George Mason School of Business and College of Education Set to Launch Executive Chief Learning Officer Program

George Mason University’s School of Business and the College of Education and Human Development has announced its new Executive Chief Learning Officer program, making Mason one of a handful of colleges to offer a program dedicated to the quickly expanding role of the chief learning officer in the business world. What’s a chief learning officer?

Roy Hinton, the business school’s associate dean of executive education, called them C-suite members who are “focused on the development of human capital.”

To put that in layman’s terms, a chief learning officer is a senior-level executive whose job is to improve company performance through individual career development and training programs, oversee management initiatives to help change in company culture.

Hinton was among three George Mason faculty members who helped develop the 18-credit, graduate certificate program.

“I’m very enthusiastic about this,” Hinton said in a statement on the George Mason School of Business website. “It reflects the university goal of offering relevant new programs that include content from multiple colleges and professional schools within Mason. [The School of Business and the College of Education and Human Development] are really are looking forward to working together. It’s a good combination.”

He added:

“The synergy is that the business school brings our expertise in strategic planning, leadership in corporate America and understanding of the financial models of the business, and the College of Education and Human Development brings human capital development, analytics and performance measurements, developmental processes and learning.”

Applicants to Mason’s Executive Chief Learning Officer program must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum three years’ experience in a position with responsibilities for talent development or management. Classes are scheduled to begin November 6 with a cohort of 25 students. Much of the eight-month program will be delivered online with Friday-Saturday meetings before and after each of three modules.


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