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Master of Science in Adult Learning & Organizational Performance (ALOP)

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Master of Science in Adult Learning & Organizational Performance (ALOP)

Program Description

Master of Science in Adult Learning & Organizational Performance (ALOP)

This two-year graduate degree program prepares emerging and experienced leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to advance individual growth, organizational development and societal improvement. ALOP offers program emphases/tracks in Training & Development, Human Resource Management, Leadership, & Higher Education (Student Services). Students can complete two tracks within this 36 credit hour graduate degree program. Our students range from those who are currently working or aspire to work as trainers, educators, program/project administrators, human resource managers, human performance improvement specialists, higher education student personnel administrators, and other organizational leaders.

ALOP offers two, 15 hour Concentrations in Training & Development and Leadership for those who have already earned a graduate degree. This may serve as entry or advancement in one’s career or as pre-requisite hours for the SOE doctoral program. The 15 hour Concentration appears on a student’s transcript. This program has also partnered with two universities that offer coursework in Information and Learning Technologies.

Students may begin classes and complete up to 7 graduate credit hours as a visiting graduate student to “test the waters” or to take a specific class before needing to apply and be admitted by the University. Up to twelve credits hours can be transferred into this degree program from other graduate degree programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts from every college or university you've attended
  • A copy of your current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • A statement of intent indicating why you wish to pursue the program (one page)
  • Official test scores from the Writing Competency Test or submission of GRE, MAT or GMAT test scores. 2 letters of recommendation (see requirements for correct form)

Graduation Requirements

1. Number of Credit Hours Required:
36 Semester Hours

2. Required Courses:

Core Coursework (36 Hours)

Learning and Performance (16 Hours)
ALOP 242: Living, Learning & Leading in the 21st Century (1 hour)
ALOP 243: Human Performance Improvement (3 hours)
ALOP 247: Adult & Organizational Learning (3 hours)
ALOP 244: Strategic Thinking & Decision-Making (3 hours)
ALOP 245: Leadership Essentials (3 hours) ALOP 249: Ethics (3 hours)

Research (3 Hours)
ALOP 291: Applied Research (3 Hours)

Option 1: Program Emphasis Within Adult Learning & Organizational Performance Degree Program

Higher Education (9 hours)**
ALOP 282: The College Student (3 hours)
ALOP 283: Student Services (3 hours)
ALOP 284: History & Philosophy (3 hours)

Human Resource Management (9 hours)
ALOP 272: Human Resource Management (3 hours)
ALOP 273: Compensation & Benefits (3 hours)
ALOP 274: Contemporary Workplace Issues (3 hours)

Leadership (9 hours)
ALOP 252: Leadership in Organizations (3 hours)*
ALOP 253: Organization, Development & Leading Change (3 hours)
ALOP 254: Organizational Savvy & Communication (3 hours)

Training & Development (9 hours)
ALOP 262: Needs Analysis & Evaluation (3 hours)
ALOP 263: Designing Learning Interventions (3 hours)
ALOP 264: Methods/Techniques of Facilitation (3 hours)

Electives (8 hours)
Not needed if two, nine-hour program emphases are completed.

Info & Learning Technologies ***
University of Colorado
Indiana University
Students can transfer up to 12 credit hours.

* prerequisite ALOP 245
** new offering option
*** affiliated program

Option 2: Concentration in Training and Development (15 hours)

(open to individuals who have already earned a master's degree)

ALOP 243: Human Performance Improvement (3 hours)
ALOP 247: Adult & Organizational Learning (3 hours)
ALOP 262: Needs Analysis & Evaluation (3 hours)
ALOP 263: Designing Learning Interventions (3 hours)
ALOP 264: Methods & Technologies  of Facilitation (3 hours)

Option 3: Concentration in Leadership (15 hours)

(open to individuals who have already earned a master's degree)

ALOP 245: Leadership Essentials (3 hours)
ALOP 252: Leadership in Organizations (3 hours)
ALOP 244: Strategic Thinking and Decision Making (3 hours)
ALOP 253: Organizational Development and Leading Change (3 hours)
ALOP 254: Organizational Savvy and Communication (3 hours)

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Apply Now - Fall 2015 Application for Admission 

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August 25 - First Day of Fall Semester

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