Organizational Development, Training, and Learning (Master's)
Design impactful training programs that creatively communicate vital content and change organizational behavior.
With American businesses investing in excess of $70 billion in employee training and organizational development initiatives last year according to Forbes, it is more important than ever that these efforts be rewarding, provide a return on investment, and produce desired change within an organization. Develop valuable skills in adult learning, instructional design, and organizational training in this concentration ideal for trainers, instructors, consultants, and coaches. You’ll learn to:
- Conduct training needs assessments
- Design and deliver training programs
- Use technology in planning, delivery, and evaluation
- Assess outcomes and effectiveness of training programs
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.
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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
Business Coach, Education Specialist, Human Resources Specialist, Instructional Coordinator, Instructional Designer, Organizational Development Analyst, Organizational Development Practitioner; Organizational Development Specialist, Professional Development Coordinator, Strategic Design Manager, Training Developer, Training and Development Director
Assessing employee knowledge, productivity , and satisfaction; assisting management with organizational change; collecting and reviewing employee data; diagnosing policy and staffing problems; implementing and overseeing professional development and training programs; participating in strategic planning and development processes; recruiting and reviewing talent pools
Organizational development professionals are employed across all industries to help promote and sustain talent levels within organizations. According to the 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook produced by Forbes Magazine, spending on corporate training grew by 15% in 2013 to over $70 billion in the US and over $130 billion worldwide, the highest growth rate this field has seen in seven years. From new hire orientations to continuing education for existing workers, companies are expected to continue looking to this pool of professionals to stay on top of changing workforce needs and trends.
Careers in Organizational and Professional Communication
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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