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 advances 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