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Learning and Organizational Change: Get a Master's in a Year

March 5, 2024
Earn a master's in just one year.

The School of Education and Social Policy’s Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University will offer a one-year degree path beginning in September 2024.

The new offering provides an immersive, accelerated graduate experience for professionals, one that includes the lifelong benefits of joining MSLOC’s learning community.

The current MSLOC program allows master’s students to pursue a graduate degree and/or certificate full-time or part-time and study from the Chicago area or wherever they live. The full-time graduate degree can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years, while the part time option takes 2.5 to 5 years.

“This additional one-year path, along with the innovative courses we’ve created to support it, reflect our commitment to meeting our students’ needs,” said Kimberly Scott, executive director for the Master’s and Executive programs in Learning and Organizational Change.

The MSLOC program helps leaders develop and hone their vision, knowledge, and skills to create sustainable, positive change in organizations. Flexibility has always been a hallmark of the program.

Students on the accelerated one-year path will start in fall quarter of each academic year and take a full load of coursework (3.5 – 4 courses) in each of the four quarters. Accelerated path students will be in courses with other full and part time MSLOC students allowing them the benefits of both a close cohort and full community engagement.

The option is ideal for professionals taking a learning sabbatical, career pivoters, parents, and others looking for an intensive academic bridge to their next work journey, said Diane Knoepke, director of program engagement and outreach for MSLOC.

For prospective international students, the MSLOC degree coursework meets visa requirements for in-person learning, and the program is STEM-designated in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. This lets international students remain in the US for two additional years after graduation to continue their professional development.

Register here to learn more about MSLOC’s curriculum and logistics, program design, community, career services, admissions requirements, and financing.