Adult Learning and Leadership, M.Ed. | Columbia University | Manhattan, United States
M.Ed. On Campus

Adult Learning and Leadership

24 months
34434 USD/year
34434 USD/year
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The Adult Learning and Leadership program, at the Ed.M. level, at Columbia University prepares professionals who have experience in designing and delivering adult learning and development in and outside the classroom, and who wish to build their capabilities as leaders of such learning.


About the programme

Lifelong learning for adults is an increasingly important educational specialization in the 21st century. Rapid changes are transforming society and making it critical for adults to continue to learn across the lifespan. Much of that learning takes place in classrooms, but a lot of learning also occurs informally through interaction in groups, communities, organizations, and social networks.

The intellectual framework of the program examines the relationship of adult learning to organizational, management and leadership issues. The Adult Learning and Leadership program, at the Ed.M. level, at Columbia University prepares students to oversee and manage adult learning programs and interventions, with a focus on strategic learning and whole system change. Students can deepen their capabilities as facilitators of learning and in helping organizations, communities, or other institutions to support learning for individuals and for the organizations or other social units that benefit from the lifelong learning of its members.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Adult learning & education: Theory & practice
  • Developmental psychology: Adult learning and the lifespan
  • Coaching From an Adult Learning Perspective
  • Developing and managing adult learning programs
  • Leadership and self-development
  • Learning and technology in organizations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Application: Must be submitted online.
  • Transcripts.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Online submission of letters of recommendation is required. Recommenders should be academic or professional contacts who can speak to your creative ability and potential; personal/friend references are not permitted. 
  • Creative Materials Required for Application: Please click below for a list of creative materials that are required for each program.
  • Application Fee: The $110 application fee is required upon submission of your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17217 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    34434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17217 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

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


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