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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 Leadership
ORGD 6320 - Organizational Behavior and Learning
BMGT 6311 - Human Resources Management
ORGD 6330 - Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
ORGL 6343 - Strategic Leadership
ORGD 6351 - Foundations of Organizational Development
ORGD 6352 - Interventions in Organizational Development
ORGD 63CS - Capstone

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

ORGD 6370 - Human Performance Technology
ORGD 6360 - Leading Change
ORGD 6340 - Organizational Consulting
ADED 6381 - Adult Learning and Development
ADED 6388 - Effective Teams and Groups
ACE - Organizational Design and Development
ACE - Managerial Leadership
ACE - Executive Communication
ACE - 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 military officers and some senior enlisted personnel.  Officers and 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 that has been evaluated by the American Council of Education (ACE) as graduate level coursework. 

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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