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Master’s Concentration

Learning and Development

Gain insight to the strategies needed to effectively facilitate and manage adult learning. Organizations continue to invest in improving employee performance, and in this program you will learn to lead learning and development efforts by leveraging your technology, facilitation, and evaluation skills. From design to implementation, learn to strategically execute entire L&D programs and specialized initiatives.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT

Duration
As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Design, execute, and assess projects

Facilitate training to audiences with diverse needs

Evaluate and manage the impact of projects using relevant metrics and analytics

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Communication Management with a concentration in Learning and Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

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Core Courses

5

Concentration
Courses

3

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

COMM 4045 Applied Critical Thinking in Communication
COMM 4900 Communication Inquiry, Analysis, and Trends
COMM 4905 Storytelling through Research and Measurement
COMM 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

COMM 4002 Dynamic Presentation and Training Methods
COMM 4030 Managing Learning in Organizations
COMM 4200 Instructional Design
COMM 4203
Adult Learning Strategies and Theories
COMM 4235 Integrating Learning and Development Technologies
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Communication Management program include:

COMM 4006 Building High-Performing Teams
COMM 4016 Persuasion and Influence
COMM 4032 Managing Organizational Change
COMM 4035 Cultural Intelligence through Communication
ICT 4100 Principles of Project Management
COMM 4206
Evaluating Learning and Development Effectiveness
COMM 4226 Managing Organizational Conflict

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Communication Management program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Learning and Development.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Learning and Development

Demand for training and development professionals is expected to grow 11% through 2026 due to training and development courses at the workplace, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Innovations in training methods will continue as organizations use technology and social networks in their training programs.

Job prospects with experience developing online and mobile training programs will have a competitive edge.


 

 

 

 

Job Titles

 
 

Chief Learning Officer
Director of Distance Learning
Chief Technology Officer
Instructional Designer

Online Facilitator
Learning Development Specialist
Education Director
Training and Development Specialist


Instructional Designer Salary: National Average

$74,306

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Theme: Job Satisfaction

Communication Management

 “I think the return on investment for me is very tangible. It helped me get a higher-level role and it helped me secure a better life for myself.” —Martha Brown, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Megan Castle

Communications Manager, Department of Transportation

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Erin Iwata

VP, Digital Marketing Heinrich Marketing

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Rich Khleif

Senior Director-Communications, Connections, & Customer, Insights Oracle

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Lora Ledermann

Scream Agency

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Andy Mountain

President, GBSM

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Bob Noguiera

Director Human Resources, West Division Comcast Cable

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Julie Reeves

Vice President Marketing, Rachio

Accreditation

 


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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