Executive Master of Organization Development (Blended)

  • Earn a master’s degree in only 18 months
  • Program utilizes strategically online course delivery
  • Create an extensive network of contacts
  • Study within a cohort-based class schedule which allows for the building of lasting relationships and extensive networking among students
  • Program fosters an overall business orientation which applies to both profit and nonprofit organizations within a variety of industries


EMOD is a blended 18-month program in which instruction takes place online and in only three on-campus weekends per semester. Although an undergraduate degree is required, it does not need to be a degree in business.

A Master of Organization Development provides graduates with a solid foundation in a variety of areas which provides them with the tools to improve the performance of individuals and organizations. These competencies include:

  • Leading for organizational success
  • Enhancing individual and group effectiveness
  • Building strategic organizations
  • Diagnosing organizational issues
  • Measuring and analyzing for results
  • Collaborating for change
  • Engaging whole systems for large scale change

The BGSU MOD program was founded over 30 years ago as one of the first Master’s degree program of its kind in the world. It maintains recognition as one of the most prestigious OD graduate programs in the world.

Combination of course delivery via the Internet as well as face to face contact provides the best of both worlds: easy access to course material and in person interaction with faculty and classmates. Online communities provide greater student and faculty contact throughout the program, which provides opportunities to build stronger relationships and networks.


The Executive MOD curriculum is designed to educate students on increasing the effectiveness of individuals and organizations. Prior academic preparation in business is not required. Executive students are required to complete the following 10 courses that are typically taken two a semester over five semesters and completed within 18 months.

Understanding Organizational Change (12 credit hours)

An overview of behavioral science interventions for organizational and transorganizational improvement; explores the concepts and history of organization development, power and politics in change, role of change agents, types of interventions, importance of measurement and empiricism, ethical considerations, and models of organizational change.

Understanding the effective functioning of individuals, groups and teams in organizations.  Emphasizes application of behavioral science knowledge to major organizational issues such as performance, decision-making, communication, conflict, and leadership.  Employs a cross-cultural perspective.

Develop competencies for facilitating collaborative projects utilizing synchronous/asynchronous and in-person/distance approaches. Use of collaborative methods for data collection and diagnosis, organizational planning and learning, collaborative event design and facilitation, decision-making, project management, strategic planning, and various kinds of change initiatives.

Integrative course that examines the various strategy, structure, and culture options to cope with a challenging, global, competitive environment.  Focuses on dimensions of structure; impact of strategy, size, technology and environment on structure; organizational effectiveness criteria; theories of organization; the nature of organizational culture; pressures for changes in strategy from within the organization as well as from competitive forces, macro-environmental trends, and discontinuous shifts; and the interrelationships among organizational strategy, structure, and culture.

Diagnosing Organizational Change (6 credit hours)

Use of applied research methods to identify organizational effectiveness issues and to determine possible causes.  Focus on measures of organizational effectiveness, hypothesis formulation, qualitative and quantitative research designs, and the role of empiricism in organizational change.

Use of techniques for collecting, analyzing, and feeding back data to the organization. Focus on qualitative and quantitative collection procedures, statistical tools, and analysis protocol; techniques for presenting results to the organization, and utilization of results for intervention design and evaluation.

Targeting Organizational Change (9 credit hours)

Study of interventions that focus on improvements in individual and group performance; individual development interventions; improving interpersonal relations; characteristics of effective work groups and teams; team building; process consultation; individual and group decision making.

Development, adaptation, and application of theories and methods emphasizing inter-group, systemic, and trans-systemic change. The focus is on the change of an organization or community, not necessarily determined by the size of the system.

Mastering Organizational Change (3 credit hours)

Study tour exploring the development and application of OD principles and techniques in contexts and cultures outside the United States. International OD literature and models of international culture provide background for the required international study tour.

Capstone course integrating the knowledge and skills acquired in previous ORGD courses.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have one official transcript from every college or university you have attended and official GMAT/GRE* scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

*An official GMAT or GRE score report is required of some applicants. You may be eligible for exemption if you have:

  • ten or more years of professional work experience, at least five years of full-time experience in a significant management capacity, and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • a master’s degree from a regionally accredited US university (e.g., a university accredited by the North Central Association)

Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs in Business for more information on the GMAT/GRE waiver.

One (1) letter of recommendation (also called a Nomination Form) – preferably this letter is from your current employer.  Your recommender can complete the Nomination Form (PDF) and/or submit a letter examining your ability to perform in a management graduate program.

Along with a current resume describing both educational and work experience, the admissions committee is interested in learning your reasons for pursuing a graduate business degree from Bowling Green State University. Among the issues you should address are your:

  • Reasons for selecting BGSU
  • Expectations of the role of the EMOD program in achieving your objectives
  • Ability to contribute to the program

Send supplemental application materials to:

Graduate and Executive Programs in Business
ATTN: Master of Organization Development
Business Administration, Room 371
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403