There are three specialization options for the Master’s in Education (MEd): Adult Education, Student Affairs, and Higher Education. 

Adult Education

  • Community education
  • Program development
  • Workplace training and development

Higher Education

  • Entry-level general administrative positions in higher education
  • Program development
  • Institutional development

Student Affairs

  • Residence life
  • Career services
  • Leadership Development
  • Student government

Program Flow

After acceptance, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor and should then meet with his/her assigned advisor. During the second semester of enrollment, the student will identify a graduate committee chair and committee members, establish and submit their program of study to the Graduate School, and clarify plans for the comprehensive examination or master's thesis. Near the completion of course work, the student will write the comprehensive examination. Students writing a thesis will not be required to write a comprehensive examination. 

Delivery Method

All options in Adult and Higher Education are offered as a face-to-face on campus program. Most courses will be delivered using  face-to-face instructional sessions blended with an online component. 


Each masters student's committee must consist of three members. The majority of the committee should be made up of faculty from the degree-granting department.  The chair and one other member must be from the Adult & Higher Education faculty. The third committee member must have academic credentials in the area of the student's program of study and be approved by the Head of the Department of Education and Dean of The Graduate School.


The student should carefully select his/her chair after thorough conversations with members of the Adult & Higher Education faculty. The graduate committee chair will give strong leadership and approval regarding the balance of the committee's potential membership. The committee, as a whole, is subject to the approval of the Head of the Department of Education. The chair will facilitate program approval, comprehensive exam planning and clarification. Chairs and members of a student's committee are subject to change. In addition, revision to the program of study can be made during the course of study with the chair's approval.

Comprehensive Examinations

Near the end of completing course work, MEd students will complete a written comprehensive exam or a Master's Thesis. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the program of study and the ability to interact with the research in that area.  The substantive content of the written exam questions will be determined by the chair in consultation with the committee. Students may be required to meet with the committee to provide oral clarification of their written responses.

If completing a masters thesis in lieu of a comprehensive exam, you will need to discuss thesis credit requirements with your graduate committee chair by the second semester.

Contact Information

Dr. Bryce Hughes, Program Leader and Associate Professor
Phone: 406-994-6419 Email: [email protected]

Dr. Carrie Myers, Professor
Phone: 406-994-4203 Email: [email protected]

Dr. Sweeney Windchief, Associate Professor
Phone: 406-994-3339 Email: [email protected]