Organization Development and Leadership, M.S.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Saint Joseph’s University Master’s of Science in Organization Development and Leadership is to educate adult students to create more effective and healthy human systems in an inclusive world community.  Students learn to foster sustainable change in individuals, groups and organizational systems by applying theories, principles and research in the fields of organization development, adult learning, organizational psychology and organizational dynamics.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

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.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Concentration

The Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Concentration will take you to the next level of leadership, practice and scholarship with the goal of cultivating an inclusive workplace culture where people feel valued and know that they belong.   This concentration is for students who are either champions or aspiring champions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles and practices in the workplace. Students will learn to apply scholarly theories and practical tools to help foster and promote inclusion and belonging on teams, in organizational systems and align personal values with  career aspirations. Students will become fluent in the languages of social identity, impact of social context and group dynamics and psychological and neuropsychological constructs that result in implicit bias, discrimination, marginalization and scapegoating.   Students will learn how to develop partnerships, facilitate inclusive conversations, create change within an institution, and understand methods for researching, implementing and evaluating DIB initiatives. Students will build on their ability to be ethical leaders and to collaborate in increasingly diverse work settings.

Objectives

  •  Learn how to lead others by developing competencies such as self awareness, self management, communication, system awareness and developing others
  • Apply theories of social identity, psychological safety and group dynamics to foster an inclusive workplace culture.
  • Design strategies to implement changes that enhance DIB and equity in the workplace
  •  Collaborate, consult and coach partners/ clients to assess needs and develop solutions
  • Formulate and conduct research and evaluation

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

ODL 610Social Identity Theories3
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
ODL 760Inclusive Convers:DEI at Work3
ODL 750Change Leader:Facilitating Chg6
Electives: ODL 600:79912
ODL 775Applications DEI at Work3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3
Total Hours42

Talent Development and Leadership (TDL) Concentration 

The Talent Development and Leadership concentration (TDL) focuses on the training, education and development of employees in the workplace.  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

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:

ODL 600Adult Learning:Theory &App3
ODL 605Performance Consulting3
ODL 610Social Identity Theories3
ODL 615Learning Design & Implem3
Electives: ODL 600:799, HED 575, EDL 65512
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 710Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn3
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3
Total Hours36

Concentration in Organizational Dynamics and Leadership

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.

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:

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:

ODL 660Strategic Leadership3
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 710Interven Skills: Strat & Desgn3
Electives: ODL 600:799, HED 575, EDL 65527
Total Hours36

Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development

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.

 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:

ODL 605Performance Consulting3
ODL 620Psych Assessments3
ODL 660Strategic Leadership3
ODL 625Psych of Executive Coaching3
or ODL 680 Coaching Leader
ODL 630Ldshp & Team Development3
or ODL 665 Leading Teams
ODL 635Positive Org Psyc& Scholarship3
or ODL 600 Adult Learning:Theory &App
or ODL 695 Org Change: A Gestalt Approach
or ODL 760 Inclusive Convers:DEI at Work
Electives: ODL 600:799, HED 575, EDL 6559
ODL 705Facilitating Org Development3
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3
Total Hours36

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. 

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. 

 Concentration in Organizational Leadership 

The Concentration in Organizational Development and Leadership 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 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
  • 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.
ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3
ODL 750Change Leader:Facilitating Chg6
Electives: ODL 600:79912
ODL 780Research Design & Eval3
ODL 785Advanced Seminar3
Total Hours36