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Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

Educating the 21st-century workforce in instructional design, e-learning, training, learning and development, human resources development, performance improvement and consulting.

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Next Application Deadline: August 1


The application deadline for the fall semester has passed. Apply now to start classes in January.

Apply now to start classes this August!

Admission to Boise State’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) program is offered every spring, summer and fall semester. All application materials must be received by the deadline to be considered for the program. You must apply separately for admission to Boise State University.

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Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Program Details

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About Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

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How to Apply

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Classes and Scheduling

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Cost, Assistantships and Scholarships

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Career Opportunities

What can I do with this degree?

Alumni Testimonials

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Student Resources

From application to graduation, students are supported throughout their journey at Boise State. If you are not yet accepted into the program, please contact a student success coach for support.


Admitted Students

Research and Development Labs

Participate in faculty-led research

Discover what the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) program offers:

100% Online Coursework

You have access to your learning materials 24/7 via the Canvas learning management system. You can complete your assignments asynchronously, anytime, from anywhere.

Committed and Caring Faculty

Our faculty are experts and leaders in the field and committed to providing personalized instruction and support to ensure your success from the first semester to graduation.

Practitioner-Oriented Learning

Our students often say, “I learned something new from my class yesterday, and I was able to apply it in my workplace today!” Become a valuable asset to your organization.

Robust Community of Practice

Our highly interactive online courses enable you to build a strong network with other professionals, sharing knowledge and job opportunities with each other!

Research Opportunities

In addition to your online classroom learning, you can join our faculty’s research labs to work on real-world research and development projects and applications.

Portfolio Development

From each course, you will generate portfolio-worthy course assignments, which you can use to develop your portfolio website as a culminating activity.

Hear From Our Graduates

OPWL students do incredible things inside and outside the classroom, but their impact doesn’t stop there! Explore stories of our incredible graduates and learn how they’ve applied their degree to move up in their current career, change industries or start in the fields of learning and development.

Read More OPWL Student Stories

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Danielle Patterson, Class of 2020

“I entered the instructional design adult learning work space and made the transition from teacher to instructional designer. I’m so thankful for the OPWL program and am happy to have made the career transition.”

Jacob Connley

Jacob Connley, Class of 2021

“I worked in employee development for several years but lacked formal education in this subject. I was introduced to the OPWL program, and within the first semester, I discovered how valuable it was. The research and service-learning-based coursework gave me tools and experiences that I could apply immediately in my career, and because of this, I was promoted to the Learning and Development Manager for my company.”

Roberta Dombrowski

Roberta Dombrowski, Class of 2019

“I was hired for my position as a product manager because of my expertise in digital learning and focus on solving problems; both of these things were strengthened during my time in the OPWL program.”

OPWL Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee waiver?

The online OPWL program offers an application fee waiver if you have not yet submitted your application. Contact a student success coach prior to submitting your application to receive your waiver.

Do I need a background in the field to qualify?

No! Our students come from a variety of educational and professional experiences, and the diversity of their backgrounds contributes to the learning in the classroom.

What will my diploma say?

Your diploma will list your degree as a Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. The only “online” designation will be on your official transcript but not on your diploma.

Graduate Certificates

Four Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning certificates help you customize your learning experience. Complete as part of your master’s degree or as stand-alone certificates.

OPWL Webinars

Sign up now if you are interested in attending an upcoming OPWL webinar. Our faculty-hosted webinars include topics such as needs assessments, instructional design, performance improvement, project management, e-learning and performance support, evaluation and more. You can also visit our OPWL YouTube channel to view our past webinars.

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Students in Boise State Online’s Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning can be found across the nation. The student map is updated annually.

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