Educational Studies M.Ed.

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Educational Studies M.Ed.

What is educational studies?

Our educational studies master’s degree program is specially designed for teachers and other education professionals who want to advance their careers while continuing to work in their field. You’ll examine issues in education today, analyze current teaching methods and undertake an in-depth research project, exploring an education topic that’s important to you. Whether you’re interested in general issues of educational practice, STEM learning, policy and management or legal issues in education, you’ll have the flexibility to follow your passion while increasing your earning potential, expanding your career options and bringing positive change the education system.

Why study educational studies at UNH?

The education studies program is intentionally flexible, allowing you to further your education while maintaining your job and juggling the demands of family and everyday life. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know your professors and fellow students, and you’ll have the opportunity to study exclusively online or take elective courses on campus. Online courses are offered asynchronously, meaning you may complete readings and assignments on your own time. You’ll be connected with a full-time faculty advisor who will help you develop a manageable academic schedule. Start your program in January, May or August!

Potential careers

  • Charter school director
  • Curriculum developer
  • District administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Education lobbyist
  • Education policy developer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • School principal
  • Tutor


Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Studies is a master’s degree program that can be completed fully or partially online. It is designed for educators who wish to expand their knowledge of education, improve their educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools. The M.Ed. is also intended to provide a foundation in educational studies for individuals broadly interested in education in a variety of settings, including business, educational and research centers, and national and state agencies. The program provides a context in which participants can develop tools of inquiry to investigate questions about teaching, mentoring, learning and school reform, and to inspire others to work toward educational change. This program does not lead to a teaching or administrative credential.

The 30 – 32 credit program is structured around a knowledge and application core (12 credits) that includes a course on contemporary issues in education, a course on the analysis of teaching, mentoring and learning, and a course on educational research methods. Program participants will also complete four electives (14 ­ - 16 credits), designed to provide depth or breadth to their course of study. Finally, program participants will complete an inquiry project course in which they develop a literature review on an educational issue of their choice, conduct research, and present their findings in the context of the course (4 credits). The program includes flexible options for study, including a fully online option.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 959Issues in Education4
EDUC 958Analysis of Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 882Introduction to Research Methods4
Elective Courses
Select a set of four elective courses 114-16
Concluding Experience Course
EDUC 884Educators as Researchers4
Total Credits30-32

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Application Fee: $65.00 (Pay Fee Online)

Supporting Materials: Supporting materials should only be sent after you have completed and submitted your online application.

Supporting materials should be sent to the Graduate School at:

UNH Graduate School 
Thompson Hall 
105 Main Street 
Durham, NH 03824

Transcripts: Non-UNH or UNH Prior to 9/1991: Request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended for at least one year. International transcripts must be translated into English. You may send transcripts yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

UNH Post 9/1991: If you attended UNH after September 1st, 1991 and have indicated this on your application, then our office will retrieve your academic transcript internally. This includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth then you must submit original transcripts.

Paper Transcripts should be mailed to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall - 105 Main Street Durham, NH 03824

Electronic Transcripts: We will only accept official electronic transcripts if they are emailed to our office directly from the institution. All transcripts must be emailed to this address:

Letters of Recommendation (3 required): Request referees to submit a letter of recommendation using our letter of recommendation request form. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends will not be accepted. Placement credentials over three years old may be accepted as one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation older than one year are not considered acceptable. Letter of Recommendation Request Form and Instructions.

Personal Statement/Essay: In no more than two pages, describe the reasons you wish to pursue the degree program you have chosen, including relevant personal qualities and life experiences that have shaped your beliefs about learning, development and teaching, counseling, or administration (depending on the program to which you are applying).

It is strongly recommended that you submit your essay using the online application form. However, as an alternative, you may email them to us at or mail a copy directly to our office.

International: All prospective international students are required to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores.

Residency: If claiming In-State residency you must submit our Proof of Residency Form.

Important Notes: 
All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Financial aid information can be found on the department Financial Aid page.

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