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Online Master's Programs in Education at Michigan State University

Congratulations! You’re ready to start a new professional chapter in the field of education and you’ve come to the right place. What’s the next step? Let help you find the right online College of Education program to meet your goals.

The college offers nine online master’s degrees designed specifically for people like you: passionate, engaged educators who want to thrive in their careers. Below is a short summary of each programs, along with links to more detailed information.

Our Programs at a Glance 

  • Available Programs: 9
  • Delivery: 100% online*
  • Credits: 30 (10 3-credit courses)
  • Timeline: 1.5 to 5 years
  • Tuition: $27,990 ($933/credit hour)

*The M.A. in Educational Technology program offers additional modalities.

Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Education is designed for all educators who want to enhance their professional practice through advanced study related to teaching, learning and leadership. This program offers six concentration areas relevant to a broad range of P-12 and postsecondary careers both inside and beyond the classroom.

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Teaching and Curriculum, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum is designed for beginning and experienced teachers alike, the majority of whom are teaching full time and are deeply committed to public education and teaching P-12 students. Students in the MATC program can choose from several degree pathways to meet their unique goals. 

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Educational Technology, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology develops innovative educational leaders who are prepared to transform teaching and learning in their professional settings. The MAET degree can be completed through your choice of flexible program pathways: online, summer hybrid and summer overseas in Galway, Ireland.

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Special Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Special Education prepares graduates to advance the quality of education for students with disabilities in K-12 schools and is ranked among the best online special education master’s programs in the nation. Students can work toward earning teaching endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Learning Experience Design, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Learning Experience Design program provides a critical lens of equity, accessibility, and social justice in human-centered learning and design. MALXD students will thoughtfully examine issues that impact learners as unique individuals and create well-informed, playful, and powerful learning design solutions.

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Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education promotes professional development among those working in a variety of local, national, and international settings, including colleges and universities, public and nonprofit agencies, as well as private industry. Graduates are equipped to understand and better serve adult learners in a variety of contexts.

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Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, M.A.

This program prepares leaders in the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a framework of research-based strategies to meet the individual needs of all learners. Graduates will gain expertise in whole school, small group and individual support levels, and create personalized plans of action to better serve K-12 students.

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Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Spectrum Disorders, M.A.

The M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Spectrum Disorders prepares students to be expert practitioners in supporting individuals with autism. Graduates of this program will excel in a variety of job placements as behavior analysts, including in schools, clinics, residential treatment facilities, and other educational settings.

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Sport Coaching, Leadership & Administration, M.S.

The M.S. in Sport Coaching, Leadership, & Administration  will enhance your professional knowledge and skills to take the next step in your career. Students will gain a foundational knowledge in the science of sport coaching and administration, ethical decision-making, reflective practice and the skills of a culturally competent practitioner.

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How to Apply

Apply online from the Office of Admission's website. Please be sure to check your corresponding program's individual site for specific requirements as well. 

When completing your application, you will need to identify the following information:

  1. MSU College: College of Education
  2. Select Graduate Programs
  3. Major Name

  • Complete and submit the MSU graduate application.
  • Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended to be sent to your MSU program (electronically or via postal mail).
  • Required application materials will include: 3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, resume. Some programs may require additional materials.

After you submit your application (along with the application fee, $65 domestic and $75 international), you will receive an email directing you to MSU's Your Account Application Portal

Through the portal you will be able to: 

  • Upload or revise your academic/personal statement
  • Upload résumé
  • Request letters of recommendation (3 professional)
  • Check status of application
  • Submit official, original transcripts.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at MSU, you do not need to submit official MSU transcripts.
  • Transcripts from other institutions need to be submitted through an official e-scripting service or be mailed directly to the graduate program.

What happens after I submit my application?

  • Completed application packets are submitted to the program's Admissions Committee for review.
  • Depending on the program, students will receive a letter of the committee's decision about 4 weeks after application deadline. A letter of admissions recommendation by the program is sent by email.
  • Credentials will be forwarded to the MSU Office of Admissions for final review and approval following program committee review.
  • Accepted students will receive an official letter of admission from the MSU Office of Admissions approximately one month after the program’s notification of recommended acceptance. This letter will contain your MSU Personal Identification Number (PID) and Personal Access Number (PAN). With these, you will set up your MSU NetID and password, allowing you access to enrollment.