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Master’s Concentration

Organizational Development

Learn to improve individual and organizational performance using the tenets of organizational development. As organizations continue to evolve to meet the shifting demands of consumers and technology, develop your own philosophy around organizational change. This program prepares you to better facilitate communication between and among leadership and stakeholders, all in an effort to create a more effective organization.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Devise and deploy organizational development interventions to improve performance

Assess, compare, and contrast different models of change

Troubleshoot organizational issues and find creative solutions to problems

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Communication Management with a concentration in Organizational Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

4

Core Courses

5

Concentration
Courses

3

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

COMM 4045 Applied Critical Thinking in Communication
COMM 4900 Communication Inquiry, Analysis, and Trends
COMM 4905 Storytelling through Research and Measurement
COMM 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

COMM 4010 Business Insights for Communicators
ORL 4110 Fundamentals of Organization Development
ORL 4115 Organizational Culture and Organizational Development Impacts
ORL 4120
Team Interventions
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Communication Management program include:

COMM 4002 Dynamic Presentation and Training Methods
COMM 4006 Building High-Performing Teams
COMM 4016 Persuasion and Influence
COMM 4030 Managing Learning in Organizations
COMM 4032 Managing Organizational Change
COMM 4035
Cultural Intelligence through Communication
COMM 4150 Reputation Management & Crisis Communication
COMM 4200 Instructional Design
COMM 4203 Adult Learning Strategies and Theories
COMM 4206 Evaluating Learning and Development Effectiveness
ORL 4400 Leading Strategic Planning in Organizations
ORL 4420 Leading Change for Transformation
ORL 4530 Leading a Culture of Organizational Innovation

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Communication Management program. 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.

 

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Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Communication Management.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Organizational Development

Communication professionals can expect a 6% growth through 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Organizational development skills will be needed as organizations continue to evolve to meet the shifting demands of consumers and technology. According to LinkedIn, the top industries organizational development consultants work for are management consulting, human resources, professional training and coaching, and healthcare.

Job Titles

Organizational Development Specialist
Professional Development Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Instructional Designer
Coach
Consultant
Strategic Design Manager
Organizational Development Analyst

Organization Development Manager Salary: National Average

$73,626

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“I think the return on investment for me is very tangible. It helped me get a higher-level role and it helped me secure a better life for myself.” —Martha Brown, graduate.

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Megan Castle

Communications Manager, Department of Transportation

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Erin Iwata

VP, Digital Marketing Heinrich Marketing

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Rich Khleif

Senior Director-Communications, Connections, & Customer, Insights Oracle

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Lora Ledermann

Scream Agency

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Andy Mountain

President, GBSM

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Bob Noguiera

Director Human Resources, West Division Comcast Cable

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Julie Reeves

Vice President Marketing, Rachio

Accreditation

 


Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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