Organizational Development and Leadership M.S.

Concentration in Adult Learning and Training

Program Objectives

The Adult Learning and Training Concentration (ALT) focuses on Talent Development and Leadership.  This enhances career development and is designed for leaders who are building careers in Organizational Change and for Adult Educators, Talent Managers, Trainers Facilitators, Curriculum Designers, Instructional Designers, Technical Trainers, Consultants, Health Education Professionals, and individuals in career transitions.  Students will develop skills and knowledge in designing and facilitating talent development and training programs and utilizing experiential and adult learning methods to lead others and facilitate learning experiences.  Learning objectives for the Master’s Degree Concentration in Adult Learning and Training are to:

  • Learn how to lead others by developing competencies such as self-awareness, self- management, communication, organizational awareness and managing others.
  • Analyze learning and performance needs
  • Consult with employers and clients to develop talent by implementing learning strategies, training programs, coaching programs and workshops
  • Design interventions and instructional approaches that meet objectives
  • Increase self-awareness about personal learning and professional development
  • Facilitate programs based in adult learning principles, methods and techniques
  • Measure outcomes and evaluate performance improvement

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program with a concentration in Adult Learning and Training must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must have two or more years of professional work experience. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 may have to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores and request provisional status for admission.  Applicants should submit and online graduate application form and all required documents outlined in the admissions section for Graduate Arts and Sciences.

Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development

Program Objectives

The Organizational Psychology and Development Concentration strengthens the ability of Organization Development Practitioners, Human Resource Professionals, Project Leaders, Managers, Change Agents, Internal and External Consultants, Mental Health Professionals and individuals in career transition to develop assessment, planning, facilitation and consulting skills in guiding and implementing change in self, groups and organizations. Learning objectives for the Master’s Degree Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development are to:

  • Collaborate with sponsors/clients by helping to assess their needs
  • Collect and act on quantitative and qualitative data that identifies organization and individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn new skills to create strategies that align individual and departmental goals with organizational objectives
  • Leverage internal/external resources to deliver excellent client services by concentrating on the work issues and problems that matter
  • Develop measurements that help clients focus their behaviors on achieving specific outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must have four or more years of professional work experience in organizations. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 may have to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores and request provisional status for admission.

Applicants should submit an online graduate application form and all required documents  as outlined in the admission section for Graduate Arts and Sciences.

Concentration in Organizational Dynamics and Leadership

Program Objectives

The Organizational Dynamics and Leadership Concentration is designed to enhance the capability of executives, middle managers, project managers, sales managers, human service directors and supervisors, educational leaders, government officials, supervisors, military officers, and HR administrators in cultivating their ability to lead. The Concentration is designed for busy professionals who have a clear understanding of their educational objectives. The curriculum of the program focuses on the human side of business with training in organizational behavior, leadership development, and personal growth. A variety of management models and tools are studied: including: Emotional and Social Intelligence, leadership styles, team development, cultural competence, power and authority dynamics and effective communication

Learning objectives for the Master’s Degree Concentration in Organization Dynamics and Leadership are to:

  • Emphasize leadership competencies such as self-awareness, inspirational leadership, influence and managing conflict by developing the ability to learn and value others knowledge and experience.
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of psychology and education to successfully initiate, execute, and  implement strategic and operational goals by creating positive work environments.
  • Learn skills and knowledge to translate vision, both professional and personal, into reality by broadening the student’s comfort zone through self-assessment.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program Online with a must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.  In addition, applicants must have six or more years of professional work experience in organizations. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 may have to either submit a work resume that shows a substantial post-undergraduate work history or submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.

Applicants should submit an online graduate application form and all required documents  as outlined in the admission section for Graduate Arts and Sciences.

