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M.S. in Adult Learning and Leadership

The 33-credit hour Master of Science in Adult Learning and Leadership helps working adults from a wide variety of professions become better educators, trainers, facilitators, program planners, managers, and leaders. This degree is offered at the K-State Olathe campus, online and in Fort Leavenworth.

Program Features

The master's degree is designed for working adults and features:

  • 8-week courses that meet one night a week
  • Ability to specialize in area most applicable to your career
  • Full-time faculty/advisors with experience as practitioners
  • Opportunity to start a program any time of the year
  • Competitive, flat-rate tuition and fees
  • Scholarship opportunities


Core coursework (18 credit hrs.) helps professionals better understand how adults develop and learn.

  • Introduction to Adult Education
  • Characteristics of Adult Learners
  • Adult Learning and Motivation
  • Social Foundations of Adult Learning
  • Program Planning
  • Research Methods

Opportunity to Specialize

The remaining 15 credit hours are electives, providing an opportunity to specialize in a content area most applicable to your goals. A variety of electives are available, or you can choose a Graduate Certificate Program in an area like Adult Learning or Leadership Dynamics.

Broad application of new skills and knowledge

Working adults from a wide variety of professions choose a master's degree in adult education. Current graduate students work in these profession

Corporate TrainingTechnology                                                   

Criminal Justice/Public Safety

Health Care and MedicineParks and Recreation
Higher Education – Faculty and AdministrationNon-profit Agencies
United States MilitaryCounty Extension
Organizational DevelopmentELL/GED/ABE

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Official Transcript from bachelor's degree institution
  • Official Transcript from each institution you have completed any post-baccalaureate course work or degrees 
  • Statement of Objectives: 1-2 page statement of career and professional goals and relevant professional experience 
  • See more information from the College of Education

Send official transcripts to:

Adult Learning and Leadership
Kansas State University Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66601