24 months
1186 USD/credit 21348 USD/year
1186 USD/credit 21348 USD/year
432 USD/credit 7776 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education program from University of Southern Maine was established in 1972 to meet the region's need for trained adult education public school administrators.


Key facts:

  • Since those early days the master of science in Adult and Higher Education program from University of Southern Maine has expanded its role in the state and region to prepare professional adult educators for positions in a wide variety of sectors including public K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, large and medium-sized corporations, and community not-for-profit agencies. 
  • Specific jobs graduates fill include director of adult education, dean, academic advisor, corporate trainer, staff development specialist, program designer, research associate, and adult education teacher. The thirty-six-credit hour degree may be earned entirely online although several elective courses are offered either in a blended format or on campus.

Programme Structure

    Courses include:
  • Research Methods and Techniques
  • History and Philosophy of Adult Education
  • The Adult Learner
  • Uses of Technology in Adult Learning
  • Marketing Training and Adult Education
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Managing Adult Education and Human Resource Development
  • Planning Programs for Adult Learners
  • Action Research and Evaluation Methodologies
  • Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners
  • Aspects of the English Language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application, available online at http://usm.maine.edu/apply
  • Applying to USM is free.
  • Letters of recommendation (number determined by individual program). Recommendations are easily submitted using the online application form. Applicants are asked to provide the name and email address for each of recommender during the application process. 
  • A current resume.
  • Official transcript(s) of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System. The Office of Admissions can access University of Maine System transcripts provided the credits were earned in 1986 or later.
  • An essay or goal statement. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21348 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1186 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21348 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1186 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 24 months.

Credit per hour.

Living costs for Gorham

1370 - 2127 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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