Organizational Development (Certificate)
Discover the models and techniques used in organizational development (OD) to help create a productive culture, along with the history, challenges, and successes of OD. In the Organizational Development certificate, you will benefit from understanding the different models and strategies that help shape culture across sectors. Develop and explore a personal philosophy about change that will be examined through the context of analyzing organizational values and ethics, the human impact of change on employees, and culture. You’ll learn to:
- Understand the fundamentals and elements of organizational development
- Develop and defend a personal philosophy of organizational change
- Evaluate the impact of organizational culture and core values on OD interventions
- Assess, compare, and contrast different models of change and describe the impact of each model
Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Leadership and Organization.
Students in certificate programs may select from multiple specialized concentrations. Students' selection of concentration will determine required courses and could alter the job placement rate for the program. Read more information on jobs related to this program.
The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Organizational Development requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- ORL 4110 - Fundamentals of Organizational Development
- ORL 4115 - Organizational Culture and Organizational Development Impacts
- ORL 4120 - Team Interventions
- ORL 4125 - Evaluate and Sustain Change
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Leadership and Organizations programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Leadership and Organizations programs include:
- ORL 4130 - Individual Interventions
- ORL 4135 - Large Scale Interventions
- ORL 4400 - Leading Strategic Planning in Organizations
- ORL 4420 - Leading Change for Transformation
- ORL 4530 - Leading a Culture of Organizational Innovation
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Careers in Organizational Development Certificate
Organizational Development Specialist, Professional Development Coordinator, Business Manager, Coach, Consultant. Strategic Design Manager, Organizational Development Analyst
Assessing employee knowledge, productivity, and satisfaction; evaluating and innovating organizational culture; assisting management with organizational change; collecting and reviewing employee data; diagnosing policy and staffing problems; implementing and overseeing professional development and training programs.
Rapid job growth is highly anticipated for organizational development professionals through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this consultative capacity, you will be contributing to an organization’s culture and success.
Careers In Leadership and Organizations
Raising the bar.
Whether you're raising money or developing fundraisers for the arts, education, or another worthwhile cause, quality fundraisers are in short supply, according to Philanthropy.com. A National Study of Challenges Facing Non-profit Fundraising has found a significant lack of qualified development directors, and several non-profits seek candidates to successfully fill these positions in addition to positions requirement basic fundraising skills. Take note of the rise in online fundraising success, particularly with social media revolutionizing the way we interact. Brush up on email outreach skills, social media savvy, and internet marketing knowledge.
Lean, green, and keen!
As companies look for improving efficiency and technology processes during hard economic times, directors, analysts, and managers are expected to think lean and be innovative in the workplace. There is a growing need for resourceful project managers in financial, technology, and legal sectors, as well as in energy and healthcare. Bonus! Project managers enjoyed earning more during the recession compared to the past two years, according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey. Independent consultants are also in high in demand, as companies try to save money by hiring one-off consultants for large-scale projects in need of management. Going green with virtual meetings and teams will easily play into this need for independent consultants.
Where are they now?
Graduates have job titles that include Chief Sales Officer, Advisory Project Manager, Branch Manager, Professional Sales Representative, Director of HR, Independent Consultant, Vice President, Director of Communications, Human Resources Associate, and Director of Development for companies or organizations such as Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, Home State Bank, Info Solutions Company, PMSI, and independent small businesses.
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