The Master's 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)

Students must register for OILS 599 Master's Thesis for two semesters (6 credit hours). 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.

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, and enroll in 6 credit hours of research courses as electives to prepare them to write a thesis.

OILS Core Courses (12 credit hours)

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

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. 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)

Full details regarding the Concentrations can be found in the menu.

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 page.

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)

Full details regarding the Concentrations can be found in the menu.

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 597 Capstone. Each course is worth 1 credit hour. Students should repeat the course three times to fulfill the requirement. 

Required Core Courses for Plans I and III (12 credit hours)

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
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 541 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3
OILS 546 Framing Designs of Learning 2
OILS 547 Prototyping Designs for Learning 1