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Master of Arts in Organization Development

With changes in globalization, information technology, and managerial innovation, organizations need professionals to build systems to support and improve both people and performance in the workplace. Professionals in organization development help build adaptable organizations while advancing employee capabilities to achieve higher levels of success. The MA in Organization Development helps students develop expertise in the theories and practices of organization development, a systematic approach to improving productivity and competence in organizational settings. Students will complete nine required courses and three electives to form a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to assess organizational and individual needs, identify and implement solutions, and generate support.

Classes are taught by industry leaders, who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format that are mapped to Assocaition for Talent Development (ATD formerly ASTD) competencies, so you are assured of receiving relevant curriculum that transfers immediately to the workplace.


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A written statement of academic and professional goals and a current resume are required.


A total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the degree.

In addition to 11 courses, students are required to complete a master's portfolio. The master's portfolio allows students to demonstrate their competency through reflection and assessment of previously completed projects as well as enhance their materials for professional presentation.

Click here to view requirements prior to fall 2014.

 Core Classes (9 courses)

  • TRDV 400 Introduction to Training and Development
  • TRDV 424 Consulting Tools and Techniques
  • TRDV 425 Project Management
  • TRDV 427 Organization Analysis and Design
  • TRDV 433 Managing Organizational Change
  • TRDV 434 Evaluation Research Methods
  • TRDV 435 Organization Development
  • TRDV 441 Human Performance Improvement
  • TRDV 499 Master’s Portfolio Project  

Electives (choose 3)

  • TRDV 420 Career Development in Organizations
  • TRDV 421 Facilitation and Presentation Skills
  • TRDV 423 Team Building & Leadership Skills
  • TRDV 426 Organization Communication
  • TRDV 428 Workplace Diversity
  • TRDV 429 Program Planning & Development
  • TRDV 431 Global Training
  • TRDV 432 Organizational Learning Strategies
  • TRDV 437 Creativity in the Workplace
  • TRDV 438 Blended Learning Solutions
  • TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Authoring-1
  • TRDV 445 Executive Coaching
  • TRDV 452 Designing and Fac. For Virtual Classroom
  • TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring-2
  • TRDV 455 Facilitation Skills
  • TRDV 501 Online Teaching Theory & Application
  • TRDV 502 Technologies for Teaching Online
  • TRDV 509 Seminar & Practice in Online Teaching
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