Graduate Programs

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For Summer 2015:

M.Ed. – April 30
M.A. and Certificate – May 15FAQ Button

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About the Graduate Programs

Learn how to turn your compassion and convictions into action through education.

IHE’s online graduate programs are designed to give you the skills you need to integrate humane education deeply into your teaching, work, life, community and the world. Our premiere graduate-level programs in humane education are fully accredited and offered through affiliations with Valparaiso and Saybrook universities.

These are the only graduate programs in comprehensive humane education in the United States. They include master’s and graduate certificate programs, all offered in an online format, which allows students from around the world to participate and collaborate. Our faculty members are pioneers in the field of humane education and experienced educators and mentors. Saybrook University offers an Organizational Systems with a one-year concentration in humane education as part of their PhD program.

Interested in learning more or have questions? Submit them using our simple inquiry form.


Learn more about our five master’s degree and certificate programs.

Learn more about Saybrook University’s doctoral degree program.

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Humane Education Core Courses

The humane education core courses are essential to all programs and include:

Students who are interested in taking a single humane education graduate course can apply as “non-degree graduate students.” For details, please contact IHE Director of Education Mary Pat Champeau.


Become Part of a Humane Education Community

As a student of the Institute for Humane Education, you also become part of a vibrant community. IHE is a hub for humane educators to gather, share, network and collaborate. You will find a wealth of information on how to bring the positive effects of humane education into your life, work, communication and actions to create healthy, long-lasting change for all people, animals and the earth. Through our website Resource Center, Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog and more, you’ll connect with humane educators and concerned citizens across the globe.



A special tuition rate of $525 per credit hour is available to students in the M.A. or M.Ed. programs, with the entire degree costing approximately $17,325. Students in the certificate program will pay $560 per credit. Federal loans are available through the Valparaiso University Financial Aid Office for students taking five or more credits.


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For More Information

To find out more or to discuss the programs, please email Director of Education Mary Pat Champeau​, or submit our simple inquiry form.