Organizational Development (Master's)
The MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Organizational Development provides you with the crucial knowledge needed to lead an organizational development (OD) intervention. You will gain insight to the history, challenges, and successes of organizational development and its role in creating a productive culture in a variety of organizational sizes, sectors, and types. Construct a diagnosis plan, synthesize data, and effectively communicate your findings while adhering to a personal philosophy that you’ll develop about OD and change management.
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
MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Organizational Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ORL 4500 - Leadership Development
- ORL 4510 - Building the 21st Century Organization
- ORL 4520 - Principles of Financing for Organizations
- ORL 4905 - Graduate Social Research Methods
- ORL 4901 - Capstone Project
- ORL 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ORL 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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
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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