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Master's in ​Organization Development (MA)

The Flex-Track master's degree in organization development is focused on improving workplace performance in a 21st century global business world. 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.  


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Location: Chicago, Online, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Fall B, Spring, Spring B, Summer
Program Type: Master's, Eight-week

The master's degree 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 seeking an MA in organizational development will complete twelve courses to form a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to assess organizational and individual needs, identify and implement solutions, and generate support.

Donnette Noble
, Department Contact

What Differentiates Us

Put Your Training To Work

Put Your Training To Work

Classes are mapped to the Association for Talent Development Competency Model — students can be sure that what they learn in the classroom will transfer seamlessly in to their careers.

Flexible Curriculum

Flexible Curriculum

Flexible delivery options including online, campus and flipped classrooms — Roosevelt was one of the first to offer this degree program fully online.

Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

We have excellent faculty with years of experience in the field — our faculty brings years of relevant knowledge and skill into the classroom.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Every business needs an expert in improvement, whether it's a consultant or in-house. Through a series of courses, students will receive extensive training in workplace learning; instructional methods and delivery; instructional design models and theories; evaluation; and the latest technologies used in adult learning. Students will develop highly marketable skills that will prepare them to reshape tomorrow's workforce.

Sample Courses

  • Career Development in Organizations
  • Adult Learning Theory and Application
  • Team Building and Leadership Skills
  • Consulting Tools and Techniques
  • Project Management
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Evaluation Research Methods
  • Organization Development
  • Human Performance Improvement
  • Executive Coaching

Outcomes

Career Options

Our graduates have have held these titles or worked in the following fields:

  • Human capital development, senior director
  • Human resources, facilitator and coach
  • Leadership development
  • Talent acquisition and management
  • Organizational effectiveness consultant
  • Performance improvement consultant
  • Organization development director
  • Change management consultant
In Good Company
Our graduates have gone on to work for these organizations, among others:
  • AbbVie
  • ManPowerGroup
  • Fortune Brands
  • Swedish American
  • Advocate Health Care
  • American Airlines
  • Walgreen's
  • McDonald's
  • Accenture
  • U.S. Cellular
  • LinkedIn
  • Astella Pharma
  • Chicago Police Department
  • ADP
  • University of Chicago
  • Mariano's
  • Moltorola Solutions
  • Accenture
  • Walgreen's National University of Health Sciences
  • Citizens Bank
  • Rotary International
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

Testimonials

I have always had an interest in assisting people, teams, and companies with analyzing gaps and talent development. I selected the Masters of Arts in Organizational Development (MAOD) at Roosevelt University because I felt this program aligned with building my knowledge and skills around my interest. I would highly recommend the MAOD program from Roosevelt University because each of the twelve courses I took increased not only my knowledge and expertise but my confidence. I felt that the combination of learning from the professors and adjunct faculty was an excellent blend. I have been able to implement these skills in both my personal and professional life. The program helped me uncover that I do not need to be an expert in all aspects of organizational development and realize it is okay to surround myself with people that have the expertise I may be lacking. Although I have been in my role for a while, I know that what I have learned will allow me to expand on my current position and open up opportunities in the future. I am proud to say that I graduated from Roosevelt University.
Margaret O'Donnell - ​Master of Arts in Organization Development '16
The Master of Arts in Organization Development is the perfect degree for those who want to lead and inspire change in individuals and organizations. The applications are many and varied and can lead to exciting and important work in coaching, career development, organizational success, and change.
​Kathy Iverson
Associate Professor, Training and Development​, Roosevelt University
Admission

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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