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2022 Best Adult & Continuing Education Master's Degree Schools

51 Colleges in the United States
775 Master's Degrees
Adult & Continuing Education is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #164 most popular master's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 51 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for adult and continuing education students pursuing a master's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 775 master's degrees in adult and continuing education to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Adult & Continuing Education School for Your Master's Degree

Best Adult & Continuing Education Master's Degree Schools Your choice of adult and continuing education for getting your master's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on adult and continuing education students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of adult and continuing education students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized adult and continuing education related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for adult and continuing education students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Adult & Continuing Education Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Adult & Continuing Education in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for adult and continuing education students seeking a a master's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Adult and Continuing Ed

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in adult and continuing education has to check out University of Pennsylvania. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Teachers College at Columbia University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in adult and continuing education. Teachers College is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Teachers College at Columbia University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Texas A&M University - College Station if you want to pursue a master's degree in adult and continuing education. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the city of College Station.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Texas A&M University - College Station

#4

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

Seattle University is a great option for individuals interested in a master's degree in adult and continuing education. Located in the city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Seattle University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the city of Minneapolis.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
27 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Rutgers University - New Brunswick

#7

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16 Annual Graduates

UGA is a very large public university located in the city of Athens.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from University of Georgia

#8

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

Drake is a small private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Drake University

#9

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from James Madison University

#10

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
14 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in adult and continuing education from Western Washington University

Adult & Continuing Education by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Adult & Continuing Education is one of 11 different types of Teacher Education Grade Specific programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Elementary Education 7,817
Secondary Education 4,910
Teacher Education 4,351
Teacher Development & Methodology 3,684
Early Childhood Education 3,475
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 632
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 205
Montessori Teacher Education 190
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods 177
Online Educator/Online Teaching 30

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Vgrigas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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