Nội dung khóa học "Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed) in Adult Education and Human Resource Development"
About this course

What will I learn?

Blending adult learning theory, instructional technology, and talent development, the Adult Education and Human Resource Development (AHRD) master’s program creates an engaging and innovative learning environment for students who want to help employees perform at their best. Students in the AHRD program learn to identify workplace performance gaps and develop learning solutions using industry best practices so that employees can succeed and grow. Our students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be leaders and contribute to high-quality, sustainable organizations. Our core program curriculum is aligned with industry standards, while also allowing students to focus their studies on topics most relevant to their career goals and interests.

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 AHRD program 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 our 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.

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.


  • Higher Education Concentration
  • Human Resource Management Concentration
  • Individualized Concentration
  • Instructional Design Concentration
  • Leadership and Facilitation Concentration
  • Program Evaluation and Measurement Concentration

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time(2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $1,231 per credit hour
Start date

13 January 2020, 18 May 2020, 31 August 2020


College of Education

Memorial Hall, MSC 6907,

395 S. High, Room 3175,



22807, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

English language proficiency: 81 Internet-based TOEFL, IELTS score of 6.5, Pearson PTE Academic score of 58.