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Training and Development, MATD

Offered in: CHICAGO | ONLINE

In an era of rapid change, organizations must continuously develop their workforce to enhance their ability to succeed. Professionals in training and development play a key role in an organization’s success by taking a leadership role in the design, delivery, and evaluation of learning interventions. Whether you are currently working in the field or plan to in the future, the M.A. in Training and Development will develop your expertise in adult learning theory, instructional design, training delivery, organization development,assesment and evaluation, and e-learning. Classes, which are mapped to the Association for Talent Development (ATD,formerly ASTD) competencies, are taught by industry leaders who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format. You are assured of gaining relevant knowledge and skills that transfer immediately to the workplace.


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A written statement of academic and professional goals is 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.

After completing all required, core courses and chosen electives, 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 and provides enhanced materials for professional presentation.

Core classes

  TRDV 400 Introduction to Training and Development .....3
  TRDV 411 Instructional Methods and Delivery .....3
  TRDV 422 Adult Learning Theory and Application .....3
  TRDV 434 Evaluation Research Methods .....3
  TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Authoring 1 .....3
  TRDV 450 Learning Technologies .....3
  TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design-1 .....3
  TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring 2 .....3
  TRDV 470 Instructional Systems Design-2 .....3
  TRDV 499 Master's Portfolio Project .....3

Electives (choose two)

  TRDV 420 Career Development in Organizations .....3
  TRDV 423 Team Building and Leadership Skills .....3
  TRDV 424 Consulting Tools and Techniques .....3
  TRDV 425 Project Management .....3
  TRDV 427 Organization Analysis and Design .....3
  TRDV 428 Workplace Diversity .....3
  TRDV 429 Program Planning and Development .....3
  TRDV 431 Global Training .....3
  TRDV 432 Organizational Learning Strategies .....3
  TRDV 433 Managing Organizational Change .....3
  TRDV 435 Organization Development .....3
  TRDV 437 Creativity in the Workplace .....3
  TRDV 438 Blended Learning Solutions .....3
  TRDV 441 Human Performance Improvement .....3
  TRDV 445 Executive Coaching .....3
  TRDV 452 Designing and Facilitating for the Virtual Classroom .....3
  TRDV 455 Facilitation Skills .....3
  TRDV 501 Online Teaching Theory and Application .....3
  TRDV 502 Technologies for Online Teaching .....3
  TRDV 509 Seminar and Practice in Online Teaching .....3

A student who has not completed a portfolio 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.