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Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership

The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership 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.


The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its full alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum human resources content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Student Eligibility

Students who are enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that has been approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff as being aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. Students must also have accumulated at least 500 hours of an internship or practical HR experience and must be in good standing with their school. See a current listing of approved schools at

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.  Core Coursework (24 hours)

ORGL 6301
Principles of Ethical Leadership
Course Description

This course explores the ethical framework of moral behavior and moral influence within which truly effective leadership is rooted.  This course considers the normative theories of leadership, issues of character, the practice of ethical decision making, general ethical perspectives, leading effectively in times of ethical crisis, and creating an ethical organizational climate.

ORGD 6320
Organizational Behavior and Learning
Course Description

Emphasis is placed on the contributions of the behavioral sciences toward understanding human behavior in organizations along several dimensions. Using a participative framework, students examine individual, group, and organizational issues relevant to today’s changing workplace. Same as ORGD 7320. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ORGD 6330
Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
Course Description

Course emphasizes the development of quantitative and qualitative organizational research and analysis techniques. Interviewing, participant observation, artifact analysis and principles of survey design, administration and evaluation represent a few of the techniques covered in this course as they relate to organizational assessment and problem solving. Students will become familiar with the concepts, principles, and techniques of research design, data collection, sampling, analysis and reporting. Students will also become familiar with the importance of ethical behavior as it relates to research activities. Students will develop the ability to produce and report descriptive statistics related to organizational survey assessment.

ORGL 6343
Strategic Leadership
Course Description

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of strategic leadership in the context of organizational development.

ORGD 6351
Foundations of Organizational Development
Course Description

Course will provide an overview of the discipline of Organizational Development (OD), the phases of OD practice, and in-depth exploration of organizational entry/contracting, diagnosis of problems, and feedback of diagnostic results and action-planning. The ethics and values of the OD professional and self-assessment will be an integrative theme and experience during the semester.

Prerequisites: ORGD 6320 and ORGD 6330. Same as ORGD 7351.

ORGD 6352
Interventions in Organizational Development
Course Description

This course builds on the Foundations of OD, with emphasis on developing and implementing OD interventions, as well as evaluating and sustaining the interventions. Interventions such as human resource development, teambuilding, process improvement and restructuring are explored.

Prerequisite: ORGD 6351. Same as ORGD 7352.

PMBA 6309
Applied Human Resource Management
Course Description

PMBA 6309 is proposed as an elective course in EAP that replaces BMGT 6311.  This course covers the fundamentals of human resource management from an applied perspective in support of a 9-hour specialization in Human Resource Management.  Finally, a foundational human resource management course is a standard option for students interested in this specialization.

Context: No Prerequisite

Course Description

This project based course builds upon the knowledge, skills and abilities gained and developed in the core and concentration coursework and the student’s employment experiences. Actual organizational issues are analyzed, discussed and possible strategies are evaluated and defended. Student projects are based on organizational issues that are consistent with the student’s area of concentration.

Prerequisite: Final semester or permission of instructor.

B. Recommended Electives or Transfer Credit (12 hours)

ORGD 6370
Human Performance Improvement
Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of Human Performance Improvement (HPI). There are multiple reasons for performance problems. HPI is a systematic process designed to understand the causes for the gap between desired performance and actual performance, and to recommend, implement and evaluate solutions to narrow that gap.

ORGD 6360
Leading Change
Course Description

This course presents different frameworks for understanding, implementing and leading organizational change efforts. Key challenges and common mistakes in the change process are highlighted, with best practices introduced to provide the student with the tools to lead small and large change initiatives.

ORGD 6340
Organizational Consulting
Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of organizational consulting, both as an internal and external consultant, including: the consulting process, tactic and strategies, client management, and ethics of consulting.

ADED 6381
Adult Learning and Development
Course Description

The study of how adults learn in a variety of institutional settings and in learning at their own initiative. Includes theories of learning, development, and participation and the social, political, and ethical concerns of making learning available to all adults who seek it.

ADED 6388
Effective Teams and Groups
Course Description

An examination of and the consequent development of those skills necessary for facilitating learning in order to increase productivity in task-oriented groups of adults. Issues, problems and concepts frequently encountered are addressed, as well as possible solutions.

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.

ACE Military Transfer Credits

ACE - Organizational Design and Development
ACE - Managerial Leadership
ACE - Executive Communication
ACE - Project Management

Program Sequence

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.

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:
Applied 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