Skip to main content

Adult Education, M.S.Ed.

Get your graduate degree and help adult learners keep their skills up to date with the IU Online Master of Science in Education: Adult Education. This flexible degree program prepares you for a variety of careers. Get skills that colleges, corporations, and government organizations seek.

Course Delivery: 80-99% Online

Total Credits: 36

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $500.36

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $600.43

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Master of Science in Education: Adult Education, you’ll learn about the history of the adult education field, the contributions of adult education theorists, and the theories, models, and research methods used in the field to design and administer adult education programs.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted into this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (international students only)
  • Resume (international students only)
  • TOEFL score (minimum 79) or IELTS score (minimum 6.5) (international students only) 

Your IU Online Master of Science in Education: Adult Education prepares you for such careers as:

  • Human resource training specialist 
  • Human resource manager 
  • Community college professor 
  • Adult literacy and remedial education teacher 
  • Employee relations specialist 
  • E-learning specialist 
  • Community organization administrator 

To graduate with the Master of Science in Education: Adult Education, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Adult education core courses (21 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (15 credit hours) 

Students must come to campus for the three-day residency course, D521 Participation Training.

Core Classes for the MSEd in Adult Education
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-D 500 Introduction to Adult Education Theory 3 Credits
EDUC-D 505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan 3 Credits
EDUC-D 506 Adult Education Planning and Development 3 Credits
EDUC-D 512 Seminar in Forms and Forces of Adult Education 3 Credits
EDUC-D 521 Participation Training 2 Credits
EDUC-D 525 Introduction to Distance Education Systems in Adult Education 3 Credits
EDUC-D 640 Capstone Seminar in Adult Education 3 Credits
EDUC-Y 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry 3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

Find the answers you need or start your application. We’re here to help!