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Graduate & Professional Studies Division


We recognize the benefits and rewards of earning a graduate degree and we also recognize the time commitment our students devote to their programs. At McDaniel College, we welcome students of all ages, interests, and professions, as we know they will bring enrichment to their classrooms. Whether face-to-face over a full fifteen-week semester, virtually through an abbreviated eight-week semester, or off-campus through an education cohort in conjunction with an area school district, there are a variety of course delivery modes to make earning a degree flexible.

Graduate students will have the benefit of an assigned advisor to help walk them through their course selections to ensure they receive the full value of their graduate certificate or master’s degree. Pursuing postgraduate studies is a great way to further boost your career, and each program offers a culminating experience through either a capstone, thesis, final project, or internship, allowing you to gain first-hand experience in your field.

Explore McDaniel College's range of graduate degrees and certificates and discover how you can take the next step in your career.

Graduate Mission

The First Principles have long committed the College to the development of liberally educated women and men who think critically, creatively, and humanely. The philosophical outlook of Graduate and Professional Studies is grounded in these principles.

The mission of Graduate and Professional Studies is to prepare culturally competent professionals committed to leadership in their field. Students are placed in the center of a community rich in the liberal arts tradition. An emphasis on the foundation of knowledge and critical decision making based on current research, theory and practice are central to the various programs.

To accomplish this mission, the Graduate and Professional Studies program at the College prepares professionals who:

  • are specialists in their field of study and who value the balance and interdependence of current theory, research and practice;
  • advocate for and facilitate the personal growth and well being of a diverse clientele;
  • use appropriate technology, assessment and analytical tools to solve problems and make decisions in their field;
  • are prepared to interact, communicate and practice in a variety of settings with unique constraints and cultures; and
  • are committed to life-long learning and continuing their own personal growth in order to stay current in their profession.


McDaniel College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed below have been awarded initial accreditation status by AAQEP through June 30, 2029. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP-Accredited Graduate and Professional Studies Programs at McDaniel College:

  • Master of Science in Teaching - Elementary
    Official seal of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
  • Master of Science in Teaching - Secondary Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, Physics, Social Studies
  • Master of Science in Teaching - Pk-12 Art, Music, Spanish, French
  • Master of Science in Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership
  • Master of Science in School Librarianship
  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Counseling (School Counseling)
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Administrator I
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in STEM Instructional Leader
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education Specialist (GATES)
Vickie Mazer, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Vickie Mazer joins McDaniel as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Vickie Mazer has joined McDaniel College as the new dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. At McDaniel, she is responsible for providing leadership and support of the college’s more than 20 master’s degree and certificate programs. Many of McDaniel’s graduate programs can be completed online or in blended format of online and in-person.

Connect With Us

Graduate and Professional Studies

Phone: 410-857-2500

Office: Merritt Hall, 2nd floor