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Adult Education, MSEd

Master of Science in Education

US News and World Report - best grad education degree 2023

The field of adult education explores the various ways in which adults learn. In today's global economy and complex technological society, lifelong learning has taken on a new importance, as adults in the workplace try to keep their skills up to date. As a result, the need for educators adept in working with adult learners has never been so keen.

The IU Online MSEd in Adult Education teaches you about the history of the adult education field, the contributions of the major adult education theorists, and the theories, models, and research methods used to design and administer adult education programs. As a student in the program, you acquire the instructional and program development skills sought by colleges, corporations, government, the military, and nonprofit organizations. You learn to solve instructional problems, from new skills training to cohesive group functionality.

Your IU Online MSEd in 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 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MSEd in 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.


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

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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 


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

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1470.00