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Master’s Concentration

Organizational Development

Spearhead the change you wish to see at your organization! Learn to connect culture, structure, and strategy, and manage change by leveraging organizational development best practices. You’ll gain insight into the history and challenges of organizational development, then learn to construct a diagnosis plan, synthesize data, and communicate your findings while adhering to a personal philosophy about organizational development.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$40,032

Format
Evening or Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Assess, compare, and contrast different models of change

Create organizational assessments

Develop and defend a personal philosophy of organizational change

Curriculum

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)..

5

Core Courses

4

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.

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 
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ORL 4902 Capstone Seminar
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ORL 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar 
Concentration Courses

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

ORL 4110 Fundamentals of Organization Development
ORL 4115 Organizational Culture and Organizational Development Impacts
ORL 4120
ORL 4125
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Organizational Leadership program include:

ICT 4001
ORL 4130
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
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
HRA 4500 Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
HRA 4600 Human Relations in Organizations
GS 4050 Diversity and Organizational Structure
GS 4020 Culture, Identity, Power

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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Sample Schedule

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 Organizational Development.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Organizational Development

The job outlook for training and development specialists is expected to grow 11% through 2030. One major factor for growth is due to the constant need for workplace training and education.

Innovations in training methods will continue as organizations use technology and social networks in their training programs.
Job prospects with experience developing online and mobile training programs will have a competitive edge.

Job Titles

Organizational Development Specialist
Professional Development Manager
Business Manager
Coach
Consultant
Trainer
Strategic Design Manager
Organizational Development Analyst

Training and Development Specialist Salary: National Average

$59,020

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Organizational Leadership

“Every single class taught me something that I didn’t know before. Every single class had the capacity for me to grow with other people—even online.” —Mario Burton, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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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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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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