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Earn your Master's degree at JMU

‘The AHRD master’s program helped me define what I wanted to become. The faculty and staff supported my next steps as a professional in the Instructional Design and Technology field.’

— Courtney Uram (’09)

100% employment rate within 3 months of graduation
Graduate assistantships available

Description of Program

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.

Degree Offered

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)


Individualized Concentration

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