Master of Education in Adult Education (M.Ed.)

Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia's Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy (LEAP) offers qualified students the ability to earn a master's degree in Adult Education online.  The program, ranked one of the top Adult Education programs in the world, offers a wide range of faculty expertise.

This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who are unable to attend classes in the traditional university setting. The goal of the Master of Education in Adult Education is to develop student's knowledge and abilities in the social context of adult education, program development and management processes, and the teaching and learning processes.

This Master of Education degree prepares students for careers in such areas as adult basic education and literacy, continuing professional education, cooperative extension, health education, community development, religious or gerontology education. The degree program operates on a cohort model, admitting 20 students each fall semester.

Technology Requirements
  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals; headphones, printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Program Structure

No campus visits are required.  All coursework and assignments are conducted online. Students take two courses per semester (6 hours) in a prescribed sequence. In addition, students will complete an applied project, prepare a M.Ed. Student Portfolio, and complete a final oral exam. When students follow the required sequence, the program can be completed in two years.

Course Sequence

EADU 7020e Adult Learning & Instruction

EADU 8020e Adult Learning & Social Context

EADU 6200e Research

EADU 9750 Reflective Practice

EADU 7030e Program Planning

EADU 8050e Multicultural Adult Education

EADU 7050e Implementation & Facilitation of Instruction for Adults

EADU 7040e Training Design & Delivery

ERSH 7250e Evaluation

EADU 8620e Adult Education Administration

EADU 7650e Applied Project/Portfolio/Exit Exam


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  33 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

With proper approval, six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred onto the student's program of study. A request for transfer of credit cannot be made until a student has been admitted at UGA as a prospective candidate for a degree. The transfer credit must be included on the program of study.

Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken at an accredited institution, falls within the 6 year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Before you apply, visit our State Authorizations page to ensure UGA is authorized to provide distance education to residents of your state.

Application Checklist
  1. Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.

  2. Test Scores – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813  

    1. GMAT or GRE

    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  3. Statement of Intent – send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent to enroll in the online program in their statement.

  4. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to the graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.

  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.

  6. Official Transcripts – Send one official copy to the graduate school.

Application Deadlines

Fall:  July 1

International Applicants

Fall:  April 15


Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 33 credit hours $20,757 USD
Student Fees $591 per semester 6 semesters $3,546 USD
Total     $24,303 USD


Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition for online programs is the same for all students regardless of residency.

Other cost considerations

Potential additional costs include textbooks.

Interested applicants should consult their employer about the possibility of a tuition reimbursement program or tuition assistance program.

Financial Aid

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