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MS in Organizational Development & Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (MSODL) is an accelerated graduate organizational development program of instruction designed to enhance each students’ understanding of the fundamental practices of organizational development while enabling the acquisition of the analytical skills necessary to lead others. The program provides convenient delivery design and formats for working professionals who seek the opportunity to complete an entire graduate organizational development and leadership graduate degree plan by taking two courses per 8-week session for 6 sessions. The MSODL degree requires students to successfully complete twelve courses (36 credit hours) representing key functional areas of organizational development and leadership including a capstone course that requires the student to develop a new, comprehensive case study under the supervision of a practicing Organizational Development Leader/Mentor. 

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the MSODL degree program, each student must complete 36 hours of graduate coursework as well as a significant research project as follows.  A minimum of 24 credit hours of courses for the Master’s Degree must be taken at the University of the Incarnate Word.

A.  24 semester hours of core coursework:

ORGL 6301 - Principles of Ethical Leaders
Organizational Behavior and Learning
Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
Human Resource Management
ORGL 6343 - Strategic Leadership
Foundations of Organizational Development
Organizational Development Interventions and Practices
MSODL Capstone 

B.  12 semester hours of recommended elective or transfer credit:

Leading Change
Organizational Consulting
Human Performance Improvement/Technology
Effective Teams and Groups
Organizational Design and Development
Managerial Leadership
Executive Communication
Project Management

Curriculum, Format, and Schedule

Although MSODL students may choose to pursue their degree at a less than accelerated pace, the program does enable highly driven and motivated students to complete their degree in six 8-week sessions by following the recommended schedule*.
*The MSODL recognizes the organizational development and leadership education that the US Department of Defense has invested in the development of senior enlisted personnel.  Senior enlisted military personnel may be able to satisfy elective degree completion requirements with official transcripts documenting equivalent senior enlisted leadership military education and training. 

Program Sequence

Recommended progression of coursework:

First eight week term:
Ethical Leadership
Recommended elective or transfer credit

Second eight week term:
Organizational Behavior and Learning
Recommended elective or transfer credit

Third eight week term:
Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
Foundations of Organizational Development

Fourth eight week term:
Human Resource Management
Strategic Leadership

Fifth eight week term:
Recommended elective or transfer credit
Organizational Development Interventions and Practices

Sixth eight week term:
MSODL Capstone
Recommended elective or transfer credit


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UIW Online Fall II term starts Oct. 20, 2014
Application deadline is Oct. 12

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Course Registration

UIW Online Course Registration

Registration for UIW Online Fall II courses opens Sept. 3.

Fall II Term begins on Monday, October 20, 2014.

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