Masters Programs

The School of Education at Colorado State University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Education and Human Resource Studies and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. This M.S. option can be completed through a campus-based delivery or through an online delivery.  Within the M.Ed. degree program, we offer four different specializations - each geared to an area of theoretical and career interest for its graduate students. Some of these specializations are strictly campus-based, and others have a mix of online and campus-based delivery.  Each of these four specializations are described briefly below, and have links to more detailed information about their curriculum, sequencing, and instructional delivery.

M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies

Adult Education and Training

Our Adult Education and Training (AET) specialization is offered through both campus-based and Distance Education options. This program is designed to prepare practitioners for planning and instructional responsibilities appropriate for adult learners in postsecondary, community, and corporate settings.

Counseling and Career Development

Our Counseling and Career Development (CCD) specialization is offered only through campus-based delivery, and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We offer three different tracks within our training program, 1) school counseling for professionals who wish to work with youth in K-12 educational settings, 2) career counseling for professionals who wish to work in college career centers, workforce centers, or other career-related services, and 3) college counseling for professionals who wish to work primarily in community college and university counseling centers.

Education Sciences

Our Education Sciences specialization is designed for individuals preparing for leadership positions in public education. Students in this specialization will develop leadership skills necessary to direct educational programs, become facilitators of educational change, and implement new problem-solving approaches. There are two options within this specialization - Administration/Principal Licensure or Teacher Licensure. The Administration option is offered on-campus and through distance delivery at school sites in Northern Colorado. The Teacher Licensure option is offered via distance delivery only at various school sites across Northern Colorado.

Organizational Learning, Performance and Change

Our Organizational Learning, Performance and Change (OLPC)  specialization is offered through online delivery only. This masters program is designed for HRD and management professionals who are responsible for optimizing human capital and organizational performance. The course work addresses skill development and understanding related to strategic performance management, and organization change issues and processes.

M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Student Affairs in Higher Education

Finally, our M. S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) is a program designed for students seeking careers in college student personnel services and administration. The two-year, 45 credit hour program is open to a limited number of students annually. Students interesed in SAHE may choose either on-campus or online delivery.


There is a ten-year time limit for completion of the master's or doctoral degrees. Courses to be applied toward fulfilling the requirements for the master's and doctoral degrees, including any which may have been transferred from another institution, must have been registered for and completed within the ten years immediately preceding the date of competition of requirements for the degrees.