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 (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Finally, the Graduate College, in cooperation with academic departments across the campus, offers more than 15 post-baccalaureate certification preparation programs.

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
Teaching the Developing Child, 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
History, M.Ed., M.A. History
Information Security, M.S. Computer Science
Instructional Technology, M.Ed. Digital Media Technologies
Management & Leadership, M.S.
   Public Administration Political Science
   Sport Management Sport Management
   Organizational Behavior
Business Management
Political Science, M.A. Political Science
Professional and Digital Media Writing, M.A. English
Professional & Secondary Education, M.Ed. Professional & Secondary Education
Public Health, M.P.H. Health Studies
Reading, M.Ed. Reading
Special Education, M.Ed. Special Education & Rehabilitation
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S. Speech Language Pathology
Sport Management, M.S. Sport Management
Doctoral Degree Programs Academic Department
Educational Administration and Leadership, Ed.D. Professional and 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
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
Superintendent, Letter of Eligibility Professional and Secondary Education

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.