Master of Arts in Education

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2024!

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2024

Geared toward working education professionals,  the master’s program deepens your understanding of important issues affecting education today and helps you to develop more effective strategies to meet the needs of students of all ages. 

Work closely with faculty who are dedicated to supporting your growth and success with a focus on critical pedagogy, equity and social justice, and rigorous research -- all in a collaborative environment.  Courses are offered exclusively online and in the evenings, providing a convenient and flexible schedule.  

However, you don’t need to be a teacher or have a credential to apply. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply!


Applicants for admission to the M.A. Ed. program must:

  • hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution (or equivalent academic preparation). 
  • be in good academic standing at the last university attended. 
  • have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units attempted (90 quarter units).


    1. Apply to Humboldt: Cal State Apply (CSU) 
    2. Review Deadlines:  CSU Credential Application Deadlines

    If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to us at or 707-826-5867. You may also contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Marisol Ruiz at or 707-826-3738.

    Applicants who are denied admissions can appeal the admissions decision. The appeal will be reviewed by the admissions committee including the chair, program leader and program coordinator. 


    MA in Education Course Sequence

    Total Core Course Units: 18 units including thesis/project

    Fall 2023

    • EDUC 610 Education and Society (3 units)
    • EDUC 620 Pedagogy (3 units)
    • Area of Emphasis (3-6 units)**

    Spring 2024

    • EDUC 682 Mixed Methods Research in Education (4 units)
    • EDUC 645 Academic Writing (2 units)
    • **Area of Emphasis (3 - 6 units)

    Fall 2024

    • EDUC 655 Educational Research (3 units)
    • Thesis/Project (3 units)*
    • **Area of Emphasis (3 - 6 units)


    **Area of Emphasis: Courses are selected in consultation with an advisor to complete additional 12 unit requirements. 12 units may be satisfied by educational leadership, elementary education, secondary education, special education post-baccalaureate credential courses with advisor approval if course completion meets the 7 years course currency requirement. (All courses must be completed within 7 years prior to graduation.)

    *Thesis may be completed spring 2025


    Program Learning Outcomes

    • Articulate a pedagogical or theoretical framework that connects one’s positionality and research question/project.
    • Explore, analyze, and synthesize qualitative and/or quantitative research in order to develop a thesis project that will address a need identified in the literature and/or practice.
    • Write effectively with authority and clarity regarding areas of expertise.
    • Develop, implement and reflect upon one's research.  


    Graduate Faculty

    Rouhollah Aghasaleh

    Rouhollah Aghasaleh

    Assistant Professor

    Tristan Gleason

    Tristan Gleason

    Associate Professor

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    Jayne McGuire

    Special Education Program Leader & Professor

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    Libbi Miller

    Department co-Chair & Associate Professor

    Teacher education, literacy, digital literacy, educational techology, radical pedagogies.

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    Marisol Ruiz Gonzalez

    Graduate Program Coordinator & Professor

    Kijung Ryu

    Kijung Ryu

    Assistant Professor

    Sara Sterner

    Sara Sterner

    LSEE Program Leader & Assistant Professor

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    James Woglom

    Department co-Chair & Associate Professor