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Master of Learning, Leadership & Organization Development

Master of Learning, Leadership & Organization Development

Diann Jones, Ph.D.

Our program is exciting because the knowledge can be applied across many disciplines and fields. It is transferable and makes it exciting to teach students from varied backgrounds.

Diann Jones, Ph. D.

#5 ranking for best Master's of Education Programs for Veterans
#15 US News Ranking for Best Online Master's in Education Programs


Today’s businesses and organizations require professionals in adult education who can easily adapt to a moving, shifting landscape. Graduates of the Master of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development (LLOD) program, offered through the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education, use their deep knowledge and skills to lead learning and change to help individuals, teams, and organizations maximize their potential across multiple disciplines.

What makes our program unique is the curriculum that gives you, as a student, depth of knowledge in your chosen discipline as well as a deeper understanding of the systems within your organization. At the same time, you will receive training that crosses boundaries in broad areas such as interpersonal and organizational skills, teamwork, communication and critical thinking for an overall mastery of adult education.

Our unique LLOD Guiding Framework emphasizes the theory and practice needed to strategically and holistically develop healthy sustainable organizations. Our  graduates do this though mastrey of multiple areas, including:

  • Adult learning
  • Change management
  • Group problem solving
  • Talent management
  • Team development
  • Coaching
  • Customized training

University of Georgia online Master’s in Education programs are ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2023


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Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  33 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

With proper approval, six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred onto the student’s program of study. A request for transfer of credit cannot be made until a student has been admitted to UGA as a prospective candidate for a degree. The transfer credit must be included on the program of study.

Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken at an accredited institution, falls within the 6 year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor’s degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online
  3. Select Intended Program – MED, Leadership, and Organization Development (Lifelong Ed, Admin, and Policy) [MED_LLOD_ONL] 
  4. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  5. Letters of Recommendation – Submit two letters of recommendation online to the graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit in the graduate school application.
  7. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  June 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $20,757 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


LLOD Program Structure

Geared towards mid-career professionals (with at least 3-5 years of experience) who want to further studies and expand their career opportunities, our highly ranked two-year program offers flexible options for working professionals. Our supportive world-renowned faculty use innovative, experiential teaching methods that allow you to directly apply what is learned in practice. Additionally, the learning community that is purposefully crafted allows you to network with peers and engage in compelling instruction that brings concepts to life. Through coursework, a real-world based project, and interactions with faculty and other students, this program develops professionals who conduct-evidence based practice to address pressing challenges by applying theory and practice of learning and change.


No campus visits are required.  All coursework and assignments are conducted online. When students follow the required sequence, the program can be completed in two years.

You’ll build skills and knowledge in coursework across four core areas:

  • Framing of LLOD (1 course)
  • Personal mastery and research/evidence-based practice (2 courses)
  • Adult learning (1 course)
  • Theory and practice of organization development and change (2 courses)
  • Design and development of interventions to develop people and organizations (5 courses from options based on your experience and goals)

 In addition to 33 credits of coursework, participants must complete:

  • An applied project
  • A portfolio
  • A final oral exam

Student Life

  • Apply what you learn by completing a hands-on, real-world project, on your own or in a group.
  • Build your professional network through our cohort-learning model, which many alumni say leads to valuable, lifelong connections.
  • Study alongside other dedicated mid-career professionals from business and industry, nonprofits, government agencies, and education.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.


News & Events

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November 21, 2023

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September 7, 2021

Laura Bierema and Kimberly Osborne, faculty members in the Mary Frances Early College of Education’s department of lifelong education, administration and policy, will be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame on Oct. 6. They join the prestigious ranks of several University…

10 Women of UGA Online to Honor on International Woman’s Day

March 8, 2021

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“I didn’t know what to expect being an online student. As I started my classes and started to post and start this conversation about the topic online, I was amazed at how free I felt to say anything that I wanted to say. It’s a unique experience because I felt I could truly be myself and I was truly focused on the subject matter. The sharing, the learning, and the real-life experience that we were able to contribute– I learned from it, and I learned from my peers in a way that I had not before as an undergraduate student.” 

Meredith Gurley Johnson, ’17

“I even remember being in an on-campus undergrad class and having less interaction with professors there than my online program. They know that we’re in the program because we really really want to be here, and they love to get to know us. I very much credit the master’s program for positioning me to get that promotion.”  

Cheryl Stanga, ’15

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