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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, evaluation, and e-learning. Classes, which are mapped to ASTD competencies, are taught by industry leaders who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format. 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 and provides enhanced materials for professional presentation.

  TRDV 400 Introduction to Training and Development .....3
  TRDV 411 Instructional Methods and Delivery .....3
  TRDV 422 Adult Learning Theory & Application .....3
  TRDV 434 Evaluation Research Methods .....3
  TRDV 435 Organization Development .....3
  TRDV 450 Learning Technologies .....3
  TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design .....3
  TRDV 499 Master's Project .....3
Electives (choose four)
  TRDV 421 Facilitation & Presentation Skills for Trainers .....3
  TRDV 429 Curriculum Planning & Development .....3
  TRDV 431 Global Training .....3
  TRDV 432 Organizational Learning Strategies .....3
  TRDV 437 Creativity in the Workplace .....3
  TRDV 438 Blended Learning Solutions .....3
  TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Design .....3
  TRDV 445 Coaching & Mentoring .....3
  TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring .....3
  TRDV 455 Facilitation Skills .....3
  TRDV 501 Online Teaching Theory and Application .....3
  TRDV 502 Technologies for Teaching .....3
  TRDV 509 Seminar & Practice in Online Teaching .....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.