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Organizational Development, Training, and Learning (Master's)

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The Organizational Development, Training, and Learning master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults and prepares graduates to understand adult learning theories, instructional design, and organizational culture.

The program emphasizes the synergistic nature of human resources, organizational development, and training operations within organizations. With American businesses investing in excess of $30 billion in employee training and organizational development initiatives each year, it is more important than ever that these efforts be rewarding, provide a return on investment (ROI), and produce desired change within an organization.

Customize your Organizational and Professional Communication master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Conduct a training needs assessment within the context of local and international organizations.

  • Design training programs using best practices and theoretical applications from the fields of human resources, communication, training, and organizational development.

  • Develop, select, and administer training programs from conception to final assessment to produce desired change within an organization.

  • Utilize technology in planning, designing, and implementing organizational development and training plans.
  • Organizational and Professional Communication Outcomes

    This program prepares students to:

    • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills across organizational, professional, and social settings
    • Utilize knowledge of theoretical foundations and applied techniques to expand one's comfort level with communication choices across settings
    • Display critical thinking processes: analyze, understand, and evaluate communication within organizations and as part of external professional situations
    • Utilize creativity in constructing, assessing, and/or managing problem solving, decision making or conflict processes and interactions; demonstrate the ability to revise such processes for more effective outcomes as needed
    • Understand the nature and needs of group/team processes as they relate to and operate within organizations
    • Demonstrate social awareness, responsibility, and sensitivity for the communication required in culturally diverse groups
    • Develop knowledge and skills within one or two communication specialties which enhance and clarify professional direction, career objectives, or personal development

Required Courses

MPS in Organizational and Professional Communication with a concentration in Organizational Development, Training, and Learning requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

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Careers in Organizational Development, Training, and Learning

Organizational Development Specialist, Strategic Design Manager, Organizational Development Analyst, Training Developer, Training and Development Director, Consultant, Business Coach, Human Resources Specialist, Media Specialist, Instructional Designer, Education Technologist, Technology Specialist, Instructional Coordinator.

Strategy development, training, planning, research, collaboration, management, data analysis, talent review, problem-solving.

Job growth for human resources and development professionals is expected to rise much faster than the average at 21% through 2020. Instructional specialists and technologists are also on the rise, claiming up to 28% growth through 2020. From new employee orientation to continuing education for existing workers, training and development needs to be handled by knowledgeable, savvy professionals.

Careers in Organizational and Professional Communication

Communicate success
Top communicators get the top rankings! Public relations specialists, marketing researchers, art directors, and marketing managers all placed among the top 100 best careers in a 2013 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. And although communication, public relations, and media jobs tend to be in larger, metropolitan areas, there is a trend that clearly shows a dispersal of job openings across the nation. Whether you're looking to enter creative services, mediation, media, training and development, or another communication field, the key is to prove ingenuity, resilience, and communication savvy.

Stay ahead of the curve!
New media, new technology, and new global opportunities are all the rage within the communication industry, as employers seek industrious professionals who have innovative skills and can bring something new and dynamic to the table. By next year, total marketing spend will have shifted drastically: interactive online marketing will reach $55 billion and search marketing will grow 15% per year to reach $32 billion. Those with an innate ability to generate creative solutions, think innovatively, and market themselves will likely excel within the organizational and professional communication field.

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