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Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University is a dynamic community of scholars comprised of nationally and internationally recognized faculty members and dedicated master and doctoral students. In conjunction with the affiliated Center for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE), HALE scholars work to address real-world problems in postsecondary education.

National Recognition

The HALE program is consistently ranked among the top higher education graduate programs in the United States, and provides students educational opportunities and mentorship from one of the largest and most well-known groups of postsecondary education scholars.

Building Careers

HALE offers master’s and doctoral degrees to students pursuing a variety of career paths and research interests throughout postsecondary education, including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, research consortia, educational policy agencies, and adult learning agencies.

Register for Upcoming Prospective Student Events

HALE Ph.D program’s 2023 Virtual Open House on November 9 at 5 pm (via ZOOM) Scan QR code to register OR use this link

Points of distinction


The Center for Higher and Adult Education provides opportunities to explore higher education policy in the U.S. and around the world.


HALE at MSU faculty have been named pillars of the profession, lead associations in the field and participate in long-standing international partnerships.

HALE Faculty Members

Learn to teach adult students

Enhance your understanding of education for adult learners with the nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education. Upon completion, partipants will hold knowledge, skills and tools for helping adults learn in postsecondary instutions, organizations and beyond.

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Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane, Room 423 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 353-5187 F: (517) 884-1392