Whether you’re pursuing a career in consulting, human resources, or mid-level management in just about any organization, the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) degree prepares you to create engaging work environments, build strong effective teams, and empower your employees to be the best that they can be. Our curriculum gives you a deep understanding of any business’ greatest asset; its people.
The MSOD program educates you to:
- Dive into the psychology behind successful organizations
- Equip yourself to lead organizations through change
- Learn what makes the top workplaces in the country irresistible
- Attract the best talent you can find (and keep them)
- Help your employees become the best that they can be
- Become an expert at motivating different personality types
- Build dynamic, efficient, powerhouse teams
Completion of the Master of Science in Organization Development program requires a total of 30 credit hours and can be accomplished in less than two years. To accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, the majority of the coursework will be offered in an online format.
- Program Highlights
A flexible schedule designed for working professionals
The MSOD program curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals and provides a flexible part-time schedule. Students can finish in as little as two years, or spread their coursework across multiple semesters to accommodate personal schedules and needs. Edgewood College is the only institution in the Madison area to offer a graduate level Organization Development program.
Unique program design and schedule
Courses are offered in an accelerated format. A new course begins every 8 weeks, 6 sessions per year. New students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semesters.
Small class sizes in a cohort format
The MSOD program uses a cohort-based format limited to small groups of no more than 15 students. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, creating a rich and diverse community of learners who support each other in both intellectual and personal growth.
Interdisciplinary, real-world approach
Classes are highly interactive with appropriate combinations of presentations, discussions, case studies, and group/individual projects. The curriculum is designed with courses that are integrated across disciplines, including business and psychology to cultivate creative, intellectually engaged, and ethical problem solvers.
“The MSOD program has given me the confidence, skills, and credentials to accept a more influential role at my organization offering consultation on a variety of strategic initiatives from reorganizations to policy and procedure development.”
Skye Spurgat Zeimet, Sr. Human Resources Specialist,
Wisconsin Dept. of Heath Services
Edgewood College Quality
- Edgewood College, rooted in the Dominican tradition, engages students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world. The College educates students for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth.
- Courses are taught by academically and professionally qualified faculty who combine sound theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world experience.
- Instructors recognize the knowledge and perspective that students contribute to the learning process by encouraging engagement in the classroom.
- Students have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with instructors and advisors to discuss individual goals, interests and special needs.
- Our small class size and cohort structure promote a sense of community and facilitate individualized instruction.
- Edgewood College is accredited by Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Edgewood College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University,” among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review.
“As an HR Professional I am always looking for ways to increase my value not only to my organization but to my profession as a whole. By accomplishing my Master’s Degree in Organizational Development I believe I have been able to bring more to the table as a strategic HR Partner. I have also gained more credibility with the leaders of my organization who now look to me for higher level input regarding our human capital and the direction of the company.”
Jeri Johnson, HR Manager, Appvion, Inc.
- Degree Requirements
- A total of 30 credits are required to complete the MS in Organization Development degree and all course requirements can be finished in two years. Students may begin the program at the start of either the Fall or Spring semesters. The majority of the coursework for the Master of Science in Organization Development degree will be delivered in an online format.
Adult Learning and Organization Development (PSY 606, 3 credits)
The course emphasizes the principles of adult learning and provides an understanding of adult development. Students learn and apply the techniques and procedures used in the development of adult learners, including employment settings, in different organizations and at all levels.
Research Design (PSY 871, 3 Credits)
Topics include statistical decision theory, one factor analysis of variance, multiple comparison procedures, factorial designs, randomized block designs, and basic issues in experimental design as well as non-experimental and qualitative research designs and approaches including survey, naturalistic observation, case study, and archival research.
Consultation in Organizations (PSY 801, 3 credits)
This course examines various client-consultant issues arising from psychological interventions. Topics covered include entry and contracting, diagnosis and role setting, implementation, evaluation, withdrawal, and maintenance. Special attention is given to ethical issues and standards.
