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Master’s Concentration

Learning and Development

Help employees achieve learning objectives that can advance organizations forward! You’ll learn how adults process information and the specific skills required to meet adult learning needs. Leveraging adult learning theories and instructional design strategies, explore how to blend traditional training strategies with up-to-date technologies in order to deliver needs assessments, design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation.

 

 

 

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$40,032

Format
Asynchronous and Hybrid Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT

Duration
As few as 18 months

 

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Skills You’ll Learn

Design and execute projects from needs assessment through design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation
Identify, analyze, choose, and defend best instructional strategies and techniques to achieve learning objectives
Evaluate and communicate impact of projects using most relevant metrics and analytics

Curriculum

Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources 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.

5

Core Courses

4

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.

Course Code Course Title
HRA 4130 Finance for HR Professionals
HRA 4140 HR as a Strategic Partner
HRA 4520 HR Change Management
HRA 4910 Research Practices and Applications
HRA 4901 Capstone Project 
OR
HRA 4902 Capstone Seminar
OR
HRA 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar 
Concentration Courses

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

Course Code Course Title
COMM 4030 Managing Learning in Organizations
COMM 4200 Instructional Design
COMM 4203 Adult Learning Strategies and Theories (Communication Management)
COMM 4235 Integrating Learning and Development Technologies
Elective Courses
Course Code Course Title
HRA 4160 Human Resources in a Global Economy
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
HRA 4180 Organizational Politics and the HR Professional
HRA 4270 Value and Impact of HR Interventions
HRA 4500 Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
HRA 4510 Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications
HRA 4240 Human Resources Technology Solutions
GS 4020 Culture, Identity, Power
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
ORL 4500 Leadership Development
ORL 4510 Building the 21st Century Organization
ICT 4700 AI Concepts, Capabilities, and Tools
ICT 4705 AI Ethics, Policy, & Governance

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. 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 Strategic Human Resources.

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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 2030 due to training and development courses at the workplace, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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

Professional Development Manager
Training Developer
Development Director
Learning and Development Manager

Consultant
Training Specialist
Business Coach


Training and Development Managers Salary: National Average

$108,250

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Strategic Human Resources

“I recently passed my SHRM-CP with very little time in the field. I feel like my first instincts are good because the foundation was laid with my education.” —Shannon Harbison, 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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Accreditation & Associations

 

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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.

 

Society for Human Resource Management

The MS in Strategic Human Resources offered through University College is formally acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates through September 2023. As a university with a master's degree program aligned to SHRM's curriculum guidelines, students are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam provided they meet SHRM's student eligibility requirements.

Human Resource Certification Institute

The University of Denver University College is an Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Each course in the Strategic Human Resource curriculum is approved for 48 recertification hours of General, Strategic, or International credit with HRCI. Upon successful completion of the course, human resource professionals may apply the credit earned towards their Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification. Looking for HRCI certification prep for PHR, SPHR, and aPHR? See offerings through the Center for Professional Development.

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