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Human Performance Improvement, MAHPI

Offered in: CHICAGO | ONLINE

Today’s successful organizations recognize that a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives results and creates an environment of innovation. Professionals in human performance improvement help organizations build and maintain a healthy talent base while developing employee capabilities to achieve higher levels of success. The MA in Human Performance Improvement helps students develop expertise in the theories and practices of performance improvement, a systematic approach to improving productivity and competence in organizational settings. Students will complete eight required courses and four electives to form a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to assess organizational and individual needs, identify and implement solutions, and generate support.

Classes are taught by industry leaders, who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format that are mapped to ASTD competencies, so you are assured of receiving relevant curriculum that transfers immediately to the workplace.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A written statement of academic and professional goals and a current resume are required. For additional information, contact the Graduate Program in Training and Development.


A total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the degree.

In addition to 11 courses, students are required to complete a master's portfolio. The master's portfolio allows students to demonstrate their competency through reflection and assessment of previously completed projects as well as enhance their materials for professional presentation.

  TRDV 400 Introduction to Training & Development .....3
  TRDV 422 Adult Learning Theory & Application .....3
  TRDV 424 Consulting Tools and Techniques .....3
  TRDV 434 Evaluation Research Methods .....3
  TRDV 435 Organization Development .....3
  TRDV 441 Human Performance Improvement .....3
  TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design .....3
  TRDV 499 Master's Portfolio .....3
Electives (choose four)
  TRDV 420 Career Development in Organizations .....3
  TRDV 423 Team Building & Leadership Skills .....3
  TRDV 425 Project Management .....3
  TRDV 426 Organization Communication .....3
  TRDV 427 Organization Analysis & Design .....3
  TRDV 428 Workplace Diversity .....3
  TRDV 432 Organizational Learning Strategies .....3
  TRDV 433 Managing Organizational Change .....3
  TRDV 437 Creativity in the Workplace .....3
  TRDV 445 Executive Coaching .....3
  TRDV 455 Facilitation Skills .....3

A student who has not completed a thesis or other final project must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y“). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for thesis or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.