Master of Science in Experiential Education

What is it?

Experiential Education is a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to learning, teaching, and leading that integrates direct experience with focused reflection for developing new knowledge, relevant life skills, and socially-conscious dispositions. The mission of the MS in Experiential Education program is to prepare professionals and educators for effectively and ethically leading, teaching, and facilitating experiential learning for ALL learners - all ages, all abilities, all cultures, all identities. The curriculum offers theory courses on philosophies and instructional modalities that are integrated with independent learning courses to provide opportunities for direct experiences and to apply experiential learning principles and strategies. The experiential education faculty embrace active learning, peer-to-peer interactive seminar approaches, small group collaboration, and project-based learning.

Who is it for?

The MS in Experiential Education is for working professionals or fulltime graduate students who are interested in exploring their passions for leading/teaching/facilitating experiential learning in formal or non-formal education-related settings. Many of our students come from outdoor adventure academic or professional backgrounds, but our program is equally appropriate for educators and leaders who are not focused on the outdoors or adventure. Our graduates are working in the United States and around the globe in PK-12 schools, higher education, alternative education settings, nonprofit agencies, and private sector businesses.

Where is it offered?

The MS in Experiential Education is offered in full at the Mankato main campus. Parts of the program can be completed through independent distance learning options.

When is it offered?

Courses are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly on weeknights, usually beginning at 4:30 or 5:00 pm.

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For more information, email:

Julie Carlson, Ed.D.
Coordinator of MS in Experiential Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Phone: 507-389-5441