MS-Organizational Leadership & Change

Do you consider yourself a natural leader? Are you ready to build leadership skills to improve your organizational effectiveness? If you are looking to become a change agent, then Edgewood College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Change is the program for you. It teaches you to understand and improve organizational dynamics through sound leadership and organizational development practices. You will strengthen your leadership through assessment, reflections and project-based learning as you explore leadership and organizational development necessary for any organization to advance and succeed in the ever-changing, global economy.

Designed for working professionals, this program is offered entirely online with no on-campus requirements and can be completed in as little as two years. In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills essential to organizational development, leadership and your career advancement necessary to navigate complex organizational systems and apply research to develop yourself, your employees and your organizations.

Benefits of earning your M.S. in Organizational Leadership & Change from Edgewood College’s School of Business include:

  • A median annual salary of $108,250*
  • 10% job growth projected through 2026*
  • High quality courses taught by advanced industry professionals and researchers
  • Small online class sizes of 15 or less students
  • Competitive tuition rates and scholarships

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Info Session

Want to learn more? Attend our Info Session to hear about the program structure, including curricular highlights, admission requirements, tuition, and more. Faculty and staff members will be on hand to answer your questions.

Program Highlights

The M.S. in Organizational Leadership & Change provides a flexible schedule to allow working professionals to fit accelerated course work into their busy schedules. You can design a course schedule to best fit work and personal schedules.

Unique program design and schedule
Courses are offered in an accelerated format. You can create course schedules to meet your work and family schedule. Accelerate your learning and complete the degree in less than two years or choose a schedule that fits an individual schedule. A dedicated advisor and faculty coordinator will assist you with course planning. New students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semesters.

Small class sizes in a cohort format
Courses in the program are small, creating a rich and interactive class allowing in-depth learning with highly qualified faculty. 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 multiple business disciplines to cultivate creative, intellectually engaged, and ethical problem solvers.

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.

Degree Requirements

A total of 30 credits are required to complete the MS in Organizational Leadership & Change 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 Organizational Leadership & Change degree will be delivered in an online format. 

Organizational Change (3 credits)
This course investigates the nature of change, forces for change, and the impact of change on its recipients. Introduces students to the practice of organization development with respect to change efforts in organizations as they examine their own roles and skill sets as change agents. Stresses the design and implementation of various organizational interventions. Students learn to choose between, and then design, appropriate interventions to transform an organization from a current state to a desired future state.

Employee Learning & Development (3 credits)
This course emphasizes the principles of adult learning and provides an understanding of adult development from a broad liberal arts perspective. Students learn and apply the techniques and procedures used in the development of adult learners, including employment settings in different organizations and at all organizational levels.


Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
This course provides students with an overview of a variety of theories, methods, and models of leadership, with an emphasis on the cultural context in which leadership is pursued. Students will explore their own model of leadership by reflecting on the models presented in class, through interactions with peers/colleagues within the course, and by constructing a leadership profile.


Individual and Team Interventions (3 credits)
This course examines individual and team interventions from a psychological perspective. Topics covered include individual performance improvement, performance coaching, teams and teamwork, conflict resolution, and process consulting.


Organizational Theory and Design (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.

 Consultation in Organizations (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. Consistent with the College's Sinsinawa Dominican values, special attention is given to ethical issues and standards relative to the concept of "organization as client".


 Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
This course is designed to teach action research as both a process and a methodology. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills that can be transferred to any organization as an internal or external consultant. This course will focus on the creation, implementation, assessment and evaluation of an organization in a specific area. Concepts of tests and measurements will be emphasized for interpreting research results and gathering data for applied research. Students will develop a project based upon their research and apply the concepts learned within their own setting under the guidance of the professor. 


Leading in a Global Context (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts and theories related to globalization and culture. As organizations prepare for conducting business in the 21st century, their people need the ability to traverse organizational and country boundaries. Cross-cultural interactions are anticipated and the challenges inherent in working in countries other than one’s own are identified.

