EARNING A MASTER’S IN HALE
The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) master’s program at Michigan State University is a 30-credit hour online program that promotes professional development among those working in higher, adult, and lifelong education in a variety of local, national, and international settings. This includes colleges and universities, public and nonprofit agencies, as well as private industry.
You will gain knowledge and skills in areas such as higher education policy, curricular development, and budget and finance. Focused on higher, adult, and lifelong education, you will also learn how to serve and understand learners and learning in contexts beyond the higher education sector.
The program focuses on developing a deep appreciation for learning across the lifespan in different contexts, and you will engage in your own lifelong learning as well as reflection on your personal and professional development.
Key elements of the program include two core courses, eight electives, and a Final Essay connecting theory to practice.
The HALE M.A. is a 100% online, self-paced program that has been developed with working professionals in mind. The program features courses that impart theoretical concepts and practical skills, directly applicable to your current and future work settings.
This program is not an in-person, cohort-based program.
Prospective students interested in a full-time, cohort-based graduate program preparing them for work in the field of student affairs in higher education should consider the Student Affairs Administration MA program also offered through HALE.
COMMITTED TO YOU
We are committed to your success as a student. We believe working professionals require a flexible education that develops knowledge, skills, and interests specific to them. Thus, the HALE M.A. program is an individualized online experience.
With support from your advisor, you will choose electives to deepen your knowledge in various topics that build upon your professional interests and goals.
AMONG THE BEST
The fully online program is designed to fit into your schedule, regardless of your location.
APPLY ON YOUR SCHEDULE
Our two application cycles mean you can apply at your convenience.
AVERAGE STUDENT AGE
OF OUR STUDENTS ENROLL IN 3 CREDITS PER SEMESTER
OF OUR STUDENTS WORK FULL-TIME
Ranked #2 in the nation
Michigan State University is among the best institutions in the nation to earn an online master’s programs in education, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In fact, MSU was ranked #2 in the nation in the specialty area for educational administration and supervision. Learn more about the 2023 rankings.
The HALE M.A. program has helped in considerable ways. The work of [Paulo] Freire, [bell] hooks, Leonardo, and countless others challenged my basic assumptions about my role within this arena, and [have] led to personal insight about my ability to contribute toward a more just and equitable society. The most impactful moments that I experienced throughout this program were those where I married basic theory influencing higher education with my own practical experiences.— STEVEN BENNETT, HALE MA GRADUATE