Organization Analysis (PSY 735, 3 credits)
This course examines the techniques used to study and analyze organizations as holistic entities comprised of interdependent component parts. The course explores the manner in which organizational analyses are positioned, designed, implemented, and evaluated. Various data gathering methods are explored relative to critical organizational variables such as strategy/mission, goals/objectives, measurement, communication, group boundaries, power and status, relationships, rewards, operations/processes, structure, design, employee learning and growth, and customer satisfaction. Utilizing the data from an organizational analysis to guide and target subsequent planning, leadership development, and team development initiatives is emphasized.
Individual and Team Interventions (PSY 732, 3 credits)
As American organizations move toward the use of self-directed work teams to improve work processes, special emphasis needs to be placed on the knowledge and skills associated with small group processes and leadership. This course, conducted in an experiential format, emphasizes application to real-life situations faced by managers.
Organizational Interventions (PSY 603, 3 credits)
Organizational development and behavior is the study of human behavior in organizational settings and the operations related to organizational development. The purpose of the course is to equip organizational leaders with the insight necessary to develop interpersonal relationships that build teams, increase productivity, enhance the quality of work life, orchestrate change, improve employee retention, and augment communication. Topics include: managing yourself, organizational change, managing conflict, project management, problem solving, motivation, leadership, effective human resource management, communication processes, business ethics, managing effective teams, and work-life balance.
Leadership in Evolving Organizations (PSY 619, 3 credits)
Leaders set the tone for organizational change. The purpose of this course is to provide a theoretical and applied foundation for understanding leadership’s unique role in driving innovation and change in organizations. Through an examination of prominent leadership theories, case studies, and interactive leadership exercises, organization development professionals will be equipped with applied knowledge for leading and/or guiding leadership development within their organizations.
Research Analysis (PSY 872 3 credits)
An advanced course covering simple correlation, inferential procedures appropriate for independent and dependent correlations, interpretation issues in correlation research, simple linear regression, nonlinear regression, multiple correlation and regression, general linear models, regression diagnostics and robust regression. This class will guide the student through choosing an important research question in the workplace and designing an appropriate research design to address that question. This project is the first step in outlining the master's action research project that constitutes the capstone experience for the program.
Ethics in Business (BUS 616, 3 credits)
This course explores and implements the critical thinking, communication, and managerial skills necessary for developing ethical organizations. The objective of this course is to design ethical organizations and create organizations of high integrity. Topics include ethical decision making, screening job candidates for their ethics, codes of ethics and conduct, ethics and diversity training workshops, ethics reporting systems, environmental management, and community involvement. OR
Ethics (IC 800, 3 credits)
This course examines ethical issues in the practice of professions in public life. Significant issues such as justice, honesty, and respect for persons are examined in study and dialogue as they emerge in human experience. Philosophical and religious perspectives regarding ethics are considered.
Action Research in Organization Development (PSY 889, 3 credits)
Each student will complete an applied project in the workplace or the community that is applying Performance-Based Instruction (PBI). Using PBI, individual's learning is connected through projects to organizations and communities. Applied research is the key as "real-time" projects that matter to communities or organizations are undertaken, and in which individual learning from course experiences are applied. To ensure the quality of this capstone project multiple-levels of assessment will provide the basis for evaluation, representing the state of the art in assessment approaches and a robust evaluation framework encompassing formative (i.e., reaction and learning) and summative (i.e., behavior and results) criteria, as follows:
- Project-level self, peer, and instructor assessments comprise internal assessment
- Site-level contact or supervisor assessment comprises external assessment
- Organization/Community-level assessment comprises impact assessment.
“The MSOD program helped me gain the knowledge and confidence to practice OD through grounding in adult learning, organizational interventions, and a robust capstone project. The capstone project allowed for me to gain experience under the mentorship of seasoned OD professional and prepared me for my new career as an OD practitioner.”
Melissa Gombar, Employee Development & Organization Effectiveness Specialist, City of Madison
- Learn More About Being an Online Student
How do our online courses fit your busy life?
Need flexibility? - Online classes are asynchronous – while there are weekly assignments and deadlines, you can log on anytime that fits your schedule.
Time commitment? You can expect to spend about 12 to 15 hours per week on course assignments and activities.
Instructor availability? Our responsive online instructors are available through email, Web conferencing (such as Skype), or phone. In most cases, they will respond to your inquiries within 48 hours.
