Organization Development (MAOD)

The Master of Arts in Organization Development at St. Edward’s empowers you to manage and influence change — a crucial competence in today’s fast-moving, often turbulent workplace. You’ll master the discipline of helping an organization solve problems and be prepared to lead successful transitions, and even transformations, in any industry or organization.

Watch the video to see professor and active organization development practitioner Tom Shindell explain the benefits of studying under professors with work experience in a variety of fields and organizations. Jason Gutierrez MAOD '16 shares how the program helps him take his leadership and management skills to the next level.

Master of Arts in Organization Development

Convenient Class Schedules:

The MA in Organization Development is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals. You will focus on one seven-week class at a time, meeting for 3.5 hours each week. Students take two seven-week classes each semester, with classes meeting on the same night for the duration of the program. This allows you to finish the MAOD in two years.

Overview:

In the MA in Organization Development program, students examine factors that influence their beliefs and behaviors to develop themselves as agents of change. You’ll bolster your analytical and leadership skills while learning to initiate process improvement programs, employee education and other interventions for positive change. You’ll study ethical issues and human systems theory — including why there is often so much resistance to change — and how to help employees grow during accelerated or unpredictable shifts. And you’ll learn effective approaches to conflict resolution, as well as preventive measures to address human resource management policies.

The MA in Organization Development paves the way for leadership roles that are both personally and financially rewarding. Career paths for graduates include working as training and development professionals, mediators, program directors, human resource and labor specialists, and other positions dedicated to improving outcomes. Graduates may also use their MA in Organization Development to pursue their own practice in management, as well as a change management consultant, assisting managers and executives to achieve organizational goals.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. YEAR ONE CORE COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
You must successfully complete the following six courses:
• Organizational Systems, Culture and Complexity
• Adult Learning
• Organization Development Principles and Practices
• Conflict Analysis and Resolution
• Human Resources Management
• Leadership Development

II. YEAR TWO CORE COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
You must successfully complete the following four courses:
• HRD/Performance Improvement
• Legal and Ethical Issues
• Methods of Research
• Consulting and Group Process Facilitation

III. YEAR TWO CAPSTONE SEQUENCE (6 CREDIT HOURS):
You must successfully complete the following two courses:
• Action Learning
• Capstone