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Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

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The top ranked Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) MA program at Michigan State University offers a professional development degree that provides a broad understanding of postsecondary education from social, historical, philosophical, developmental, and international perspectives.  It also promotes understanding of central issues in Organization and Leadership; Teaching and Learning; and Contexts of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as they reflect the relationship between theory and practice.  The HALE MA program seeks to strengthen postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals by preparing them to foster organizational development and change within an increasingly complex and global society, to nurture within individuals, groups, organizations, and society ability in and commitment to lifelong learning, and to honor diversity and difference among people, groups, and societies.

Why the HALE MA at Michigan State University?

  • The program is ranked #2 among Higher Education programs in the influential U.S. News & World Report
  • The faculty consists of fifteen nationally and internationally recognized scholars and researchers.
  • Students have access to the resources of an international research university.
  • The HALE MA provides a supportive community for adult learners to further their knowledge and strengthen their abilities. 

Program and Instructional Methods

Choose between completing your degree fully online or in a hybrid format with some classes online and others in person.  Both options provide students with outstanding benefits such as:

  • Flexibility: Study and learn on your time, where and when you want

  • Support: Supportive faculty to assist you in your learning whether in person, via email, phone, or online communication

  • Access: 24/7 access to courses, digital resources of a major research university, and other electronic resources

  • Convenience: Continue your current employment and other life engagements while pursuing a graduate degree in a top ranked program

  • Community: Interact with students and scholars from around the nation and the world

Typical HALE MA Student

The HALE MA Program is a robust and exceptional learning community. Students come from the many sectors of higher and adult education, business, industry, social services, and other professional domains. This array of backgrounds precludes the ability to identify a "typical" HALE student with the exception being that each student brings professional experience into his or her studies. In addition, we do know that HALE M.A. students possess a keen interest in postsecondary education and bring new perspectives and experiences to the program, helping contribute to a diverse learning environment.

More Questions?

Continue browsing the HALE MA Program website for more information and contact us with your questions.  You may wish to consider the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning as a stepping stone to the HALE MA Program.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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HALE MA Program Handbook