Program Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to prepare​ ​scholar-practitioners ​for leadership roles in a variety of organizations that lead to ​organization​ ​and​ ​community​ ​transformation that is based​ ​on collaboration​ ​and​ ​a​ ​systemic​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​improvement.​ ​A​ ​core value​ ​of​ ​organizational​ ​change​ ​professionals​ ​is​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​the​ ​health and​ ​well-being​ ​of​ ​people,​ ​organizations,​ ​and​ ​society.​​ 

The curriculum is designed to provide a student with a strong background in organizational change with courses focused on leadership, motivation and morale, transformational change, managerial judgment and decision making, collaborative change and innovation, as well as strong focus on quantitative and qualitative research. Students will also participate in an international study tour designed for student engagement in a global context.  

The​ ​culminating​ ​experience​ ​is​ ​an​ ​applied​ ​evidence-based​ ​dissertation,​ ​which​ ​​both advance​s theory​ ​and​ ​demonstrates​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​organizations​ ​and​ ​communities​ ​we​ ​serve. Students​ ​​bring​ ​an​ ​important​ ​problem​ ​or​ ​opportunity​ ​into​ ​the​ ​program​ ​as​ ​the​ ​focus​ ​of their​ ​dissertation​ ​topic.​ ​Throughout​ ​their​ ​learning​ ​experience,​ students​ ​examine​ ​their topic​ ​through​ ​the​ ​lens​ ​of​ ​each​ ​course.​ ​The​ ​results​ ​of​ ​the work​ ​are evaluated​ ​and​ ​prepared​ ​for​ ​widespread​ ​dissemination​ ​through​ ​publication and​ ​other​ ​more​ ​current​ ​means​ ​(e.g.,​ ​animation​ ​of​ ​results,​ ​digital​ ​media,​ ​and​ ​so​ ​forth).​ ​


Core Courses: 24 credit hours

CHNG 7001 - Introduction to the Field and Profession of Organization Development and Change

PSYC 7580 - Motivation and Morale

CHNG 7003 - Transformational Change and Complex Systems

CHNG 7004 - Use of Self as an Agent of Change

CHNG 7005 - Managerial Judgment and Decision Making in Changing Environments

CHNG 7006 - Collaborative Change & Innovation: Approaches to Collective Engagement, Intelligence, and Action

CHNG 7007 - Coaching and Developing Talent in Transition

ORGD 6065 - International Study Tour: Exploring International Organization Development

Research: 12 credit hours

EDFI 6140 - Statistics

CHNG 7052 - Applied Research for Planning, Evaluating, Reporting, and Influencing

PYCH 7800 - Graduate Seminar: Quantitative Research Methods

CHNG 7054 - Qualitative Research Methods

Electives: 9 credit hours

Dissertation: 16 credit hours

Updated: 10/26/2022 02:40PM