In the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn the management strategies and gain the practical experience to design and lead distance education programs with confidence. You'll develop essential skills in implementing distance learning technology, managing online faculty, and directing the business aspects of distance education programs. This program will help you acquire the unique skills and knowledge to maintain a successful enterprise in a technology-mediated learning environment.

Although the MDE is not intended as a teacher preparation program, it provides the theory, best practices, and background that are relevant for teaching and administration. You can make a difference by expanding learning opportunities for others.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher certification in Maryland.

About the Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply education theory, learning models, and various teaching and learning frameworks in distance education
  • Develop and manage distance education curricula
  • Manage intellectual property and digital rights
  • Select learning technologies
  • Perform cost/benefit analyses for distance learning programs
  • Work with various organizational and staffing models in distance education as well as different leadership styles
  • Apply distance learning programs in the workplace to drive professional development
  • Manage change in organizations
  • Perform quality assurance and project management of e-learning initiatives

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a personal learning environment to use throughout the course of the 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 needs analysis for a real organization
  • Create a design and proposal for a new distance learning enterprise
  • Create a prototype online course, including context analysis, learning design, a storyboard, 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 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 Courses

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

  • OMDE 601
  • OMDE 610
  • OMDE 603
  • OMDE 608
  • OMDE 606
  • DETT 611
  • DETT 607
  • DETC 620
  • DEPM 604
  • DETT 621
  • DEPM 622

Capstone Course

  • OMDE 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • Courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • Sequential courses may be taken concurrently.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to lead, manage, develop, evaluate, and implement distance learning programs in a wide range of academic and training contexts.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

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

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program

How does the MEd differ from the MDE? +

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 and training in a variety contexts. The program is intended to apply to education at all levels as well as business, government, and nonprofit organizations that may use distance learning for training and staff development. Students learn about distance education history, theory, technology, organizational structures, marketing, management, and business skills.