M.S.Ed. On Campus

Adult Education - Human Resource Development

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
466 USD/credit 8388 USD/year
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Blending adult learning theory, instructional technology, and talent development, the Adult Education - Human Resource Development master’s program at James Madison University creates an engaging and innovative learning environment for students who want to help employees perform at their best.


Students who complete this program, Education, Adult Education/Human Resource Development: Individualized Concentration, M.S.Ed., learn to identify workplace performance gaps and develop learning solutions using industry best practices so that employees can succeed and grow. Our students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be leaders and contribute to high-quality, sustainable organizations. Our core program curriculum is aligned with industry standards, while also allowing students to focus their studies on topics most relevant to their career goals and interests.

Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in theory with the applied skills to take the concepts and practical experience into a range of career fields, such as instructional design, human capital consulting, and corporate training. Plus, the program includes a blend of online and face-to-face instruction, making it accessible for full-time students in the local area and working professionals. Our graduates serve in dynamic roles across multiple sectors including higher education, business, government, and non-profit organizations.

The mission of the Adult Education - Human Resource Development master’s program at James Madison University is to prepare professionals to lead, design, implement and evaluate learning programs within education, business, industry, government, military, health care, and other public and private sector organizations. In addition to delivering effective instruction, AHRD professionals design ways to improve human performance, facilitate change and enhance creativity.

By completing our program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and apply systems theory, analytic systems, principles of adult development, learning theory and leadership theory.
  • Understand business, industry, educational and other organizational settings.
  • Identify, understand and build effective organizational relationships that support teaching, learning and continuous human performance improvement appropriate to the context.
  • Organize, manage and evaluate teaching, learning and continuous human performance improvement efforts.
  • Analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate targeted curriculum in appropriate modes (including distance, action, self-directed, transformative, informal learning, etc.) for individual, team and organizational applications with a focus on continuous human performance improvement.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Adult Education/Human Resource Development 
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Models 
  • Leadership and Facilitation 
  • Learning in Adulthood 
  • Performance Analysis and Needs Assessment in Adult Education/ Human Development 
  • Research Methods and Inquiry in Adult Education/ Human Resource 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • The application deadline is rolling, however, early application by April 1 is recommended to have full consideration for graduate assistantships.


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An online application submitted at:
  • Official transcripts reflecting all post-secondary education, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Applicants can have electronic copies of transcripts sent via eSCRIP-SAFE.
  • An official record of scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (scores must be less than five years old) or approved GRE waiver application. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers or educators who can attest to the applicant's potential for graduate-level course work.
  • A copy of the applicant's current resume.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 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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