Join the OILS Program
Carve a straight path to a brighter career future by earning a B.S., M.A. or PhD from the OILS Program. The coursework will not only provide you with a well-rounded education that focuses on organizational learning and training, it will also:
- Improve your salary and benefits
- Enhance your opportunities for advancement
- Expand your employment opportunities reaching from local to international
- Broaden your consulting prospects
- Improve your self-concept due to the above factors
All OILS students can expect to develop a diverse skill set that will help them hit the ground running when they enter the workforce because all OILS courses require students to apply their learning in real world contexts. OILS graduates work in a diverse number of settings from nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 Companies.
Not only do OILS graduates have the flexibility to choose where they work, they also enjoy diverse and rewarding employment options which include:
- Adult Learning
- Training and Development
- Distance Education
- Online Learning
- Knowledge Management
- Data Management
- Project Management
- Organizational Development
- Instructional Design and Technology
Earn a Bachelor of Science in the Instructional Technology & Training is a 2 + 2 Transfer Program
Instructional Technology & Training is a 2 + 2 Transfer Program. Take your two years of technical education and add two years of coursework in OILS, Communication and Journalism, Management and other majors to earn a Bachelor of Science. Check this list of technical disciplines accepted for transfer into the program.
Trades and Service
Rapid technological advances and the global community have made corporate training a necessity. Did you know that:
- Over 34% of America's workforce receives corporate training each year.
- 1.3 billion hours are spent each year in the corporate classroom.
You can earn your M.A. entirely online or in a combination of online and face-to-face courses.
The OILS Master’s degree provides students the option to take courses in Organizational Learning and Training, Multimedia Technologies, and Distance Education. Students may focus on one particular area or mix and match courses from all areas to create a personalized program of study. Students choose from two path options to complete the degree.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- At least a 3.0 GPA in the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate work
Students take courses in organizational learning and training, multimedia technologies, and distance education. Students may focus on one particular area or mix and match courses from all areas to create a personalized program of study. Students choose from two path options to complete the degree:
- Master's Thesis
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. Choose this option if you are interested in pursuing a PhD.
Under the Coursework option students complete 15 hours of core coursework and 15 hours of a specialty concentration.
General Expectations & Requirements
The PhD in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences is a research degree. It is designed to develop the candidate’s competencies to design, conduct, and report original theoretical and applied research in learning sciences, eLearning, organizational learning and development, instructional technology, and human performance technology.
The program of study and the dissertation reflect a greater emphasis on theoretical concepts, inquiry skills, and original research. Doctoral study is intended to be a stimulating and demanding intellectual experience. Emphasis is placed upon excellence of intellectual, analytical, and conceptual achievements applied effectively to professional situations. Graduates are expected to become leaders in the education and training fields through the application of research, knowledge, and critical thinking skills.
How Much Work?
60 hours of coursework is required (including the transferable coursework). Details of the coursework requirements are shown the Program of Study. Most of the courses at the doctoral level are Face-to-Face.
Full-time students taking 3-4 classes per semester can expect to graduate in around 3 years. Dissertation work for full-time students takes a least 1 year to complete.
Part-time students taking 2 classes per semester can expect to graduate in around 5 years. Dissertation work for part-time students usually takes 1 1/2 years or more.
The OILS Program offers a limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships. An assistantships usually involves working with faculty to conduct research or teach a class and require 10-20 hours of work per week. Tuition waivers may be awarded for the semester.
Admission and Prerequisites
- A Master’s Degree is required for admission to the program.
- Although the program does not require any course pre-requisites, students who are interested in the doctoral program may take the following foundation courses prior their admission. Those two courses are part of the 60-hour coursework requirements.
- OILS 541: The Adult Learner
- OILS 546: Framing Designs of Learning, AND OILS 547: Prototyping Designs for Learning OR OILS 543: Instructional Design