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.
Distance education is becoming huge in the corporate world, and those who know how to do it well can make real significant positive change for literally millions of people…. That's why I'm in the master's program.
Senior Technical Trainer, Computer Science Corporation
Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree with Distance Education Technology Specialization
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief academic officer
- Content developer
- Courseware designer
- Freelance consultant
- Instructional designer
- Instructional technologist
- Program director
- Research associate
- Strategic account manager
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Anne Arundel Community College
- Open University UK
- Oxford University
- University of Oldenburg
- University of South Africa
- University of Windsor
Our faculty are also affiliated with several distance learning associations and editorial boards, including:
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
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.