M.Ed. in Adult Learning

A group of students surround their professor in an M.Ed. Adult Learning classroom in Oliver Hall.

The M.Ed. in adult learning provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of adult learning theory and practice, specifically in the fields of human resource development, adult literacy, and exploring technology in learning in today’s digital environment.

Our graduates and current students work in business and industry, healthcare, government, non-profit, higher education, and community and human service agencies.

Admission to this 33-hour program is predicated on the “whole person” concept, taking into account life experience, academic record, references and the reasons for the student’s interest in the program. Successful applicants will have sufficient prior work experience with adults as learners to enable them to bring relevant work experience into the classroom learning environment. An interview with the program adviser is recommended prior to admission.

Why choose the adult learning master’s at VCU?

  • Nationally-recognized program
  • Convenient format designed for working professionals
  • Faculty with real-world experience working in adult learning environments
  • May be completed in two years
  • Small class size
  • In lieu of a thesis and comprehensive exam, students create an e-portfolio and undertake an action learning project that focuses on real problems of strategic importance to an organization
  • Focus is on learning and development, where working on projects relevant to your job is emphasized
  • Gain hands-on experience in adult learning and development in today’s environment

Program Concentrations



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


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Written essay addressing your career goals and interest in adult learning
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework
  • Satisfactory GRE or MAT scores
Adult Literacy
Human Resource Development
Teaching and Learning with Technology

Ready To Get Started?

Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.