Prepare to become a leader in global distance education with the master's degree in distance education and e-learning with a specialization in distance education policy and management.

In the distance education policy and management specialization at University of Maryland University College, you'll gain a solid foundation in both business management and distance education leadership principles that you can apply to a wide range of institutions and programs. You'll learn how to develop new programs, evaluate existing programs, implement programs in developing countries, and help organizations compete in the global marketplace of distance education.

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.

About the Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree with Distance Education Policy and Management Specialization

Courses in the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning program with a distance education policy and management specialization feature topics such as distance and e-learning technology; learning environment interaction, collaboration, and participation; costs and economics involved in distance learning; and distance learner support.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Perform quantitative data analysis for researching program effectiveness
  • Apply education theory and learning models as well as various teaching and learning frameworks in distance education
  • Select learning technologies
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis for distance learning programs
  • Understand different organizational and staffing models in distance education as well as different leadership styles
  • Manage change in organizations
  • Manage international distance learning programs in developing countries
  • Apply intellectual property issues and digital rights management
  • Develop and deliver library resources online to a faculty and student population

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a personal learning environment to use throughout the course of the degree program
  • Submit a project proposal for the introduction of multimedia learning in a corporate or academic setting, and prepare an audio or video presentation to convince the director of an e-learning department to provide the project funds
  • Submit a proposal for improving enterprise learning based on a case study and a needs analysis for a real organization
  • Create a design and proposal for a new distance learning enterprise, including a context analysis, a learning design, a storyboard for the prototype course, and a project management plan
  • Design a learner support model for a public or private educational institution or corporate or military training program

Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree with Distance Education Policy and Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • OMDE 601
  • OMDE 603
  • OMDE 610
  • OMDE 606
  • OMDE 608

Specialization Courses

  • DEPM 604
  • DEPM 609
  • DETT 611
  • DEPM 650
  • DEPM 622
  • DEPM 625

Capstone Course

  • OMDE 670

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Additional Information

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