The Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership - Adult & Higher Education, with a specialization in Adult & Higher Education, is a distinctive master's degree that combines the academic, theoretical and research findings of adult and continuing education with the practical application of the responsibilities and duties of adult and continuing education administrators.  This one-of-a-kind degree program is made possible through a collaboration with the University of South Dakota and the Learning Resources Network (LERN).

This unique program has been designed at the request of adult and continuing education administrators interested in receiving graduate credit by combining the practical, professional education that LERN offers with essential academic education from the University of South Dakota, a highly respected higher education institution.

The combination of USD curriculum and LERN institutes and courses allows working professionals to gain extensive knowledge in the area of adult and higher education, as well as to obtain practical tools that are applicable and beneficial to their organization.

USD Course Requirements for MA in EDL

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Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the Educational Administration and Leadership program. Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Administration Requirements and include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (2.5 for provisional admission).
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning.

For more information about the USD/LERN Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership – Adult & Higher Education program, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at

Non-Degree Seeking Students

LERN courses are open to all who are committed to improving their teaching skills. LERN has a large variety of options to help you gain the tools you need. Browse course options and find the course designed for you!

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Marcia Hawk

I made the decision to pursue a degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota because of its status as a research institution, the availability of online classes and affordability.  My experience has been nothing but extraordinary.  The curriculum is designed to challenge students' intellect by exposing them to the real issues of adult and higher education.  You will indeed be challenged - but you will be prepared for the real world. Marcia Hawk, M.A., Ed.D., (ABD-University of South Dakota