Master of Organization Development

The Executive Master of Organization Development is a nationally renowned program that can help you develop change leadership skills necessary for success in today’s global landscape.  It was the first program of its type in the nation and emphasizes professional development to become a better leader.

Residency weekends take place twice per semester for the Fall and Spring semesters. The weekend schedule is Friday from 4:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 – 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 – 3:00 PM. On Friday, a dinner is served between 5:30 – 6:00 PM. During the weekend, breakfast is available from 7:30 – 8:00 AM. Lunch is served from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Refreshments are provided throughout the day. During the Summer semester, students complete to online courses.

When not in the classroom, students continue to interact with their cohort and instructors through discussion boards, online chats, video conferencing, conference calls, reviewing videos of lectures and more.

Each cohort enters the program together and graduates at the same time to foster lasting relationships and extensive networking among students. The cohort is made up of managers, directors, consultants, human resources professionals from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors.

The curriculum consists of ten courses, two per semester, designed to educate students on increasing the effectiveness of individuals and organizations. There is also an international trip that focuses on applying organization development principles in contexts and cultures outside of the United States.

BGSU’s Graduate programs have been included on The Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools for the last ten consecutive years. The Schmidthorst College of Business is one of only 182 programs in the world whose business and accounting programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the pinnacle of accreditation in the business education.

Executive Master of Organization Development application information

The Schmidthorst College of Business supports students to reach their fullest potential through learning, discovery, and service. CBA graduates gain extensive business knowledge through classroom and experiential learning. The college emphasizes interactive educational experience and the ability to communicate clearly and to identify and solve problems critically, creatively, and ethically.


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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Organization Development are expected to be able to:

1. GOAL - HEART: MOD Students will demonstrate competence in self-effectiveness (SELF-EFFECTIVENESS)

  • Outcomes: Students will - 
    • 1.1: Examine intra- and inter-personal awareness through proactive behaviors and critical reflection (Intrapersonal/self-awareness)
    • 1.2: Design and facilitate effective communication and collaboration with all stakeholders (Professional competence)

2. GOAL - HEAD: MOD Students will demonstrate foundational understanding of the behavioral sciences (BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE)

  • Outcomes: Students will - 
    • 2.1: Demonstrate knowledge of the history and core values of OD (Foundations of OD)
    • 2.2: Apply knowledge of individual and group-level theories, models and perspectives of human behavior to evaluate and intervene in organizations and communities (Human behavior)
    • 2.3: Apply conceptual frameworks to demonstrate knowledge of organizations as systems (Organizational systems)

3. GOAL - HANDS: MOD Students will demonstrate competence in the process and practice of organization development (OD PROCESS AND PRACTICE)

  • Outcomes: Students will -
    • 3.1 Engage in inquiry and analysis to facilitate positive organizational change (Data)
    • 3.2 Design, apply, and evaluate OD interventions in service of organization and community success (Process)

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Organization Development program is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Organization Development program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Organization Development program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 07/27/2022 03:52PM