Adult and Community College Education


Master of Education or Master of Science | Adult and Community College Education

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Entrance Exam: Not required

The Adult and Community College Education program prepares students to serve a wide spectrum of both formal and informal adult learning organizations. It proudly reflects NC State's land-grant, research-intensive, tripartite commitment to quality instruction, research scholarship, and service outreach.

With a primary commitment to part-time students who are full-time working professionals, the master's degrees in Adult and Community College Education provide opportunities to specialize in three areas Adult and Continuing Professional EducationCommunity College Teaching and Health Professions Education. All three concentrations can be completed online.

Both Master of Education (M.Ed.)  and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees can be completed online. The M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 36 credits, while the M.S. program requires from 48 to 54 credits.


We accept students from a wide range of educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in any field. International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 100 or higher. Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including undergraduate GPA, work history, and interest in the field.

Applications for admission are accepted year-round and are applicable for the first available term. Students are formally admitted only in summer session I or II or in fall semester.


The Master of Education degree requires 36 credits. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $16,308 for North Carolina residents and $45,396 for non-residents. The Master of Science program, which requires from 48 to 54 credit hours, is charged at the same rates. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details. 

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallFebruary 1 for M.Ed., M.S.
SpringSept 20 for M.Ed. students only
Summer 1August 31, 2019 - Early application deadline; December 31, 2019 for Charlotte Ed.D. cohort beginning Summer, 2020
Summer 1August 31, 2020 - Early application deadline; December 31, 2020 for Raleigh Ed.D. cohort beginning Summer, 2021

Dr. Chad Hoggan

Program Coordinator

College of Education