The master of science degree is completed through part-time online or campus-based study in two years (classes are taken fall, spring, and summer). Participants pursue their studies by taking two courses (six credit hours) each semester to complete the 30-credit-hour degree.
Students are able to select a specialization based on career interest, such as human resource development (the most popular choice), health promotion, adult literacy, or college student personnel administration. A student may pursue another area of specialization with the agreement of his or her advisor. Students also are required to complete a master’s project or comprehensive examination.
The objectives of the master of science (M.S.) degree program:
- Provide a foundation in the development, delivery, and evaluation of adult and human resource development programs in a variety of settings.
- Develop skills in managing both programs and personnel within the field of adult education and human resource development.
- Enable adult education and human resource development professionals to serve as both change agents and learning facilitators.
- Prepare individuals to serve in leadership roles in adult education and human resource development.
- Foster understanding of the learning needs and opportunities of adult and nontraditional learners in a modern technological society.
The focused 12-credit-hour Adult Education graduate certificate program, also completed online or on campus, is ideal for adult educators who want to complement their areas of expertise with a core knowledge of adult education. Students learn theory, methods, and evaluation approaches. Credits can be applied toward the M.S. in adult education if a student decides to pursue that degree.
The focused 12-credit-hour Human Resource graduate certificate program, also completed online or on campus, is designed to address the essential skills and competencies for professional Human Resource Development practitioners. Graduates with this certification may use their skills to develop and administer training programs that produce a more effective and competitive workforce.
Students wishing to complete the graduate certificate in Human Resource Development and the Adult Education master of science degree within 30 hours must complete the graduate certificate first, then apply to admission to the master's program.
Please note: Neither graduate certificate leads to certification to teach in a public school.