MS in Organization Development and Leadership Curriculum

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The online Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership (MS ODL) curriculum utilizes a hands-on, holistic approach that emphasizes experiential learning, with interactive assignments designed to be applied quickly to your current position. Throughout the course of your study, you'll apply and develop models, theories, principles, and research in the fields of organizational development, dynamics, and psychology, as well as explore how to support sustainable change in individuals, groups, and communities. You'll learn how to create more effective and inclusive systems to leverage human relationships.

The curriculum develops your expertise in organizational development through case studies, feedback, facilitated coaching, and simulations. Coursework also focuses on expanding your self-awareness as a leader by providing opportunities to document your growth using models of leadership, critical reflection, and learning activities.

In the elective course, Seminar in Global Issues Study Tour, students have the unique opportunity to tour a variety of education, business, and social justice settings in another country over nine days. The seminar includes preparation work for the trip as well as post-tour projects that deliver deeply meaningful, direct experience in a global environment. Past study tours have been in such places as Milan, Rome and Florence.

Finally, you'll apply academic research in a capstone project where you will become an expert in a specific topic and apply your learnings to an organizational-development research project in your workplace, or another environment that you choose. As you use what you've learned in real-world situations, you can gain positive visibility and help to advance your career immediately.

The online MS ODL consists of 11 classes (36 credit hours) and is designed to be completed in two years or less.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (36 credit hours): Complete three core courses (ODL 650, ODL 665, ODL 700), four required concentration courses, two advanced courses (ODL 750 and ODL 785), and two electives. Electives may be chosen from any of our online Organization, Development & Leadership elective courses, including ODL 620 Psychological Assessment, and ODL 675 Implementing Change.

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Core Courses

Advanced Courses

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Courses (Required)

Electives (Choose 4)


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