 Business Ethics (3 credits)
This interdisciplinary course explores and implements the critical thinking and managerial and ethical decision-making skills necessary for developing ethical organizations and an ethical society. The objective of this course is to design ethical organizations and create organizations of high integrity. Students explore real-life ethical dilemmas and benchmark their organization’s performance with the best practices in business ethics.


 Organizational Development and Behavior (3 credits)
Organizational Development and Behavior is the study of both the human behavior in an organizational setting and the operations related to organizational design and development. The purpose of this kind of study is to equip organizational leaders with the insight necessary to develop interpersonal relationships that will build teams, increase productivity, enhance the quality of work life, orchestrate change, improve employee retention, and augment communication. Topics in management including: Perception, Personality and Attitudes, Group Process: Building Teams, Communication, Orchestrating Change, Motivation, Empowerment, Leadership, Organizational Development, Quality Assurance, Performance Appraisals and Business Ethics.


“The MS-Organizational Leadership & Change 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

Tuition and Financial Aid

Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. As part of the Graduate Affordability Promise, courses in the MS-Organizational Leadership & Change degree program are $750 per credit.

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 MS-Organizational Leadership & Change 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 MS-Organizational Leadership & Change degree path is one that has a strong positive outlook for growth over the next two decades. 

Remember, completing your Master's Degree 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 MS-Organizational Leadership & Change Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2020-21 year (beginning Summer 2020) is $750 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 MS-Organizational Leadership & Change degree requires completion of a total of 30 credits.

Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your Edgewood College degree would be approximately $23,049.

Financial Aid

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.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

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

  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 2.5 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. *If your GPA does not meet the minimum 2.5, please contact the admissions counselor for further consultation.  Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Provide contact information for two college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can serve as references and focus on the probability of your success in graduate school.
  5. 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.
  6. International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

The GRE/GMAT is not required.

Career Outcomes


Current positions held by graduates who earned their Master's in Organizational Change and Leadership between 2014 and 2018: 

Employer/OrganizationJob Title / Position
UW-MadisonResearch Program Manager-Thoracic Oncology
UW Credit UnionAssistant Branch Manager
University of WisconsinProgram Assistant
Northcentral Technical CollegeResource Development Coordinator
UW HealthHealth Unit Coordinator
Blast Cleaning TechnologiesHR Manager
TDSDirector, Human Resources and Administration
State of WisconsinHR Specialist
UW HealthHuman Resources Specialist
Providence Health and ServicesAthletic Trainer
Loeb-Lorman MetalsEHS Compliance and Quality Coordinator
Colony BrandsOrganizational Development Business Partner
PPDlab technician
US CellularFinancial Services Coach


Alumni Job Titles

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 program teaches you to create engaging work environments, build strong effective teams, and empower your employees to be the best they can be. Our curriculum gives you a deep understanding of any business' greatest asset; its people.

Using their education in Organization Development to lead positive growth in a variety of fields, our graduates find roles in some of the top companies in Madison, including American Family Insurance, TDS and the city of Madison.

Some sample careers include:

Director of Human Resources Administration, TDS
HR Specialist, City of Madison
Office Manager, UW Systems
Merchant Services Representative, John Deere Financial
Project Leader, Madison College
Registrar, UW Medical Foundation
Workforce & Talent Strategies Specialist, American Family Insurance
Corporate Communications Manager, Hooper Corporation
Account Executive, Morgan Murphy Media
Intelligence Officer, United States Army
Team Lead, Baptist Health South Florida
Operations Manager,
Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at UW-Madison
Manager of Solution Architecture,
Dell Software Human Resources Manager,

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    I am very much enjoying this program!  I was a tad worried about starting off with an online course but I have had an awesome experience.  The instructor did a great job with engaging everyone.  He has also been so accessible and great with communication that I haven't felt the disconnect I imagined. It's so exciting to see how quickly and easily the material is related to my current position.  I'm already bringing new ideas to the table that are working.  My experience has been fantastic!
    Chelsey Emmett, MS-Organizational Leadership & Change