Concentration in Organizational Leadership - Online

Program Objectives

The Concentration in Organizational Development and Leadership (Online) is designed to enhance the capability of executives, middle managers, project managers, sales managers, human service directors and supervisors, educational leaders, government officials, supervisors, military officers, and HR administrators in cultivating their ability to lead. The Concentration is designed for busy professionals who have a clear understanding of their educational objectives. The curriculum of the program focuses on the human side of business with training in organizational behavior, leadership development, and personal growth. A variety of management models and tools are studied: including: Emotional and Social Intelligence, leadership styles, team development, cultural competence, power and authority dynamics and effective communication

Learning objectives for the Organization Development and Leadership Master’s Degree Online are to:

  • Emphasize leadership competencies such as self-awareness, inspirational leadership, influence and manage conflict by developing the ability to learn and value others’ knowledge and experience.
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of psychology and education to successfully initiate, execute, and  implement strategic and operational goals by creating positive work environments.
  • Learn skills and knowledge to translate vision, both professional and personal, into reality by broadening the student’s comfort zone through self-assessment.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program with a concentration in Organization Development and Leadership (Online) must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must have six or more years of professional work experience in organizations. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 may have to either submit a work resume that shows a substantial post-undergraduate work history or submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.

Applicants should submit an online graduate application form and all required documents as outlined in the admission section for Online Graduate Arts and Sciences Programs.

Learning Goals and Objective 

Goal 1:  Students will gain knowledge and apply the history, theories, values, ethics, processes and practices of Organization Development to their workplace, communities and/or personal lives.

Objective 1.1:  Students will display the ability to conduct assessments, build relationships, and intervene for positive human impact at the individual, group, and organization levels of system

Objective 1.2:  Students will practice and assess the use of dialogical models, feedback, coaching and simulations designed to transform individuals and effect change in organizations.

Objective 1.3:  Students will examine the influence of organizational culture on behavior change.

Goal 2:  Students will develop interpersonal and leadership competencies for lifelong learning in themselves and others.

Objective 2.1:  Students will use recommended models of leadership (e.g., emotional intelligence, situational leadership, whole brain theory, neuroscience, etc.) to document growth in self-awareness.

Objective 2.2:  Students will demonstrate self-awareness through learning activities, critical reflection and demonstrating knowledge grounded in current research and models of leadership development like emotional intelligence, situational leadership, whole brain theory, neuroscience, etc.

Objective 2.3:  Students will be able to describe and/ or demonstrate knowledge of the relationships between learning, leadership, and change.

Goal 3:  Students will respect, value and demonstrate academic research and writing

Objectives 3.1:  The student will complete a thesis or capstone using APA style applicable to the workplace or academic discipline.

Concentration in Adult Learning and Training

The Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership with a Concentration in Adult Learning and Training consists of twelve 3-credit courses. The thirty-six credits are distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses
ODL 600Adult Learning:Theory &App3
ODL 605Performance Consulting3
ODL 610Adult Learning Methods3
ODL 615Learning Design & Implem3
Electives
These courses help students develop expertise in a specific area of interest. Students select four elective courses. The courses below are a sample of electives that can be taken. Substitution is permissible with permission of your advisor. (Foundation courses from the Organization Psychology Concentration can be taken as electives.)
ODL 618e-learning Design3
ODL 620Psych Assessments3
ODL 625Psych of Executive Coaching3
ODL 630Ldshp & Team Development3
ODL 635Positive Org Psyc& Scholarship3
ODL 645Leadership Principles3
ODL 646Career Dev Theory & Practice3
ODL 647Appreciative Inquiry3
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 668Social Media & Learning3
ODL 675Implementing Change3
ODL 680Coaching & Mentoring Skills3
ODL 685Sem in Global Organ Issues3
ODL 686Global Leadership3
ODL 690Creative Problem Solving3
ODL 695Org Change: A Gestalt Approach3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
HED 575Stress and Crisis Management3
EDL 655Interpersonal Relations3
Advanced Courses
The Advanced Courses are designed to provide students with advanced facilitation, influence, consulting and intervention skills.
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 710Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn3
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3

 Concentration in Organizational Dynamics and Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership with a Concentration in Organization Dynamics and Leadership consists of twelve 3-credit courses. The thirty-six credits are distributed as follow:

