The Outlook for Business and Workplace Education

Facts and Challenges

Opportunities for educators of adults in organizational and academic settings are immense. Thirty-eight percent of all college students are now 25 or older, according to a recent U.S Census Bureau report. The minimum skills once adequate to survive in the workplace for workers of all ages and levels are changing at a dizzying pace. Moreover, globalization and new technologies are changing the very nature of what we learn, how we learn and where we learn. Today, lifelong and continuous learning are critical and learning professionals need new ways to understand and react to these changes.


In the MA program, opportunities exist for in-depth study in educational foundations (history, philosophy, applied psychology, and sociology) as well as higher education, educational technologies, and/or management practices. Our master's program is the only one in the country that focuses on global issues related to business and workplace education by creating a dialogue between those in education for and about business (academics) with those working in organizational settings (practitioners). Join us and prepare yourself to become a leader in this environment.

Business and Workplace Education

Our master's degree program is committed to the study of effective adult educational support strategies for careers teaching in higher education and as workplace learning leaders in organizations.

The MA curriculum provides a focused yet flexible pathway to developing an understanding of the changing nature of what, how, and where adults learn. With required foundational courses in learning theory and research methods, the 36-point master's program includes opportunities to build on your business background to develop a learning portfolio that demonstrates competencies for roles related to:

  • Assessing learning needs
  • Designing both classroom- and non-classroom- based teaching and learning strategies
  • Supporting learning outside the academic and the organizational classroom
  • Developing and applying teaching skills
  • Designing and developing curricula
  • Evaluating learning outcomes, instructional strategies, teaching performance, and curricula