Master of Organization Development (MOD)

Organization Development

Leadership is a lifelong journey. An Executive Master of Organization Development (MOD) degree from Bowling Green State University prepares leaders, managers, consultants and educators to successfully navigate the complex challenges of ever-evolving organizational and societal landscapes. 

Our graduates work in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, assisting their organizations and communities in being effective, productive and successful. 

The BGSU executive master's program is a specialized, graduate-level program for working professionals. The University pioneered this first-of-its-kind degree in the 1970s. It sought to equip emerging leaders with a fast-track to organizational insights and management skills to drive positive change in their organizations and communities. 

Become an invaluable resource to employers, organizations and communities, and make lasting professional connections with an Executive Master of Organization Development degree from BGSU. 

Program highlights

  • Expedite your expertise. Our program is designed to allow working professionals to complete it within 20 months.
  • Flexible, convenient schedule. Hybrid courses – both online and in person – maximize adaptability for those with busy work schedules. 
  • Stellar national reputation. BGSU is renowned as the first university to offer the Executive Master of Organization Development degree. We are proud to continue to offer this exemplary program in organization development and change. 
  • Lifelong professional connections. BGSU follows a cohort-based learning model. Form strong bonds with other professionals through lively class discussions, collaborative group projects, online discourse, video conferencing, lecture reviews, two residency weekends/semester and a 10-day international field study trip.
  • AACSB accredited. Executive MOD courses are taught by outstanding faculty at The Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business. The college’s programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Just 20% of graduate programs worldwide meet these standards.

BGSU’s business graduate programs have been on The Princeton Review’s  list of Best Business Schools  for the last 10 consecutive years.

Career opportunities

Strong leaders spur society forward. The BGSU curriculum for the Executive Master of Organization Development degree is designed to propel your organization – and career – to the next level. 

Continuing education is an increasing imperative in today’s competitive global business environment. A master’s degree is practically a must-have for executive positions. Advanced skills gained in organization development elevate professionals to expanded job options, faster promotions and higher compensation.

Prospective students in the program hold a variety of roles in their professional lives. They include managers, executive directors, consultants, educators and human resources professionals. They come from a variety of industries in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The common ingredient is their desire to make a difference in their organizations and communities. 

Career paths

  • CEOs and executive roles
  • Human resource specialists
  • Risk management directors
  • Organizational leadership specialists
  • Change managers
  • Service directors
  • National sales directors
  • Learning and development/Training and development professionals

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The EMOD curriculum emphasizes the “human side of organizations.” We teach our students to Innovate, Collaborate, Lead and Transform. We rely on evidence-based practice to help create effective, human-centered organizational systems.

Learning goals are based on a holistic approach to organization development – the head, heart and hands of the work.

By blending practical relevance with academic rigor, the Executive Master of Organization Development degree prepares professionals to lead the charge for strategic change and sustainable growth.

Students will master:

  • Organization development and change management methods. Change is growth. Dive deep into the theories, practices and processes of organizational development and change. Learn time-tested frameworks and methodologies to launch, lead and sustain compelling change initiatives. 
  • Resilience and adaptive leadership. Dynamic markets mean change is inevitable. The BGSU EMOD program teaches leaders how to maximize personal and organizational resilience.  
  • Innovative problem-solving skills. Advanced problem-solving skills are pivotal to the science of executive leadership. EMOD students learn how to collect and analyze organizational data to make informed, evidence-based decisions. 
  • Cross-cultural leadership skills. Successful ventures foster collaboration, diversity and innovation. Gain skills needed to spearhead these initiatives in a 10-day, international field study experience. 

BGSU strives to empower the next generation of executives, managers and community leaders with the insights, skills and connections necessary to navigate the complexities of a changing world. 

Capstone project

The Executive MOD program culminates in an applied field experience during the capstone class on Mastering Change. 

Client projects are chosen from nonprofit, community and civic organizations. Experienced executive student consulting teams work to resolve a variety of issues related to organization development and change. These include:

  • Organizational diagnosis
  • Strategic planning
  • Organization design and structure
  • Leadership development
  • Organizational climate/culture scans
  • Talent development strategies 
  • Workflow/job redesign
  • Integration of policies, procedures and work activities
  • Team dynamics and team building

The learning and the opportunity to give back to the community is inspiring and a great source of pride in meaningful work. Feedback from capstone client organizations has been overwhelmingly positive: 

“I am so grateful that our organization was selected and that the staff, board, partners and myself will be able to mature and improve as an agency with your wonderful and huge donation of expertise. It has been a very unusual and wonderful boost to me and the organization that will have long-term positive outcomes for the quality and sustainability of our services for those we serve.” – Executive director 

“First, I was astonished by the amount of work you did in such a short period of time. With only one semester, I was expecting a 12-page consulting report providing a list of six generic recommendations. Thankfully, we had different expectations; your standards were much higher than mine. I want to sincerely thank you for all the hours you dedicated in an effort to assist us in improving our practices that will in turn operationalize our strategic plan throughout the entire organization. I was looking for a quick fix, and as so often happens, true success will only occur after hard work. Thank you for that reminder.”  – Executive director

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Introducing Organizational Change
  • Enhancing Individual and Group Effectiveness
  • Organizational Inquiry
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Building Strategic Organizations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Collaborative Technologies for Change
  • Engaging Whole Systems for Large Scale Change
  • Exploring International Organization Development
  • Mastering Change
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BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

The Executive Master of Organization Development (MOD) program is part of the BGSU Graduate College and Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business.

Updated: 05/15/2024 08:14PM