (MAT scaled x undergraduate GPA) of at least 1,030, so long as the index results do not conflict with general graduate admission requirements. For students who have not met the testing requirements for admission into the program but who have successfully completed nine (9) hours of coursework required for the program with at least a 3.5 or above GPA, the department chair may waive the testing requirement. The department chair will waive the testing requirement for students who have already completed a master's degree.
  • TOEFL 525 (197 computer-based) or 74 on the English Language Instruction Test of the University of Michigan for international students.

Contact Us

Department of Foundational & Graduate Studies in Education

503 Ginger Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2261
FAX: 606-783-5032