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Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education

Total graduate credits: 45
Length of program: 2 years

100% online through OSU Ecampus

Join a highly supported learning community

Without a doubt, we are in a knowledge economy. As such, the ability to support organizational learning is critical to the success of any company, agency or college. As an educational leader, you can support and lead meaningful learning across contexts. The Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program will enhance your ability to deliver effective educational programs.

Want to learn more?

Check out this short video for an overview of the program. Oregon State University's Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program is offered in partnership with the College of Education and the award-winning Ecampus. This two-year master’s degree program is designed to provide applied skills and knowledge for designing, implementing and assessing educational programs in a variety of formats (in-person, online, hybrid). This degree can prepare you to deliver programming in front of an audience or behind-the-scenes as the content developer.

What makes our program unique

The program serves working professionals by offering a flexible, cohort-based program that is fully online. We pair theory courses with practical application to support your learning.

Rooted in equity

This program focuses on developing equitable learning environments. Rather than having a single course focused on social issues, equity is embedded throughout all of the course work offered in this program.

100% online - for working professionals

You can complete this program fully online in two years. It’s designed to directly apply your learning to your organization’s unique learning environment. Our graduates work in a variety of educational settings, including colleges and universities, nonprofit agencies, and for-profit companies.

Collaborative learning cohort

A new cohort starts each fall term. As an active member of an online learning community, you will explore real-world challenges, apply insights that connect research to practice, as well as build your professional network.

Flexible internships

Internships in this program allow you to pursue your interests. We have established internship opportunities or our faculty will work with you to design an internship that allows you to focus on your passion and professional goals. It is also possible to complete an internship in your current role. Some opportunities include:

  • Design and evaluate a continuing education program for healthcare providers 
  • Support OSU's Ecampus Instructional Design Team
  • Design and evaluate a non-profit's program 

Experienced faculty

Our faculty are experienced scholars and practitioners. They have worked in colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and for-profit organizations.

Bottom-line driven companies and budget-conscious nonprofits expect measurable outcomes for their training dollars. Oregon State University's online Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program can help you can add value to any organization by elevating the effectiveness of its educational programs.




For admissions questions, please contact:

Lindsay Andrews
Adult & Higher Education Program Lead
[email protected] 
(541) 737-3574

Student highlight

Andrea De Lei - EdM student

"After attending the AHE informational session to understand this program better, I was very interested in the instructional design components integrated throughout the AHE program. Additionally, I liked that this program was completely online through one of the top online programs, Ecampus." 

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Instructional design career panel

July 2021

View the recording of the Instructional Design Career Panel hosted by Oregon State University’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.M., Instructional Design Graduate Certificate, and Ecampus. This event featured three OSU Ecampus instructional designers discussing their career pathways and providing tips for those entering the field. Read panelist bios.

View recording