Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a Master of Arts degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE MA). This online program promises students a strong foundation in postsecondary education in areas such as social, historical, developmental, philosophical, and international perceptions.

While enrolled in this program, HALE MA students will complete 30 credit hours. The core courses will be Inquiry in Postsecondary Education and Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning Education Pro-Seminar. Students will then choose nine credit hours to complete from an EAD major course list. In addition to the major courses, 15 credits of supplemental/related courses are required. These supplemental courses must be reviewed and approved by the individual’s academic advisor to ensure relevancy to the student’s interests.

Students will be taking this program under the Plan B agenda, which means they will not need to write a thesis to complete this program. However, they will need to pass a final certifying exam.

This program will focus mostly on issues, practices, and institutions within this field. Special attention will be paid to instruction, program management, and program development. Individuals in this program are usually currently practicing in postsecondary education, business and industry, or public and nonprofit agencies, but the program is also designed for those seeking careers in these fields.

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be able to describe and attend to the needs of adult learners in different learning environments as well as demonstrate and apply their learned leadership and administrative skills to adult and lifelong learning programs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Consideration for admission on a regular basis requires at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the final two years of undergraduate study.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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