M.Ed. in Adult Learning

Human Resource Development | Instructional Design & Technology

“This program transformed my life and my career, but most importantly, it transformed my thinking. Become what you are with a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning at VCU.”

- Caitlin Bergendahl, M.Ed. ’15

“If you are passionate about helping people reach their potential, and use their strengths and abilities to the fullest, you’re going to find something to be passionate about in this program.”

- Jennifer McCluskey, M.Ed. ’17

Providing learning and development opportunities and initiatives for adults in the workplace is very different from K-12 education. The M.Ed. in adult learning provides its graduates with the knowledge and skills to be major contributors to organizations, whether in human resource development or as instructional designers.

We realize that learning in the workplace, whether for profit or non-profit, revolves around using technology as a learning tool and format. Each course incorporates the use of – and learning of – current technologies. Students leave the program with theoretical and practical knowledge and experience to aid them in providing learning to adults in the workplace.

Our graduates work in business and industry, healthcare, government, non-profit, higher education, and community and human services agencies. As organizations realize the need for talent development and workforce development, our graduates have been poised to meet their needs, and to help organizations achieve their overall talent and workforce objectives.

Admission to this 33-hour program (which can be completed in two years) is predicated on the "whole person" concept, taking into account life experiences, academic record, references, and the reasons for the student’s interest in the program. As of spring 2020, the MAT or GRE are not required for admission. Successful applicants will have sufficient work experience to enable them to bring relevant experiences into the classroom learning environment, which is encouraged.

Prospective students are encouraged to take a course in the adult learning master’s program as a "non-degree seeking student" before admission to ensure the program is a fit for their career goals. This is not a requirement, but only a suggestion if students have doubts regarding the program. Any classes taken prior to admission into the program will be transferred into the program if the student is accepted.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission, Nov. 1 for spring admission
Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Resources and Checklists

Application checklist [PDF]



Program Concentrations

Related Program: B.A. in Human and Organizational Development

This undergraduate program is designed to help students grow skills in planning and developing learning programs for adults in organizations such as corporations, non-profits, education and healthcare.

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