Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in theory with the applied skills to take the concepts and practical experience into a range of career fields, such as instructional design, human capital consulting, and corporate training. Plus, the program includes a blend of online and face-to-face instruction, making it accessible for full-time students in the local area and working professionals. Our graduates serve in dynamic roles across multiple sectors including higher education, business, government, and non-profit organizations.
The mission of the Adult Education - Human Resource Development program at James Madison University is to prepare professionals to lead, design, implement and evaluate learning programs within education, business, industry, government, military, health care, and other public and private sector organizations. In addition to delivering effective instruction, AHRD professionals design ways to improve human performance, facilitate change and enhance creativity.
By completing the program, graduates will be able to:
- Understand and apply systems theory, analytic systems, principles of adult development, learning theory and leadership theory.
- Understand business, industry, educational and other organizational settings.
- Identify, understand and build effective organizational relationships that support teaching, learning and continuous human performance improvement appropriate to the context.
- Organize, manage and evaluate teaching, learning and continuous human performance improvement efforts.
- Analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate targeted curriculum in appropriate modes (including distance, action, self-directed, transformative, informal learning, etc.) for individual, team and organizational applications with a focus on continuous human performance improvement.
- Facilitate and lead team-based learning activities appropriate to the context.
- Apply appropriate technologies in the creation of learning programs.
- Recognize and respond responsibly to issues of diversity and ethics.
- Demonstrate the ability to articulate and forecast the vision and role for teaching, learning and continuous human performance improvement appropriate to a context.
- Interpret and conduct research.
Learners majoring in adult education/human resource development must follow several fundamental guidelines:
- Consult major and concentration advisers for advice and approval regarding the program.
- Plan to count no more than six credit hours of workshop credit in any degree program. To be accepted, workshop courses must be approved for credit in the program. The program will not accept workshop courses offered by departments outside the College of Education for elective credit.
- Adhere to The Graduate School policy that at least half of the courses in any major of concentration be at the 600 level.
- Secure the required approval of major and concentration advisers for any course credits to be transferred into a JMU degree program.
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- Foundations of Adult Education/Human Resource Development
- Learning Theories and Instructional Models
- Leadership and Facilitation
- Learning in Adulthood
- Performance Analysis and Needs Assessment in Adult Education/ Human Development
- Research Methods and Inquiry in Adult Education/ Human Resource
- Program Evaluation and Measurement in Adult Education/ Human Resource
- Design and Development of Digital Media
- Principles of Instructional Design
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
The application deadline is rolling, however, early application by June 1 is recommended to have full consideration for graduate assistantships.
DisciplinesHuman Resource Management Adult Education View 128 other Masters in Adult Education in United States
- An online application submitted at: http://www.jmu.edu/grad/prospective.
- Official transcripts reflecting all post-secondary education, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Applicants can have electronic copies of transcripts sent via eSCRIP-SAFE.
- An official record of scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (scores must be less than five years old) or approved GRE waiver application.
- Two letters of recommendation from employers or educators who can attest to the applicant's potential for graduate-level course work.
- A copy of the applicant's current resume.
International21312 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
National21312 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
In-State8136 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 452 USD per credit during 24 months.
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