Master of Arts in Organization, Information & Learning Sciences

The Organization, Information & Learning Sciences (OILS) Program offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree that gives students an opportunity to combine aspects of adult learning, learning sciences, organizational learning and development, and instructional technology that includes multimedia design and distance learning, principles of knowledge management and data management, and the design, development, and evaluation of training.

Program of Study

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:

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.  This option is appropriate for those interested in later pursuing a PhD.  


Under the Coursework option students complete 15 hours of core coursework and 15 hours of a specialty concentration. See the menu items for complete details on the Concentrations.   For those interested in pursuing a PhD, the coursework only option is not a good fit, because it does not provide opportunties for gaining research experience. 

Admission Prerequisites

  • 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

Career Possibilities

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
  • eLearning
  • Online Learning
  • Knowledge Management
  • Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Instructional Design and Technology

And much more!