University of Maryland University College

Graduate School

Master of Distance Education - Distance Education Policy and Management



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Distance Education - Distance Education Policy and Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

The recent rapid growth of distance education - and e-learning - in both public and private education, as well as in the training sectors, has created an enormous demand for qualified professionals. Get the comprehensive, practical knowledge you need to lead the distance education enterprise within educational, business, government, and non-profit organizations. Graduates of the UMUC Master of Distance Education program will be able to: develop and communicate a mission and vision for the implementation of distance education within an organization; function effectively as leader, manager and team member within a distance education or training organization; develop strategic goals and business plans for distance education within an organization; analyze and recommend an organizational distance education technology plan, and manage the implementation of that technology in distance delivery; and design, implement, and assess the necessary support services for a distance education program. The specialization in distance education policy and management in the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning (MDE) program focuses on the reason why investment in education is valued by governments and individuals and how distance education programs are budgeted and costs evaluated. The goal of the MDE program is to educate managers and leaders in the field of distance education, not technologists or teachers. All specializations present substantial aspects of management competencies.


Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and certified by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. UMUC is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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