Program of Study

Program of Study

The OILS program offers a Master's degree that gives students an opportunity to combine aspects of adult learning, organizational learning and development, instructional technology including multimedia design and distance learning, principles of knowledge management and data management, and the design, development, and evaluation of training. OILS students can expect to develop a diverse skill set that helps them hit the ground running when they enter the workforce. They are able to design, teach, support, evaluate, lead, and manage programs for diverse audiences. Coursework includes areas such as foundations of organizational learning, the adult learner, instructional design, principles of knowledge management, cross-cultural issues in learning, instructional technology, e-learning, and program evaluation. Data management courses give students the conceptual and practical hands-on training that allows them to effectively design, manage, analyze, visualize, and preserve data and information. Students who are knowledgeable in these areas are at a significant competitive advantage as they pursue further academic and professional efforts. OILS courses require students to apply their learning in real world contexts. Students must choose either the Thesis or Coursework option to complete the OILS Master's degree.

Plan I: Thesis (36 credit hours)

OILS students selecting the thesis option are required to discuss the program of study for the thesis option with their advisor early in the program. Under the thesis option students plan, conduct, and report on original research conducted to address a research problem in an area related to their study in the OILS program. The topic of the study must be approved by the advisor. Typically the study involves working with a faculty member on their research or replicating an existing study. Students must enroll in 6 credit hours of research courses as electives to prepare them to write a thesis instead of enrolling in the capstone project.

OILS Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Students must complete all of the OILS Core Courses listed on this table.

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 541 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 546 Framing Designs of Learning (Instructional Design) 2
OILS 547 Prototyping Designs for Learning (Instructional Design) 1
OILS 535
-and-

OILS 536

-or-

OILS 545
Culture and Global eLearning I


Culture and Global eLearning II


Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning
1


2


3
OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3

OILS Concentration (12 credit hours)

Students should work with their advisors to select relevant courses to strengthen their preparation in specific areas of their choosing.

Research Method Requirements (6 credit hours)

Students select 6 credit hours of research method courses, such as OILS 570 and/or OILS 604, with the permission of the students’ advisor.

Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 599 Master’s Thesis for two semesters.

Plan III: Coursework (30 credit hours)

Students who choose Plan III (coursework only) are required to complete the following:

OILS Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Students must complete all of the OILS Core Courses listed on this table.

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 541 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 546 Framing Designs of Learning (Instructional Design) 2
OILS 547 Prototyping Designs for Learning (Instructional Design) 1
OILS 535
-and-

OILS 536

-or-

OILS 545
Culture and Global eLearning I


Culture and Global eLearning II


Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning
1


2


3
OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3

Concentration (15 credit hours)

Students should work with their advisors to select relevant courses to strengthen their preparation in specific areas of their choosing. Students must choose one of the five following OILS Concentrations:

  1. Organization Development and Human Resource Development (OD&HRD)
  2. Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T)
  3. eLearning
  4. Adult Education and Professional Development (AE&PD)
  5. Learning Officer (LO)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 597 Capstone. The Capstone is offered as a 1 credit hour segment 5 times an academic year (Fall 1st Half, Fall 2nd Half, Spring 1st Half, Spring 2nd Half, and Summer). Students should repeat the course three times to fulfill the requirement for 3 credit hours. It is adviseable to take the 1 credit hour segments consecutively, but it is not required. For students who plan to graduate in one year, students should take the Capstone during their second semester. For Students who plan to graduate in two years, students should take the Capstone during their third semester.