Overview of Graduate Programs

ESU’s graduate programs prepare students for a complex, changing global society, with master’s degrees – Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) – in 22 fields of study.

Upon successful completion of an ESU master's degree, students will be able to:

Mastery of Specific Discipline

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in academic, professional, or research settings.

Professional and Ethical Behavior

  • Demonstrate the standards of ethics and conduct in their profession.
  • Comprehend the impact of their professional actions upon themselves and others while working diligently to achieve positive outcomes.


  • Be proficient in performing and/or understanding the research process.
  • Read, analyze and write consistently within the standards of their field.


  • Communicate effectively in a variety of modes as required in a discipline specific professional setting.

Critical, Innovative, and Creative Thinking

  • Identify and analyze critical issues for holistic understanding.
  • Challenge and evaluate information.
  • Synthesize and integrate knowledge.
  • Formulate new ideas.

Additionally, ESU offers the Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) in Administration and Leadership Studies on the ESU campus through an agreement with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Finally, the Graduate College, in cooperation with the Office of Extended Learning and academic departments across the campus, offers more than 15 post-baccalaureate certification preparation programs and numerous extended learning opportunities for professional development.

The following is a current list of master’s degree, certificate of recognition, doctoral, and state and national certification preparation programs, with the ESU academic department in which they are housed:

ESU Master's Degree Programs

Academic Department

Athletic Training, M.S.

Athletic Training

Biology, M.Ed., M.S.

Biological Sciences

Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S.

Exercise Science

Computer Science, M.S.

Computer Science

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Exercise Science, M.S.

Exercise Science

General Science, M.S.

Geography, Physics, Biology, Chemistry

Health Education, M.S.

Health Studies

Health & Physical Education, M.Ed.

Physical Education

History, M.Ed., M.A.


Information Security, M.S.

Computer Science

Instructional Technology, M.Ed.

Media Communications & Technology

Management & Leadership, M.S.

Public Administration

Political Science

Sport Management

Sport Management

Political Science, M.A., M.Ed.

Political Science

Professional and New Media Writing, M.A.


Professional & Secondary Education, M.Ed.

Professional & Secondary Education

Public Health, M.P.H.

Health Studies

Reading, M.Ed.


Special Education, M.Ed.

Special Education & Rehabilitation

Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

Speech Language Pathology

Sport Management, M.S.

Sport Management

ESU-IUP Doctoral Degree Program Academic Department
Administration and Leadership Studies, D.Ed. Professional & Secondary Education
Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. Certification Preparation Programs Academic Department
Behavior Analyst & Rehabilitation Special Education
Applied Behavior Analyst & Rehabilitation Special Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education Approved Certification Programs Academic Department
Instructional I, Specialist, Supervisor, etc.
Biology (7-12) Biological Sciences
Chemistry (7-12) Chemistry
Earth & Space Science (7-12) Physics
English (7-12) English
English as a Second Language Early Childhood & Elementary Education
French (7-12) Foreign Languages
General Science (7-12) Physics
German (7-12) Foreign Languages
Health (K-12) Health Studies
Health & Physical Education (K-12) Physical Education
Mathematics (7-12) Mathematics
Physics (7-12) Physics
Social Studies (7-12) History
Spanish (7-12) Foreign Languages
Speech & Language Impaired (N-12) Speech-Language Pathology
Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) Media Communications & Technology
Principal (K-12) Professional & Secondary Education
Reading Specialist (K-12) Reading
Special Education Supervisor Special Education & Rehabilitation

ESU also offers a program that prepares a teacher to become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), available through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

This certification preparation program is coordinated by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education with assistance from the Office of Extended Learning.