Master's Degree in Organization Development and Leadership: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Concentration

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Organizations of all types need experts who can create positive change through better, more inclusive policies. The online Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph's University features a concentration in diversity, inclusion and belonging that delivers the knowledge and skills you need for the next level of leadership.

The diversity, inclusion and belonging degree concentration is designed for professionals who want to cultivate inclusive workplace cultures where employees feel valued and know that they belong. It trains you to improve the morale and productivity of team members through ethical leadership practices.

In this leadership and diversity program, you will learn to apply scholarly theories and practical tools to promote inclusion and belonging for teams and departments in your organization. You'll gain a deep understanding of the social contexts and psychological constructs that result in implicit bias, discrimination and marginalization.

Graduates of the diversity, inclusion and belonging degree concentration understand how to research, implement and evaluate diversity and inclusion initiatives in a wide range of professional settings. When you finish the program, you'll be qualified for roles in company leadership, human resources, consulting and more.

Leadership and Diversity Curriculum

This 12-credit concentration is designed to enhance your organizational leadership skills through a focused study of diversity, inclusion and belonging principles. Coursework includes the following:

  • Social identity and belonging
  • Organizational culture and change
  • Inclusive conversations
  • Applications of diversity, inclusion and belonging at work 

As a student, you'll gain increased cultural competence for the modern business world. The fully online curriculum is designed to help you develop management and leadership competencies to excel as an ethical leader.

Create Change in Your Organization

The diversity, inclusion and belonging degree concentration from Saint Joseph's University prepares you to become a more effective business leader by increasing your self-awareness, communication, collaboration and system awareness skills. You will learn to foster an inclusive work environment by applying theories of social identity, group dynamics and more.

Diversity and inclusion skill sets are in demand across a wide range of industries. Possible career paths for graduates include: 

  • Chief Diversity Officer:1 Chief Diversity Officers oversee efforts to design inclusive policies and implement company-wide changes to improve diversity. They work closely with other leaders within the organization to address the needs of people of color, women and other groups.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Consultant: Diversity and inclusion consultants are hired by organizations to observe and assess current policies and culture. They identify ways to improve company practices so that they are more inclusive.
  • Diversity Manager:2 Often part of the human resources department, diversity managers ensure that differences in race, gender, ability or sexual orientation are respected in the workplace. They might be tasked with talent acquisition, removing barriers to employment for minority groups and handling personnel issues.
  • Human Resources Manager:3 These professionals coordinate and oversee all human resource functions within an organization. They are responsible for recruitment, hiring, employee training efforts and more. HR managers often serve as a connection between employees and company leaders, ensuring that company policies are fair and inclusive.

Whatever career path you choose, you will have the expertise to collaborate, consult and coach stakeholders and teams, assessing diversity and inclusion needs and developing solutions. Earning a master's degree in diversity and inclusion online prepares you to create change within your organization and contribute to its greater success.

Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive federal financial assistance in the form of student loans or grants. Saint Joseph's University Online uses the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine award amounts.

For more information about this concentration or financial aid, call us today at (610) 660-3400 or request information below.




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