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Adult, Professional, and Community Education (Master's)

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This program has dedicated, learner-centered faculty who are leaders in the field, a culture of collaboration and collegiality, a focus on reflective practice, emphasizing both theory and skills to become more effective practitioners and leaders, and course delivery formats for working professionals (night, hybrid, and online courses).

The program has been recognized for curriculum innovation by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jeremy Bohonos
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

Advisor Support
Kassi Redwine
Academic Services Building South (ASBS), Room 306

“This is a unique program and allows us to expand our professional interests.ˮ

— Gisell Lumbreras, M.A '17

Course Work

This is a 36- to 39-hour thesis-optional program with a common core of courses that provides the expertise and experience to develop and lead a variety of adult education programs. In addition to the common core, which includes a supervised internship, students are encouraged to take courses appropriate to their career-focused specializations: adult ESL (offered on-campus and online) and workplace, community, and continuing education (offered fully online). Students selecting the thesis option complete a supervised research project, which provides excellent preparation for doctoral study or research-focused positions. Those electing the non-thesis option will complete a written comprehensive examination and may elect six additional hours of elective course work.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Adult ESL 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Adult ESL 39 Thesis No minor
M.A. Work, Community and Continuing Education 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Work, Community and Continuing Education 39 Thesis No minor
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Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

The program is diverse with local and international students. Graduates have gone on to make a difference as community educators, corporate trainers, higher education professionals, and educational leaders.

Program Mission

The master of arts (M.A.) in adult, professional, and community education is an academically rigorous and student-focused program, designed for individuals working in or aspiring to work in adult education programs in diverse settings including community-based organizations, government agencies, business and industry, and post-secondary education programs for adults. The program prepares reflective practitioners to teach, develop, and manage adult educational programs and to conduct applied research for the improvement of practice.

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Program Faculty

The faculty members in this program are a unique group of individuals from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and nationally recognized for their accomplishments. Their research has been published in top-tier journals such as Adult Education Quarterly, Adult Learning, Journal of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Development International, Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. They also provide national and international leadership as journal editors and reviewers.

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Career Options

The program educates scholar-practitioners for diverse roles as teachers, staff developers, evaluators, and administrators. Graduates are found in government agencies, corporations, colleges and universities, the military, and community organizations including libraries, museums, parks, schools, workforce development foundations, NGOs, social services, religious organizations, adult literacy, adult basic education, and ESL programs.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • three letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of you as a student or as a professional
  • writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) discussing a major issue currently confronting adult education. Please draw on your own experiences, detailing your position on the subject. 

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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