Organization Development and Change - Archived 2018-19 Graduate Catalog

Director: Steve Cady
Program Coordinator: Tom Daniels
Address: 371 College of Business
Phone: 419-372-8823
Program Web Page:

Degrees Offered
Doctorate in Organization Development and Change

Programs Offered
Organization Development and Change

The curriculum is grounded in evidence-based perspectives that are emphasized across a variety of colleges and degree programs. We will serve three broad populations: leaders, consultants, and educators. An executive student may fit into one or more of these categories. We will serve leaders and change agents who aspire to be valued members of the “executive suite”; we will serve those who are working in consulting and coaching (internal or external) providing change, collaboration, and innovation services; and in the education arena, we will serve experienced professionals looking for opportunities in the academy as a second career or as complementary work.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Doctoral degree, students in the Organization Development and Change program are expected to be able to:

  • Lead, manage, consult, educate, and facilitate organization development and change.
  • Utilize collaborative approaches across time and space at the individual, group, organization, and transorganizational levels.
  • Apply the research process, including action research, to address real world challenges.
  • Investigate, scan, and diagnose challenges and opportunities with organizations and communities.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based organization development and change interventions.
  • Integrate interdisciplinary perspectives grounded in the behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrate professional and personal skills necessary to influence others and serve as an effective change agent.

Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Prior to applying to the Doctorate in Organization Development and Change program a candidate will have 10 or more years of professional experience and have received a master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Admission Procedure
A complete application for the program includes:

  • Scanned copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Test scores will be waived for applicants meeting the professional experience requirement.
  • Current professional career resume and two letters of reference; a) one professional from a current or former supervisor and b) one academic letter from an instructor in higher education.
  • Career objective essay of no less than 1000 words.
  • An interview with the Assistant Director, Program Director, or faculty member teaching in the program.
  • International applicants are also required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Degree Requirements
The degree is a three-year, 61-hour (minimum) program that occurs post-master’s degree. The requirements include eight core courses with an international study tour (24 hours), four research courses (12 hours), three elective courses (9 hours), a preliminary exam with a specialized portfolio, and a dissertation (16 hours). The program design makes it accessible to a working-student population, both in terms of delivery and time-to-completion.

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.

Graduate Courses
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Graduate courses offered in the program use the prefix: CHNG.