Get the practical knowledge to lead distance education programs with a master's degree in distance education and e-learning.

In the award-winning Master of Distance Education and E-Learning at University of Maryland University College, you'll learn the latest management strategies and gain the field experience to design and lead distance education programs with confidence. Choose from career-relevant specializations to develop essential skills implementing distance learning technology, managing online faculty, and directing the business aspects of distance education programs.

UMUC is an internationally recognized leader of distance education programming and policy. Whether you're new to the field, changing careers, or looking to move up, you'll enhance your credentials with a respected degree and prepare for a wide range of mid- and senior-level management roles in the rapidly growing field of distance education enterprise.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

Additional Information

This program is intended to prepare managers and leaders in the field of distance education, not technologists or teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program

How does the MEd differ from the MDE? +

The Master of Education focuses on integrating technology into the pre-K–12 classroom to advance K–12 student teaching, learning and leadership. The emphasis is on instructional applications in the K–12 schools, management and leadership of pre-K–12 technology initiatives, and technical expertise in the use of instructional technology.

The Master of Distance Education focuses on managing distance education training initiatives across the occupational spectrum. The program is intended to apply to business, government, and nonprofit organizations, as well as education. Students learn about areas of distance education, such as history, theory, technology, organizational structures, marketing, management, and business skills.