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Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change

About the Program

Whether you are an experienced leader seeking fresh perspectives for workplace transformation, a talent leader tackling learning and skill challenges, or an aspiring organizational consultant or change manager, our program helps you understand and effectively navigate human factors in driving market success.

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

A People-Focused Alternative to the MBA

  • Our curriculum combines management and leadership theories and practices, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational development, organizational behavior, and design methodology.
  • The center of our attention is not business in general, but how the people in the business drive its success.
  • MSLOC prepares graduates to lead strategic change, talent and culture, learning and team performance.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • MSLOC students draw upon, and practice with, research and insights from a diverse set of academic and professional disciplines.
  • These include organizational development, organizational and social psychology, learning sciences, strategy, change management, knowledge management, and more.
  • Our approach encourages continuous learning and innovation. By exploring various perspectives, we prepare practitioners to tackle complex, evolving challenges effectively.

One Curriculum, One Student Community

  • All degree and certificate students are part of a single community of learners supported by faculty, staff, alumni, and partners.
  • Engage fully, regardless of where you live or your status as part-time or full-time, master's degree or certificate candidate.
  • Each learner participates in courses drawn from a common learning and organizational change curriculum.

Live Anywhere – Flexible Options for Part-Time Study

  • Our courses are held in a hybrid format consisting of live virtual classes and in-person three-day onsite sessions on campus.
  • The onsite sessions, held on our Evanston campus near Chicago, combine live learning with group collaboration and simulations.
  • About half of our students live outside Illinois and take advantage of our unique mix of online and on-campus engagement.

One Degree. Three Paths.

MSLOC students choose, and may adjust, their pace to earn 15 credits to complete the degree on an accelerated, full-time, or part-time basis. Our accelerated path allows for completion within 1 year. Our full- and part-time paths range from 1.5 to 5 years.

The table summarizes different program options, including accelerated, full-time, and part-time, with corresponding locations (Anywhere in the US) and average time to degree for each option.
Accelerated Full-Time Part-Time

Where you live

Anywhere in the US

Anywhere in the US

Anywhere in the US

Average time to degree

12 months

18 months

2.5 years

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MS in Learning and Organizational Change Curriculum Overview

MSLOC students select courses and customize their programs to match their learning and career goals. More than half of our degree students complete a certificate simultaneously.

Core courses across learning, change, and knowledge management
elective courses spanning consulting, design, DEI, and more

Our Students

Jenny Nance

The beauty of this degree and the people is that we are not one thing and yet we are connected through this interest in people, organizations, and self-growth. ”

— Jenny Nance, MSLOC 2021

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Out of State Students

Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change

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Contact MSLOC

Schedule a personal chat with an advisor, current student or alum. In-Person Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm. Remote Office Hours: Friday 9:30am-4:30pm.


1800 Sherman Avenue
Suite 3500
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University