Master's in Education in Adult & Higher Education

Oregon State University's Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Adult and Higher Education program is offered in partnership with OSU's award-winning Ecampus. This two-year master’s degree program is designed for you to directly apply your learning to your organization’s unique learning environment, meaning you can keep your job while pursuing this degree. You will gain 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 a content developer.

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The application is open! Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in applying.

Join a collaborative learning cohort designed for working professionals

  • Apply your learning directly into your workplace.
  • All classes are developed and taught by OSU's renowned faculty and instructors who bring real-world experience with instructional design and instructional technology to the classroom.
  • All credits earned in the instructional design graduate certificate are transferrable to OSU's online master’s degree (Ed.M.) in adult and higher education.
  • Limited number of instructional design internships with OSU's award-winning Ecampus.


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Rooted in equity

Embedded throughout the entire program


Years to complete the program, part time

What to Expect

Content will cover instructional technology, adult learning theory, needs assessment, instructional design, instructional strategies, workplace ethics, leadership, program evaluation, and organizational theory.

Classes are fully online and asynchronous. Courses run 10-weeks + finals week. The program can be completed in two years.

The program offers a flexible internship, with an opportunity for hands-on, applied learning. Students may choose to complete an internship within their current workplace or through established opportunities arranged by the program. OSU’s Ecampus offers a limited number of instructional design opportunities throughout the program. 

Students who have graduated from this program work as educators, trainers, developers, and designers. Career titles include: Instructional Designers, eLearning Support Specialists, Technical Trainers, Program Managers, Training and Development Managers, Instructors, and Higher Education Advisors and Coordinators.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the program requests a resume, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. The GRE is not required for admission. 

Writing sample prompts:

  • Motivation for Ed.M. Degree: Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in Adult & Higher Education at Oregon State University?
  • How will this degree support your career goals?
  • Equity: Our program has a focus on equity across all of our courses. Based on either your current or future workplace, how do you define equity within training and learning? What is one equity issue you would like to be better prepared to address in your career as a result of completing this program?

A new cohort of students will begin Fall term. The priority deadline for the program is June 15th. Applications accepted after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis. 

Supporting you throughout your degree

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Financial Support

Over 40 scholarships just for College of Education students.

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Advising and Peer Support

We support the whole student, connecting you to resources for life and school.

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We're a small college in a big university, providing you with 1:1 support with OSU's great resources.

Why Choose OSU?

Ranked in the top 1% of research universities in the world, OSU produces more research than any other university in Oregon. OSU is known for its real-world connections, turning your experience into hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the world.


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OSU's commitment to inclusive excellence is everywhere.

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