Ph.D. in Adult Education

Would you like to develop your knowledge as an educator and find solutions to adult education issues? Whether you are already employed in an adult education program or just entering the field, our program will provide you with courses and experiences to further your professional development. Our graduates work in school-based and non-school-based adult education settings.

This program is offered on campus only.

Degree Overview

Coursework - 90 hours

Our program is flexible enough to allow you to tailor your coursework to best meet your learning needs. In consultation with your advisor, you select 90 hours of coursework to complete the doctoral program. Most students distribute their coursework as follows:

  • Core Courses - 21 hours

  • Specialty Courses - 6 hours

  • Foundations Courses - 6 hours

  • Research Courses - 15 hours

  • Dissertation - 10 hours

  • Transfer Courses - 30 hours

    • Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred in to the program (usually from a Master’s degree).  Alternatively, you can take additional elective hours for this section with the approval of your advisor

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Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 01/11/2024