OILS (Learning Officer Concentration) Online Master's Degree
The Master of Arts in Organization, Information & Learning Sciences (OILS) program offers a unique perspective on learning sciences by concentrating on the convergence of organization development, information design and data management, and instructional design and instructional technology.
The Learning Officer concentration offers a path for professionals to quickly develop a competitive edge in this expanding field of employment. Chief Learning Officers can work in nearly every industry. Students apply their learning in real world contexts developing tools and processes to make education more relevant, timely and engaging for organizations.
Special features of the program include:
- All courses offered in an 8-week online format
- Degree program can be started during any 8-week session (five times a year)
- 30 credit hour requirement can be completed in as little as 12 months
- Affordable tuition
- Most bachelor's degrees obtained from an accredited college or university are acceptable for admission to program
Graduates will be in demand in any learning organization in various industries, such as private sector, non-profit organizations, healthcare, government agencies, and military. Possible job titles include:
- Learning Officer
- Learning and Development Manager
- Training and Development Manager
- Learning Consultant
- Human Resource Development Manager
- Organizational Development and Learning Manager
Student Learning Goals for MA OILS - Learning Officer
The Learning Officer program prepares leaders who facilitate organizational learning, instructional technology, and data management initiatives in real world settings.
Students are prepared for careers as educators, researchers, and developers of next-generation curricula, technology-enriched learning environments, and instructional programs.
Students understand how to investigate how people interact with information and ideas, as well as what interests and motivates them.
Learning Outcomes for MA OILS
The OILS program focuses on the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training, organization development, knowledge management, distance education, e-learning, and instructional technology systems, methods and strategies with the intent of improving human performance. The program can best be described as one that is both theory-based and practitioner oriented. The learning outcomes for the MA degree are outlined in the Organization, Information & Learning Sciences' Mission and Philosophy statement.
This Managed Online Program can be completed in as little as one year in a series of eight week courses. Students apply their learning in real world contexts developing tools and processes to make education more relevant, timely and engaging for organizations.
The courses that comprise the program have been correlated to the recommended competencies and guidelines that have been developed by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Association for Educational Communications Technology (AECT), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) associations.
To obtain an MA in OILS with a Learning Officer concentration, students are required to complete:
- 15 credit hours of OILS Core Courses
- 15 credit hours of Elective Courses for the Learning Officer (LO) Concentration
All courses associated with the program are restricted and require department permission to register. For more information, contact Christopher Larranaga, (505)277-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Core Courses
|Course Number||Course Name|
|Terms Offered*||Current Term CRN|
|OILS 535||Culture and Global eLearning I||1||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 1H: 60290|
|OILS 536||Culture and Global eLearning II||2||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 2H: 60292|
|OILS 541||The Adult Learner||3||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 1H: 60294|
|OILS 546||Framing Designs of Learning||2||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 1H: 60296|
|OILS 547||Prototyping Designs for Learning||1||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 2H: 60301|
|OILS 544||Program Evaluation||3||Fall and Spring||Fall 2017 1H: 60295|
|OILS 597||Capstone (repeat the 1 unit course 3 times)||1X3||Fall, Spring, and Summer (starting Spring 2018)||To be scheduled in Spring|
Required Elective Courses for the Learning Officer Concentration
|Course Name||CH||Terms Offered*||Current Term CRN|
|OILS 542||Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning||3||Spring and Summer||To be scheduled in Spring|
|OILS 554||Consulting and Project Management||3||Fall||Fall 2017 2H: 60303|
|OILS 557||Human Performance Improvement||3||Spring||To be scheduled in Spring|
|OILS 558||Leading Change||3||Spring||To be scheduled in Spring|
Other Elective Courses for the Learning Officer Concentration
(Select one course from the list, in consultation with an advisor)
|Course Name||CH||Terms Offered*||Current Term CRN|
|OILS 500||Contemparary Instructional Technologies||3||Fall||Fall 2017 2H: 60288|
|OILS 552||Team Development and Facilitation||3||Summer|
To be scheduled in Summer
*Schedule is subject to change.
The MA OILS with a Learning Officer Concentration is offered as a Masters Plan III (course work only) option.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- At least a 3.0 GPA in the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate work
- Required documentation including a letter of intent, a resume, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample
- Goals or objectives that can be reasonably achieved through a degree in this program
- Language Skills for International Students: International students must meet all UNM Graduate Admissions Requirements including tests for English proficiency. For more information regarding international students, please see International Students and Online Education.
Please see the department's website for more detailed information on how to apply to the OILS Master's program.
MA Organization, Information & Learning Sciences - Learning Officer Program at a Glance
30 credit hours
Tuition Cost per Credit Hour
Time to Completion
As Little as 12 Months