Overview of Graduate Programs

ESU’s Graduate & Extended Studies 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 21 fields of study.

Upon successful completion of an ESU master's degree, students will have satisfied the following Core Thematic Learning Outcomes:

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 and the Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc) in Health Sciences

Finally, Graduate Studies, 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
Accounting, M.S. Business Management
Athletic Training, M.S. Athletic Training
Biology, M.S. Biological Sciences
Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S.
Exercise Science
Communication, M.A. Communication 
Communication Sciences & Disorders, M.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders
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
Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing (GIS / RS) Geography
Health Education, M.S. Health Studies
History, M.A. History
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 & Community Health, M.P.H. Health Studies
Reading, M.Ed. Reading
Special Education, M.Ed. Special Education & Rehabilitation
Sport Management, M.S. Sport Management
Doctoral Degree Programs Academic Department
Educational Leadership & Administration, Ed.D. Professional and Secondary Education
Health Sciences, D.H.Sc.  Exercise Science
Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. Certification Preparation Programs Academic Department
Behavior Analyst & Rehabilitation Special Education
Applied Behavior Analyst & Rehabilitation Special Education
Sequences of study in preparation  for certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education 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
General Science (7-12) Physics
Mathematics (7-12) Mathematics
Physics (7-12) Physics
Social Studies (7-12) History and Geography
Spanish (7-12) Modern Languages, Philosophy & Religious Studies
Speech & Language Impaired (N-12) Communication Sciences & Disorders
Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) Digital Media & Technology
Principal (K-12) Professional & Secondary Education
Reading Specialist (K-12) Reading
Special Education, PreK-8 / 7-12 Special Education & Rehabilitation
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 Graduate & Extended Studies.