Totally online? A few programs require a face-to-face session or two during the course of the entire degree completion schedule. See the Degree Requirements section of each individual program for details.
Can’t decide on in-person vs. face-to-face courses? Some programs offer the flexibility to switch between taking classes online and face-to-face, depending upon your schedule and needs.
What learning management system (LMS) will I use? Blackboard is our online classroom. You’ll be auto-enrolled in a free Blackboard orientation site prior to starting your online course so you can explore Blackboard’s features at your own pace.
Tech support? Our Technology Assistance Center (TAC) serves online students via phone and email requests 7 days per week.
Is online learning right for you?
If you can answer “yes” to the questions below, online learning at Edgewood College will likely be a good fit for you.
Are you self-motivated?
Do you possess strong time management and organizational skills?
Do you enjoy communicating and collaborating with others at a distance?
Do you have regular access to an Internet-connected computer or mobile device, preferably with a Webcam?
Are you comfortable with basic technologies such as email, Web search engines, and word processing software such as Microsoft Word?
Do you need to be able to access your course from many locations, all without traveling to campus?
Why Edgewood College Online?
- Small class size. Our online classes are limited to 15 students so faculty can provide a high level of personal attention and support to all students.
- Expertly-prepared online faculty. Online classes are led by the same dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who teach in our traditional degree programs. In addition, all of our online instructors participate in a rigorous 7-week online faculty certification program which prepares them to create engaging and meaningful online learning experiences. We believe that the best way for our instructors to experience the online student perspective is to take an online course themselves!
- Commitment to student success. Faculty and advisors provide personalized support every step of the way.
- Values-based education--online. Edgewood College, rooted in the Dominican tradition, engages students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world. The College educates students for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth. We don’t just print our values on a banner—we actively incorporate them in all courses.
- Close-knit community of learners. Edgewood College Online creates engaged and inclusive academic communities – online.
- High course quality standards and fully accredited. Edgewood College is a member of the Online Learning Consortium, a national organization dedicated to quality online teaching and learning. The College is also a member of Quality Matters TM, a nationally recognized, professional course review process to certify the quality of online courses. Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Tuition and Financial Aid
Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your MSOD degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. According to O*Net, a federal tracking/clearinghouse of domestic occupations, the MSOD degree path is one that has a strong positive outlook for growth over the next two decades.
Remember, completing your MSOD is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.
Financing Your Edgewood College MSOD Degree
Graduate tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $930 per credit. You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future.
Most graduate students are working professionals who take courses part-time. The MSOD degree requires completion of a total of 30 credits.
Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your Edgewood College MSOD degree would be approximately $27,900.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.
Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.
Don’t think you can do it? Edgewood College thinks you can!
- Admission Requirements
New students may enroll in either the fall or spring semesters. Application deadlines:
Fall - August 1
Spring - December 1
- Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
- Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee). This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, certificate, or take courses as a non-degree student.
- Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institution you attended be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
- Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the probability of your success in graduate school. Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.
- Submit a written statement listing the reasons why you think you will be successful in graduate school; cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
- International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.
- Meet Your Faculty
Dan Schroeder, Asst. Professor
Trevor Nagle, Program Director
Elaine Beaubien, Associate Professor
Denis Collins, Professor
Annette Mondry, Lecturer
E. J. Keeley,
Walter Brey, Adjunct Faculty
2 business founders and owners
5 active consultants on management, leadership, and organizational psychology
Over 100 combined years consulting in the Madison area
Over 130 combined years of experience teaching and training adults
Service on over a dozen combined community boards, including: Madison Best in Business, Steering Committee for Leadership Greater Madison, Wisconsin Psychology Board, and others.
150+ skydives completed
11 combined professional awards and 7 combined awards in teaching excellence
Clients served include: Harley-Davidson, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, University of Wisconsin, Kohler, Bayer, The American Red Cross, Oscar Mayer, CUNA, TDS, American Family, Group Health Cooperative, Capital Bank, St. Mary’s Hospital, Quadgraphics, First Tennessee Bank, Goodyear, The State of Wisconsin, and many more.