Graduate Programs

Fuel your passion.

What is Humane Education?

Humane education explores the connections between human rights, environmental sustainability, animal protection, and culture & changemaking with the goal of preparing people to address and solve systemic problems in ways that do the most good and least harm for humans, animals, and the natural world.

What you will study in the humane education graduate programs:

  • To teach about the interconnected issues that affect people, animals, and the environment using an intersectional, solutionary approach. 
  • To inspire and educate for change. 
  • To employ education for effective changemaking in any setting. 

“IHE’s graduate program helped me to articulate the need for systemic changes within the educational system and inspired me to envision possibilities for how my work could catalyze and contribute to such change.”

Ariane White, M.Ed. graduate

There has never been a better time to become a humane educator – complete this inquiry form to learn more.

A Word from the Director of Graduate Programs

Mary Pat Champeau, IHE Director of Graduate Programs, discusses why the humane education graduate program is so unique, what students can expect from the online experience, and what graduates can do with their degrees.

Complete this inquiry form to set up a time to discuss your goals and program interests with Mary Pat.

Program Overview

Students can complete the online graduate programs from anywhere in the world. The programs include an optional one-week residential component offered as a 3-credit course each summer at IHE’s oceanfront campus in Surry, Maine. 

The graduate programs feature:

  • Rigorous coursework delivered by faculty who are experts in their content areas
  • Strong emphasis on community
  • Strategies for educating about environmental, animal, and social justice  
  • Assignments that encourage students to explore their own attitudes, values, strengths, biases, and aspirations 
  • Video-conference discussions and individual mentoring 
  • A highly-connected online environment where each person’s unique experiences and aspirations are valued 

Degree Programs

M.Ed. in Humane Education (33 credits)
M.A. in Humane Education (33 credits)
Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (15 credits)
Ed.D. with a specialization in Humane Education

All programs are offered online with three entry points per year (spring, summer, fall).

Career Outlook

Graduates from our graduate program in humane education work as changemakers in many different fields. Graduates teach at all levels of education; work for non-profit organizations as leaders and outreach educators; bring about cultural transformation through the arts, media, business, and technology; and have launched entrepreneurial initiatives. Read about some of our graduates here.

Admissions and Tuition

Admissions Requirements: An undergraduate degree from an accredited university, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, $50 application fee. If you’re in need of an application fee waiver, contact

Tuition: $732 per credit hour. Please see Tuition and Admission for more information. Financial Aid Available.

Try Us Out Program: Our partner, Antioch University New England (AUNE), includes humane education classes in their special program where first-time non-matriculated students can register for up to 3 credits to “Try Us Out.” This program includes a discounted tuition cost. You’ll pay only $1,000 for one 3-credit course or $333.33 per credit. 

Please contact for more information. Credits may be transferable into a master’s program at AUNE or other institutions.