M.Ed. in Educational Administration

Adult and Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Administration Adult and Higher Education online degree program provides a broad understanding of postsecondary education from historical, philosophical, social, and developmental perspectives. The two-year, 33-credit degree program also develops understanding of leadership and organization issues as they relate to theory and practice. Culminating in an individualized internship designed to provide career experience, this program prepares professionals to work in contexts such as adult learning organizations, higher education institutions, business, and industry.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited, degree-granting institution
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average for full admission; 2.6 for provisional admission
  • Three references on USF recommendation forms that address the applicant’s potential as a master’s degree candidate
  • Submission of completed application form
  • Submission of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts


Summer Year 1

EDU 501U Professional and Ethical Leadership (3 cr.) 

BUS 520U Managing Organizational Dynamics (3 cr.)

Fall Year 1

AHE 510U Introduction to Adult Learning (3 cr.) 

BUS 548U Organization Development and Change (3 cr.)

Spring Year 1

AHE 512U Foundations of Postsecondary Education (3 cr.)

EDU 585U Research Methods (3 cr.) 

Summer Year 2

AHE 516U Sociology of Adult Education (3 cr.) 

BUS 558U Current Issues in Management (3 cr.)

Fall Year 2

AHE 520U Higher Education Administration (3 cr.)
AHE 524U Quality Assurance in Higher Education (3 cr.) 

Spring Year 2

AHE 534U Internship in Adult and Higher Education (3 cr.)

Comprehensive Portfolio

For additional information, please contact Dr. Becky Thurman at 605-575-2083 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it