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Northwestern University MS in Learning and Organizational Change Master in Learning and Organizational Change
Northwestern University MS in Learning and Organizational Change

Master in Learning and Organizational Change

Evanston, USA

12 Months


Full time, Part time

02 Apr 2025

Sep 2024

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Become a leader who faces continuous organizational change with confidence, backed by a rich set of innovative approaches and methods. Our class format makes it possible for you to live anywhere in the U.S. and earn your degree. Deepen your expertise in coaching, design thinking, or leading equity and inclusion by completing a certificate program along with your degree.

The workplace grows more complex, and the pace of change continues to accelerate. That means opportunities for innovative, confident leaders to make an impact through an organization's most resilient resource: Its people.

The Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University (MSLOC) can enhance your career by helping you seize those opportunities.

Maybe you are an experienced leader who aspires to discover new paths to transform your workplace. Or a manager in human resources or learning and development looking for new angles to approach change management challenges. Or you are early in your career and see yourself as an organizational consultant or change management professional, knowing that real change happens because you understand people as much as you do the numbers.

Our close-knit community of students (on average 120 to 140) includes professionals who fit each of these profiles and more. Their common motivation: transforming their thinking about organizational change. And regardless of our students' professional starting place, we work with everyone throughout their time in our program to find the right career match, with more than half of our part-time students moving into new roles while they are still in our program.

We help you become a fearless change agent – for business, education, design, technology, research, consulting, and more.

An Alternative to the MBA

MSLOC offers an alternative to MBA programs and master's programs in organizational development, organizational behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, human resource development, or similar graduate programs.

Compared to MBA programs, the center of our attention is not the business or enterprise but the people within the enterprise.

In every course, our organizational focus is also broader than for-profit businesses. We engage organizations across sectors, from the private sector to social and public sector organizations, and prepare graduates to operate effectively in any environment to advance strategic change, organizational culture, learning, and performance.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Compared with other master's degree programs that focus on organizational change or human resources management, MSLOC draws upon research and insights from a more diverse set of academic and professional disciplines. These include organizational development, organizational and social psychology, learning sciences, and organizational learning. We also draw from the fields of strategy, change management, knowledge management, social networking, coaching, and design.

Why do we explore multiple ways of thinking about learning and organizational change? Dealing with complex, ambiguous challenges in a changing environment depends on a practitioner's ability to continuously learn, question assumptions, and innovate. And innovation happens at the intersection of different ways of thinking.


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