Foundation Courses
The Foundation Courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have a common body of knowledge in performance consulting, strategic leadership and specific organizational psychology concepts. All three Foundation Courses are required.
ODL 660Strategic Leadership3
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 710Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn3
Elective Courses
Elective courses explore some of the most important forces that shape organizations today and help students develop expertise in specific areas of interest. Students select nine electives. Substitution is permissible under certain circumstances and advisor approval.
ODL 600Adult Learning:Theory &App3
ODL 615Learning Design & Implem3
ODL 618e-learning Design3
ODL 620Psych Assessments3
ODL 625Psych of Executive Coaching3
ODL 630Ldshp & Team Development3
ODL 645Leadership Principles3
ODL 646Career Dev Theory & Practice3
ODL 647Appreciative Inquiry3
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 668Social Media & Learning3
ODL 675Implementing Change3
ODL 680Coaching & Mentoring Skills3
ODL 685Sem in Global Organ Issues3
ODL 686Global Leadership3
ODL 690Creative Problem Solving3
ODL 695Org Change: A Gestalt Approach3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
HED 575Stress and Crisis Management3
EDL 655Interpersonal Relations3

Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development\

The Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership with a Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development consists of twelve 3-credit courses. The thirty-six credits are distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses (four courses)
ODL 605Performance Consulting3
ODL 620Psych Assessments3
ODL 660Strategic Leadership3
Chose one of the following (Coaching Block):
ODL 625Psych of Executive Coaching3
or ODL 680 Coaching & Mentoring Skills
Choose one of the following (Team Block):
ODL 630Ldshp & Team Development3
or ODL 665 Leading Teams
Choose one of the following (Current Methods Block):
ODL 635Positive Org Psyc& Scholarship3
or ODL 647 Appreciative Inquiry
or ODL 695 Org Change: A Gestalt Approach
Elective Courses
ODL 600Adult Learning:Theory &App3
ODL 615Learning Design & Implem3
ODL 618e-learning Design3
ODL 625Psych of Executive Coaching3
ODL 630Ldshp & Team Development3
ODL 635Positive Org Psyc& Scholarship3
ODL 645Leadership Principles3
ODL 646Career Dev Theory & Practice3
ODL 647Appreciative Inquiry3
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 668Social Media & Learning3
ODL 675Implementing Change3
ODL 680Coaching & Mentoring Skills3
ODL 685Sem in Global Organ Issues3
ODL 686Global Leadership3
ODL 690Creative Problem Solving3
ODL 695Org Change: A Gestalt Approach3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
HED 575Stress and Crisis Management3
EDL 655Interpersonal Relations3
Advanced Courses
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 710Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn3
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3

ODL Elective Option: Health Administration

An option exists for selected students working in the health care industry who require more knowledge and skills in the Organizational Development and Leadership field. Students who wish to pursue graduate courses in Health Administration and who enrolled in the Master of Science program in Organizational Development and Leadership may choose the following courses in place of Elective courses offered. Students must meet the admission requirements for Health Administration. All Foundation and Advanced Courses would be required with any four of the following courses taken in place of Elective courses. Course substitution is permissible under certain circumstances and advisor approval.

HSV 550Health Services Research3
HAD 552Health Administration3
HAD 553Health Care Organization3
HAD 600Ethics of Health Care3
HSV 551Managed Health Care3
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
or ODL 660 Strategic Leadership
ODL 665Leading Teams3
or ODL 705 Facilitating Org Development
ODL 665Leading Teams3
or ODL 710 Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn

 Concentration in Organizational Leadership - Online

Foundation Courses
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
ODL 750Change Leader:Facilitating Chg *6
Elective Courses
These courses help students develop expertise in a specific area of interest. Students select four elective courses. The courses below are a sample of electives that can be taken. Substitution is permissible with permission of your advisor.
ODL 600Adult Learning:Theory &App3
ODL 646Career Dev Theory & Practice3
ODL 647Appreciative Inquiry3
ODL 670Strategic Leader Ethics&Values3
ODL 680Coaching & Mentoring Skills3
ODL 685Sem in Global Organ Issues3
ODL 686Global Leadership3
ODL 695Org Change: A Gestalt Approach3
Advanced Courses
The Advanced Courses are designed to provide students with advanced facilitation, influence, consulting and intervention skills.
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3