Adult and Higher Education Ed.S.

The Adult and Higher Education Ed.S. is an online program.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  2. A master's degree in adult and/or higher education from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Two years of relevant professional experience and one year of full-time teaching experience are recommended.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  5. Minimum composite GRE score of 283 on the verbal and quantitative sections or a 31 raw score (381-386 scaled score) on the Miller Analogies Test.
  6. For international students, a TOEFL score of 525 (197 computer-based) or higher, or a score of 74 or higher on the English Language Instruction Test of the University of Michigan.

Program Competencies

The Education Specialist in Adult and Higher Education is designed to provide the following competencies:

1. Enhanced working knowledge of the various functions of Adult and Higher Education.

2. Increased ability to apply theories of Adult and Higher Education to current or future professional practice.

3. Ability to conduct empirical research and/or develop and bring to fruition original projects in the areas of Adult or Higher Education.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Upon admission to the program, students will be placed on graduate hold (i.e., they will not be able to register for classes), until they complete a program plan approved by their academic advisors.
  2. Must be unconditionally admitted to the program. A student will remain on graduate hold and will not be allowed to register for courses without being unconditionally admitted.
  3. A graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Any student who receives grades of "C" or below in more than two graduate courses will be immediately dropped from the program. Any student receiving a D, E or U in more than one course will be immediately dropped from the program.
  4. Successful completion of comprehensive written or oral examinations. In the final spring or fall semester of the prescribed program of study, and with the consent of the program advisors, students must successfully complete written and/or oral comprehensive examinations (to be assessed by program faculty). Students not passing these examinations may retake them near the end of the following semester (at least three months must elapse between exams). If the student does not pass any exam on the second attempt, he or she will not be awarded the Ed.S. in Adult and Higher Education.
  5. Successful completion of the applied project within two years of its initiation. Students must initially register for the EDAH 699A within one calendar year after completing all required coursework. Upon registering for EDAH 699A, students will have two years to complete the applied project, including final acceptance and approval of the completed work by the applied project committee.
  6. Students must plan and complete a 30-hour program above the Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education with approval from the program advisor in accord with the guidelines below:

Program Requirements

Section I

EDAH 699AApplied Project (6)


Section II

EDAH 600-level courses


These courses were those not used to complete the master's degree or cognate may be used as electives

Section III

Cognate Courses - Students who have taken cognate hours for their master's degrees can continue the same cognates for the Ed.S. A maximum of nine (9) cognate hours will be recognized from the qualifying master's degree toward the 18-hour Ed.S. cognate. Students with no master's cognate hours must complete the full 18-hour cognate.

Students with recognized master's cognate hours must take additional electives to complete the 30-hour course requirement.

Note: Each EDAH 600-level course may only count as credit in one (required, elective or cognate) area.

Total Credit Hours: 30