Why Master's in Learning and Organizational Change

MSLOC Students

The workplace grows more complex, and the pace of change continues to accelerate. That means opportunities for innovative, confident leaders to make an impact through an organization's most resilient resource: Its people.

The Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University (MSLOC) can enhance your career by helping you seize those opportunities.

Maybe you are an experienced leader who aspires to discover new paths to transform your workplace. Or a manager in human resources or learning and development looking for new angles to approach change management challenges. Or you are early in your career and see yourself as a human capital consultant or change management professional, knowing that real change happens because you understand people as much as you do the numbers.

Our close-knit community of students (on average 95 to 120) includes professionals who fit each of these profiles, and more. Their common motivation: transforming their thinking about organizational change. And regardless of our students' professional starting place, we work with each and every one throughout their time in our program to find the right career match, with more than half of our part-time students moving into new roles while they are still in our program.

We help you seize the opportunities by becoming a better agent of change.


An Alternative to the MBA

MSLOC offers an alternative to MBA programs and master's programs in organizational development, organizational behavior, I/O psychology, human resource development or similar graduate programs.

Compared to MBA programs, the center of our attention is not the business or enterprise but the people within the enterprise.

In every course our organizational focus is also broader than for-profit businesses. We engage organizations across sectors, from business to not-for-profits to educational organizations, and prepare graduates to operate effectively in any environment on strategic change, organizational culture, learning and performance.


A Multidisciplinary Approach

Compared with other master's degree programs that focus on organizational change or human capital management, MSLOC draws upon research and insights from a more diverse set of academic and professional disciplines. These include organizational development, organizational and social psychology, learning sciences and organizational learning. We also draw from the fields of strategy, change management, knowledge management, social networking, coaching and design.

Why do we explore multiple ways of thinking about learning and organizational change? Dealing with complex, ambiguous challenges in a changing environment depends on a practitioner's ability to continuously learn, to question assumptions and to innovate. And innovation happens at the intersection of different ways of thinking.


Live Anywhere – Flexible Options for Part-Time Study

Our community of part-time and full-time students live and work coast-to-coast in the U.S.

One third of our part-time students live and work in places like San Francisco, Dallas, Denver and Washington, D.C. They take advantage of our unique alternative schedule option — part online and part on-campus. This option is open to all degree, coaching certification and gradute certificate students, offering flexibilty to accommodate your professional or personal schedule.

Degree Options

Full-Time

where you live

Chicago area


average time to degree

18 months

15 credits required

Part-Time

where you live

Chicago Area


average time to degree

3.5 years

15 credits required

Part-Time Alternative

where you live

Anywhere in
the U.S.


average time to degree

3.5 years

15 credits required

Certificate Options

Coaching Certification

where you live

Anywhere in
the U.S.


average time to degree

1 year

4 credits required

Graduate Certificate

where you live

Anywhere in
the U.S.


average time to degree

varies


5 credits required

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