Educational Studies M.Ed.

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Educational Studies M.Ed.

 Credit Hours: 30-32

 Program Length: 14 months

 Cost: $650 / $715 per credit

Our online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Studies is a flexible program designed for teachers and other professionals working in educational settings who wish to increase their earning potential, improve their educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools at all levels.

Program Overview

What is educational studies?

Our educational studies master’s degree program is specially designed for teachers and other education professionals who want to advance their careers while continuing to work in their field. You’ll examine issues in education today, analyze current teaching methods and undertake an in-depth research project, exploring an education topic that’s important to you. Whether you’re interested in general issues of educational practice, STEM learning, policy and management or legal issues in education, you’ll have the flexibility to follow your passion while increasing your earning potential, expanding your career options and bringing positive change the education system.

Why study educational studies at UNH?

The education studies program is intentionally flexible, allowing you to further your education while maintaining your job and juggling the demands of family and everyday life. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know your professors and fellow students, and you’ll have the opportunity to study exclusively online or take elective courses on campus. Online courses are offered asynchronously, meaning you may complete readings and assignments on your own time. You’ll be connected with a full-time faculty advisor who will help you develop a manageable academic schedule. Start your program in January, May or August!

Potential careers

  • Charter school director
  • Curriculum developer
  • District administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Education lobbyist
  • Education policy developer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • School principal
  • Tutor

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Studies is a master’s degree program that can be completed fully or partially online. It is designed for educators who wish to expand their knowledge of education, improve their educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools. The M.Ed. is also intended to provide a foundation in educational studies for individuals broadly interested in education in a variety of settings, including business, educational and research centers, and national and state agencies. The program provides a context in which participants can develop tools of inquiry to investigate questions about teaching, mentoring, learning and school reform, and to inspire others to work toward educational change. This program does not lead to a teaching or administrative credential.

The 30 – 32 credit program is structured around a knowledge and application core (12 credits) that includes a course on contemporary issues in education, a course on the analysis of teaching, mentoring and learning, and a course on educational research methods. Program participants will also complete four electives (14 ­ - 16 credits), designed to provide depth or breadth to their course of study. Finally, program participants will complete an inquiry project course in which they develop a literature review on an educational issue of their choice, conduct research, and present their findings in the context of the course (4 credits). The program includes flexible options for study, including a fully online option.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 959Issues in Education4
EDUC 958Analysis of Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 882Introduction to Research Methods4
Elective Courses
Select a set of four elective courses 114-16
Concluding Experience Course
EDUC 884Educators as Researchers4
Total Credits30-32

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Admissions Requirements

The department encourages applications from those who:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Have attained an overall grade-point average of “B” or better in undergraduate coursework;
  • Have completed courses in a broad range of liberal arts disciplines;
  • Have acceptable recommendations from three individuals; and
  • Have satisfactorily completed a personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate education.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are NOT required.

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Application Deadlines

The Graduate School accepts new students into the online Master of Education program three times per year and considers applications on a rolling basis. Priority consideration is given to students whose applications and required materials are received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall/August Admission (e-Term 1): Applications due June 15th
  • Spring/January Admission (e-Term 3): Applications due November 15th 
  • Summer/May Admission (e-Term 5): Applications due March 15th

Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year:

  • $650 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $715 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 30-32

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $51.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50

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Financial Aid

College Work Study and the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan are the two forms of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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