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Earn a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership

No App Fee* if Application File Completed Within 20 Days

Time to completion:

2 Years

Leaders today need to navigate the challenges of complex organizations by facilitating change, building relationships, and creating and executing strategies that put people first. Professionals who study organization development and leadership recognize that leadership is journey of personal transformation. Social science has shown us that outstanding leaders and change agents build a set of competencies and skills by experimenting, reflecting on experiences, and gaining insights through feedback.

The online Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (MSODL) from Saint Joseph’s University is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the people side of change and is an alternative to more traditional business degrees. The hands-on, holistic approach of the MSODL program emphasizes experiential learning, with interactive assignments that allow you to apply what you are learning to your current position. Through a series of practical activities aimed at helping you increase your self-awareness and developing knowledge of organizational dynamics you will find yourself standing out as a leader and change agent at work.

By the time you graduate with an online MS in ODL degree from Saint Joseph’s University, you will be better able to communicate your vision, challenge yourself, inspire and develop leadership in others, and lead sustainable change. You’ll learn to challenge yourself and inspire others. You will meet face-to-face with your classmates and professors in a four-day residency where you will build powerful personal and professional connections. This environment of experiential learning sets Saint Joseph’s University apart with an MS in ODL degree program built for the demands of the modern marketplace.

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MS in Organizational Development and Leadership Curriculum

A Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership degree prepares business leaders to manage strategic change in order to guide a company to growth and financial success. Saint Joseph’s University’s MS in ODL curriculum focuses on the human side of business with coursework covering organizational behavior, leadership development, culture change, coaching, and personal and professional growth. Students graduate the program knowing the best ways to inspire and motivate staff to meet their own professional goals using research based-models and tools such as:

  • Emotional and social intelligence
  • Leadership styles
  • Team development
  • Cultural competence
  • Power and authority dynamics
  • Effective communication

Collaborative and Flexible Learning Environment

Collaboration within a team is an important leadership competency and critical to the adult learning process. That’s why, even in an online environment, the master’s in organizational development & leadership degree from Saint Joseph’s University emphasizes working with others through dynamic online experiential learning. You will complete assignments and projects that are immediately applicable to your workplace while honing your team-building and leadership skills, all without sacrificing the convenience and flexibility of online education.

Every online ODL student also takes part in a four-day residency in Change Leadership in Philadelphia. There, you’ll interact with faculty members and peers to take a deep dive into facilitating change through understanding and experiencing organizational systems from the individual, group, and organizational perspectives. Through this, you will learn about your own styles and strengths, experiment with team dynamics, and practice leveraging organizational hierarchies and perceptions to foster change.

Saint Joseph’s University’s flexible online learning format enables working professionals with at least eight years of experience to advance their careers without sacrificing their current job or time with family. You will be able to complete schoolwork and schedule study time around your existing family and career obligations. While the curriculum is rigorous, you will be applying what you learn to your everyday work environment. There has never been a more convenient way to increase your professional credentials and acquire valuable skills in leadership and organizational development that help you advance your career and enhance the development of your organization.

The Saint Joseph’s University Difference

Earning an online master’s in ODL degree from Saint Joseph’s University is just a single step in the process of becoming an empathetic leader who understands complex organizations and diverse cultures. The degree is part of the process in which students will draw from the expertise of their faculty and develop themselves as leaders throughout the program. Rooted in theory and built on real-world experience, the online master’s in organizational development degree will help you unlock your leadership potential and take your career to new, rewarding heights.

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