Organizational Development has its origins in the fields of psychology and education from more than 30 years ago and is founded on assisting organizations in improving themselves. In this time of unprecedented change, the growing importance of individual consciousness, cross cultural awareness and emerging models of business and community systems, the transformational dimension is a timely addition to traditional organizational development programs. Thus the creation of our Organizational Development and Transformation program.
This program prepares practitioners to design and guide projects of transformational change of all sizes and kinds. Graduates of the Organizational Development and Transformation program serve as external or internal consultants in such diverse fields as education, health care, high-tech industries, entrepreneurial social change, as well as government agencies. They may also work as managers, teachers, trainers, human resource specialists, mediation counselors and entrepreneurs. They are able to specialize in such areas as conflict resolution, diversity training, conscious relationships, coaching, team building, networking and organizational design.
Organizational Development and Transformation
Masters Program: 45 Credits
(35 Credits in Required Courses, 10 Credits in Electives)
Doctorate Program: 90 Credits
(50 Credits in Required Courses, 40 Credits in Electives)
Combined Masters/Doctorate Program: 120 Credits
(50 Credits in Required Courses, 70 Credits in Electives)
Course credits toward your degree may be earned in the following ways:
Taking courses at other universities or colleges.
Students may request and submit for IUPS approval (through their mentors), permission to earn credits for workshops, and other programs not mentioned above.
Many students earn course credits by having their mentor assign books to read on the course topic, and writing papers that demonstrate their understanding of the assigned material. Credits can also be obtained by attending conferences, workshops, and retreats as well as through assigned projects. A key criteria for earning credits in this manner is for students to demonstrate how learning this subject matter impacts their lives personally and professionally. Integration of course material is of paramount importance at IUPS.
Students also have the opportunity to design their own electives, truly giving students the opportunity to customize their education. A sample syllabus is provided to assist students in meeting university standards. The student submits the proposed course syllabus to the mentor and the university for approval.
Course # Credits Required Core Courses for Masters
ODT 500 3 History and Theory: Organizational Development & Transformation
ODT 501 3 Organizational Values and Standards
ODT 510 3 Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention
ODT 511 3 Fundamentals of Consultation
ODT 520 3 Cross-Cultural Awareness in Work Environments
ODT 530 3 Strategies for Communication and Team Building
ODT 570 3 Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations
ODT 575 1 Research Methodology
ODT 580 3 Internship and Practical Application
ODT 590 10 Masters Thesis Project
Course# Credits Required Core Courses for Doctorates
ODT 600 4 History and Theory: Organizational Development & Transformation
ODT 601 3 Organizational Values and Standards
ODT 610 4 Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention
ODT 611 3 Fundamentals of Consultation
ODT 620 3 Cross-Cultural Awareness in Work Environments
ODT 625 3 Spiritual Processes in the Workplace
ODT 628 3 Group Processes
ODT 630 3 Strategies for Communication and Team Building
ODT 670 3 Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations
ODT 675 2 Research Methodology
ODT 680 4 Internship and Practical Application
ODT 690 15 Dissertation Research Project
Below are examples of electives that one may consider taking as part of this degree program in Organizational Development and Transformation. Students, in concert with their mentors, shall determine which electives are most relevant to their educational aspirations.
Course # Credits Courses
ODT 640 1 - 5 Organizational Research
ODT 641 1 - 5 Consultant Roles and Methods
ODT 642 1 - 5 Conflict Resolution
ODT 643 1 - 5 Facilitating Group Problem Solving
ODT 644 1 - 5 Dynamics of Change
ODT 645 1 - 5 Entrepreneurship
ODT 647 1 - 5 Intuition in Business
ODT 648 1 - 5 Community Psychology
ODT 649 1 - 5 Organizational Psychology
ODT 650 1 - 5 Assessment Methods (Meyers-Briggs, DISC, etc.)
ODT 651 1 - 5 Large Systems Change
ODT 652 1 - 5 Leadership and Organizational Transformation
ODT 656 1 - 5 Chi Kung & Tai Chi in the Workplace
ODT 662 1 - 5 Meditation in the Workplace
(Please note: All Doctoral coursework (600 courses) involve more advanced research and in-depth study.)
For course descriptions, please contact the University.