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Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

The highly ranked Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) MA program at Michigan State University seeks to strengthen postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals by preparing them to foster organizational development and change within an increasingly complex and global society, to nurture within individuals, groups, organizations, and society ability in and commitment to lifelong learning, and to honor diversity and difference among people, groups, and societies.

Why the HALE MA at Michigan State University?

  • The faculty consists of fifteen nationally and internationally recognized scholars and researchers.
  • Students have access to the resources of an international research university.
  • The HALE MA provides a supportive community for adult learners to further their knowledge and strengthen their abilities. 

Program and Instructional Methods

Beginning in January 2018, the HALE MA will be offered as a fully online degree program. The online format provides students with outstanding benefits such as:

  • Flexibility: Study and learn on your time, where and when you want

  • Support: Supportive faculty to assist you in your learning whether in person, via email, phone, or online communication

  • Access: 24/7 access to courses, digital resources of a major research university, and other electronic resources

  • Convenience: Continue your current employment and other life engagements while pursuing a graduate degree

  • Community: Interact with students and scholars from around the nation and the world

Typical HALE MA Student

Students enter the HALE MA program from the many sectors of higher and adult education, business, industry, social services, and other professional domains. This array of backgrounds precludes the ability to identify a "typical" HALE student. Most successful applicants have prior professional experience. Additionally, most of our students continue to work full-time while pursuing their graduate degree in our program. 

More Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions
HALE MA Program Handbook

Contact us at or review the HALE MA Admissions Information for Prospective Students Brochure.

You may wish to consider the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning as a stepping stone to the HALE MA Program.