Original Master's Program Requirements

Program Options

Plan I: Thesis (39 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. OILS students selecting the thesis option are encouraged to take EDPY 500 Survey of Research Methods in Education, EDPY 511 Introductory Educational Statistics, and/or LLSS 502 Naturalistic Inquiry under their electives for the OILS Master's degree program.

Plan II: Professional Portfolio (36 credit hours)

Students must register for OILS 596 (3 credit hours). Under the professional portfolio option students complete the internship and prepare a dossier showing work products which demonstrate their capabilities in OILS fields 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. 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, Instructional Design and technology, Organizational Development, Training and Development, Distance Learning Education, eLearning, Online learning, Knowledge Management, Data Management, Project Management, and much more.

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 541 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 543 Instructional Design 3
OILS 530 Theory and Practice of Distance Learning 3
OILS 510 Designing Knowledge Management Solutions 3
OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3

Student Options (9 credit hours)

Choose 1 course from each of the following 3 pairs of courses for a total of 9 hours to complete the required 24 hours.

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 500 Contemporary Instructional Technologies: Survey 3
OILS 502 Instructional Multimedia 3
OILS 542 Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning 3
OILS 540 Foundations of HRD and Instructional Technology 3
OILS 545 Cross Cultural Issues in Adult Learning 3
OILS 531 Culture and Global eLearning 3

Electives (9 credit hours)

Students choose courses to strengthen their preparation in specific areas of their choosing. 6 of these 9 credit hours should be from the OILS program. Elective courses may include:

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 501 Presentation Technologies 3
OILS 503 Instructional Multimedia 3
OILS 504 Instructional Use of Computer Simulations 3
OILS 511 Collaborative Knowledge Creation 3
OILS 512 Dissemination and Application of Knowledge 3
OILS 513 Foundations of Information Management Practice 3
OILS 514 Metadata 3
OILS 515 Introduction to Spatial Data Management 3
OILS 516 Information Management 3
OILS 520 Environmental Information Management 3
OILS 521 Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization 3
OILS 522 Spatial Data Management in Environmental Sciences 3
OILS 530 Theory and Practice of Distance Learning 3
OILS 532 E-Learning Course Design 3
OILS 533 Management of Learning Systems 3
OILS 549 Building Social Capital in Learning Organizations 3
OILS 551 Training Techniques 3
OILS 552 Team Development 3
OILS 553 The Role of Wisdom in Adult Learning and Culture 3
OILS 554 Organizational Consulting Theory and Practice 3
OILS 555 Mentoring Adult Career Development 3
OILS 556 The Business of Learning 3
OILS 593 Mobile Learning 3

A 3 credit hour graduate course in a related field may be selected with the permission of the student's advisor. Such a course might be from another department in education, business, public administration, communication, sociology, or psychology.