Todays adults are lifelong learners, meaning the majority of individuals all around the world are interested not only in postsecondary education (e.g., colleges, universities), but also in learning that extends far beyond these formal settings. As such, organizations, from colleges and universities to private and public workplaces across all industries, and the professionals that staff such organizations need a range of competencies and perspectives.
The completely online Master of Arts in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) at Michigan State University prepares students to succeed in careers connected to lifelong learning by providing knowledge and skills in areas such as organizational administration and leadership, finance and budgeting, curriculum development, teaching and learning, and evaluation.
Our program has long been ranked among the nations best, and our courses are taught by renowned faculty members, one of the largest groups of full-time faculties dedicated to higher education and lifelong learning. The degree is customizable to your interests and goals through courses, independent studies and applied experiences. But no matter what area of lifelong education in which you specialize, you will be ready to facilitate organizational development and change, nurture a commitment to lifelong learning and honor diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
HALE students tend to work full time and often pursue a HALE MA to deepen their skills and knowledge and make advancements or shifts in their professional careers.
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Based on the objectives of the program, you will:
- Understand central issues in postsecondary organization and leadership, teaching and learning, and administration.
- Gain inquiry skills and use them to understand important problems in the context of postsecondary practice.
- Connect theoretical understandings to the practice of administration, leadership, and teaching through coursework and related experiences.
- Understand the broad social consequences of your educational and leadership duties and the ethical nature of your role.
- Engage in disciplined reflection on your experience, studies, and practices.
The HALE at MSU program provides a solid foundation for working or changing positions in a range of positions and environments. Our graduates work at colleges and universities, nonprofits, public agencies and private industries. They work across the nation and around the world as student affairs professionals, educators, entry or mid-level administrators, teaching and learning professionals, fundraisers, and senior level organizational leaders.
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Previous work experience
CV/Résumé - Upload to the Graduate Education Application Portal.
A written personal statement
Personal statement should answer the following questions: What experiences led to your interest in pursuing a career in higher, adult, and lifelong education? What qualities, characteristics, and skills do you possess that will make you a strong candidate for the HALE MA program? How will the HALE program help you meet your personal and professional goals?
3 letters of recommendation
At least one should be from a faculty member who had you as a student.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
Complete a university graduate application (Program Code: 6734) Send official transcripts from each degree-granting institution attended, via email to email@example.com or by mail to: Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program c/o HALE Admissions Assistant Department of Educational Administration Michigan State University Erickson Hall 620 Farm Lane Rm 423 East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Provisional admission is, on occasion, granted to students that do not have a 3.0 undergraduate G.P.A.
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