Master in Organizational Development

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Master in Organizational Development

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Develop the skills to address contemporary organizational challenges, lead change initiatives and increase effectiveness.

Learn to enhance organizational effectiveness and resiliency with relevant theory and interdisciplinary knowledge. Acquire skills in organizational assessment, diagnosis, implementation, and evaluation that will prepare you to assume a leadership role. Our program was designed with working professionals in mind. Evening and weekend class times accommodate your busy schedule, while small class sizes and a unique cohort system promote richer relationships and a more hands-on experience.

The M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) program empowers professionals to lead change through collaboration and mutually trusting relationships in the organizational system. Students study theories and models of OD, practice participatory action research and develop skills to effectively contribute to, manage, and lead teams. The MSOD program values self-awareness, self-care, reflection, and compassion as building blocks of change. The MSOD program curriculum is designed around four essential elements that define the field: reflection (self-as-instrument), diagnosis, implementation, and evaluation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Understanding the Foundations, Theories, and Models of OD

  • Students will become familiar with the key concepts, research, theories and models in OD.
  • Students will apply OD theories and models to change interventions in organizations.

Ability to Lead Change and Use Self-as-Instrument

  • Students will develop skills in building collaborative, mutually trusting relationships in an organizational system, contracting with clients, defining goals, providing and receiving feedback and implementing interventions adhering to the values and principles of OD practice.
  • Students will practice self-reflection, skillful communication, effective negotiation and conflict resolution and self-care and use their own feelings as valuable information about how the organization functions.

Proficiency in Organizational Inquiry, Research, and Analysis

  • Students will become proficient in field research, participatory action research and related data collection methods (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation).
  • Students will be able to analyze qualitative and quantitative data, interpret findings, make data-based recommendations and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.

Competence with Teams, Culture, and Diversity

  • Students will attain skills to effectively contribute to teams as well as develop and empower others to work effectively in team contexts.
  • Students will understand the impact global culture and diversity inclusion has on organizational culture and will be able to work effectively across cultural perspectives.

Connection to San Francisco Location and Ignatian Education Values

  • Students will apply OD in San Francisco Bay Area organizations across sector, industry, and organizational life cycle.
  • Students will develop and promote Ignatian values in their OD work (e.g., caring for the mind, body, and spirit of the whole person, striving for excellence, providing service to those in need, reflecting then acting for change)

Master of Science in Organization Development Program Requirements

Students complete 32 credits—24 credits of core coursework and 8 credits of electives.

  • OD 660 - Leadership and Organizations
  • OD 661 - Leading Organization Change and Development
  • OD 664 - Negotiation and Bargaining Strategy*
  • OD 665 - Project Management Foundations*
  • OD 668 - Research and Analysis for Organization Diagnosis and Evaluation
  • OD 671 - Consulting Practices
  • OD 673 - Large-Scale Systems Transformation
  • OD 674 - Individual & Team Interventions
  • OD 683 - Statistics Fundamentals1
  • OD 684 - Finance & Accounting Fundamentals1
  • OD 690 - Organization Development Culminating Project
  • OD 691 - Academic Global Immersion*

*Possible elective classes

The MSOD Student Experience

The Master of Science in Organization Development acts as a catalyst for personal change and transformation and teaches the skills you need to advance. For managers involved in heavy people or change management, the MSOD degree will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in organizational activity so that you can successfully lead change initiatives.

Practical Foundation

Successful organizational development is grounded in the understanding of people and process. Whether you work in nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental organizations, USF’s MSOD offers a comprehensive curriculum that is built across the sector boundaries of nonprofits, government agencies, and for-profit corporations so that you are prepared to transform the health of any organization.

Professional Application

As the largest organization development program in the Bay Area, we draw students from major enterprises across the public and private sectors, enabling interactions with professionally-oriented students for unparalleled networking opportunities. We expose students to the leading edge of organization development practice and during the program, you will participate in three consulting projects with leading Bay Area organizations.

Working with a diverse cohort of practitioners from a variety of fields, you will focus on intra- and interpersonal competencies while you tackle real-world challenges. You will also have the unique opportunity for a global perspective through Academic Global Immersions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 28, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
21 months
Full time
47,200 USD
USA - San Francisco, California
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