Twin Cities campus
Twin Cities Campus

Work and Human Resource Education M.A.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • This graduate program is now offered through Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development. See for more information.
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 34
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Courses in this program are taught in primarily in the Twin Cities campus, but some classes may be taught on UM-Rochester campus from time to time.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. The department's research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. Students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs choose from one of five complementary but distinct program tracks: educational administration (EdAd), evaluation studies (ES), higher education (HiEd), comparative and international development education (CIDE), and work and human resource education (WHRE). Undergraduate programs focus on human resource development and business and marketing education. In addition, the department offers a variety of programs for practicing professionals and various licensure programs. The program offers specializations in adult education; agricultural, food, and environmental education; human resource development; and comprehensive work and human resources education. The business and industry education specialization is no longer taking new students. Students combine study and related experiences to develop, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge of the purposes, practices, issues, and problems of work and community education; social, economic, historical, political, cultural, educational, technological, and psychological contexts within which work and community education exist; and types of research that contribute to or apply that knowledge to the specialization.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Prospective master's students generally have completed an undergraduate degree or extensive coursework in the specialization area. Prospective doctoral degree students should have academic background and experience in at least one specialization area.
Special Application Requirements:
Scores from the GRE General Test are required for applicants with a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution. Applicants should designate the specific specialization to which they seek admission in their goal statement. A current résumé is required. Students are admitted each fall and spring.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 14 to 20 major credits and 10 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The M.A. is offered under Plan A and Plan B. Students in either plan complete a minimum of 30 to 34 credits of 5xxx courses, including 14 credits in the major and 6 credits in the related field. Plan A students also take 10 thesis credits; Plan B students complete a 3- to 6-credit project or paper, with remaining credits taken in either the major or related field.
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