Our Program

The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University is designed to strengthen the ability of experienced working professionals to use innovative people management and learning practices to lead strategic and sustainable organizational change.

We focus on issues that traditionally fall into categories such as change management, organizational development, knowledge management, leadership development and organizational learning. But we do so by using a distinctive approach taken from our academic home in the School of Education and Social Policy and its mission "to understand and improve human learning and development throughout the life span and in multiple contexts."

Our Program Amy Shade
My degree has already begun to pave the way to new opportunities in learning and development. I recently accepted a position at Marsh, Inc. in the Human Capital Performance Practice as a project leader in charge of an innovative knowledge sharing project. The project involves an internal social networking site aimed at promoting peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing across the global organization (23,000 employees). The hiring managers were deeply impressed with my understanding of knowledge sharing theories and change management. And I have MSLOC to thank for that.
- Amy Shade, MSLOC 2010

Our Distinctive Approach

Our approach integrates theory and practice across three core areas of study: learning and performance, strategy and knowledge, and strategic change. We view these three areas of expertise as central to a leader's ability to create sustainable organizational change whether you are in a business, not-for-profit, governmental or educational setting.  
Our focus is on helping you develop as a leader who has the knowledge and skills to transform organizations. Our faculty include experienced practitioners who bring real-world applications into classroom discussions about evidence-based and theoretical models. Assignments require students to develop themselves as reflective practitioners, helping you build content expertise and professional skills.   
In the MSLOC program you will dive deeply into each of our three core areas of study. Yet you will also be able to customize your program with electives and research projects that tap into your specific interests. The result: An approach to learning and change that can be applied to a variety of organizations and businesses — delivered in a graduate program that is both rigorous and flexible.
You can earn your master's degree or graduate certificate in learning and organizational change no matter where you live by taking advantage of one of our schedule options: Full time evening, part-time evening or part-time alternative schedule.
We strive to provide an academic experience that is different from a typical master’s program. Learn more about the innovative MSLOC experience.
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