The Doctorate in Organization Development and Change (DODC) program is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

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Doctorate in

Organization Development and Change

The BGSU Organization Development & Change Doctorate program prepares​ scholar-practitioners​ ​(leaders,​ ​managers,​ ​consultants, educators, ​and​ ​facilitators)​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​​behavioral​ ​science​ to​ ​organizational leadership, transformation, and community revitalization.

A flexible, professional program aimed at leaders and change agents who aspire to be valued members of the C-suite in the Change Management and Human Resources areas. The three-year professional degree is focused​ ​on​ ​collaboration​ ​and​ ​a​ ​systemic​ ​approach​ ​to improvement. It is guided​ ​by​ ​humanistic​ ​values and is interdisciplinary and interprofessional in its delivery.

Flexible class design incorporating theory and best practice

This flexible, three-year professional degree prepares scholar-practitioners for transformational leadership roles in the community, higher education and business environments. As an executive program, we serve three broad populations: leaders, consultants and educators. 

As the consulting firm McKinsey recognized about organizational change, “Smart combinations of digital technology, analytics and behavioral science can make change more inclusive and persuasive.” These are core approaches of the BGSU doctorate in organizational development and change.

The program has small class sizes and is delivered in a convenient and accelerated executive format, which means the courses will be blended – some online work along with weekend residencies a few times a year at the Bowling Green, Ohio, campus. 

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STAND OUT in courses

  • Transformational Change and Complex Systems
  • Managerial Judgment and Decision Making
  • Self as an Agent of Change
  • Collaborative Change & Innovation
  • Coaching and Developing Talent in Transition
  • International Study Tour: Exploring International Organization Development
  • Applied evidence-based dissertation


The curriculum of the Bowling Green State University Doctorate in Organizational Development (OD) and Change is based​ ​on a collaborative ​and​ ​systemic​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​improvement. The interactive curriculum is designed to prepare​ ​scholar-practitioners ​for leadership roles in a variety of organizations in business or nonprofit areas.

Candidates are equipped with a strong background in organizational change and leadership of change. Courses focus on change leadership, motivation and morale, transformational change, managerial judgment and decision making, collaborative change, and innovation, as well as providing a strong focus on quantitative and qualitative research to evidence change. 

Organizational change and development has been a central focus within the BGSU College of Business for over 40 years. BGSU’s Ohio based and online Graduate programs have been included on The Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools for the last ten consecutive years.

GO FAR in your career

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Management Consultant 
  • Human Resources lead
  • Education Management
  • Academic Researcher
  • Healthcare Administrator


With 75% of change programs failing or missing their target, the profession is in need of well-qualified professionals. Overall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an 11% increase in demand for this profession between 2018 - 2028.

We serve three broad populations: leaders, consultants and facilitators, although an executive student may fit into more than one of these categories. Across the corporate, nonprofit and educational leadership spectrums, candidates looking to advance their academic and professional goals will find a course to prepare them for transformational leadership roles in a variety of complex organizations facing the challenge of change. 

For consultants providing change, collaboration and innovation services, and in the education leadership arena, we serve experienced professionals looking for opportunities in the academy as a second career or as complementary work. Graduates will lead change to become valuable members of the executive suite and to make a positive impact on the world. 

The DODC program prepares scholar-practitioners for transformational leadership roles

BGSU Graduate College

The Doctorate in Organization Development and Change (DODC) program is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business

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Updated: 08/04/2023 11:04AM