MS in Organization Development

Master of Science in Organization Development

Graziadio Masters Programs

Designed for experienced professionals, the Pepperdine University Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change.

Our MSOD incorporates online learning with face-to-face intensives and has earned an international reputation as the premier graduate program in the field and as an innovator of experiential learning.

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Program Overview

Important Dates

Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

Round 1: November 2, 2015
Round 2: February 15, 2016
Round 3: May 2, 2016

Decision Release Dates

Round 1: December 4, 2015
Round 2: April 5, 2016
Round 3: June 1, 2016


Various locations in California, Washington DC, China, Costa Rica, and France


Two years


Six face-to-face sessions plus integrated online learning

Work Experience

Four to six years organization experience desired

World-class Faculty

Collaborate with world-class faculty and thought leaders who lead in the organization development field as both practitioners and researchers. They have real-life experience from leading successful change in a broad range of multinational Fortune 500 companies and organizations. They speak to you directly from their professional experience.


Six Locations

Our MSOD program consists of six, face-to-face intensive courses in the U.S. and abroad:

Monterey, California
Washington, D.C.
Costa Rica
Lyon, France

MSOD International Locations

Program Highlights

Access to Relevant Change Management Practices

Learn the latest in how to drive organization change that incorporates sustainability, globalization, agility, complexity theory, and advancements in neuroscience. Then learn how to apply strategies and best practices based on these concepts to improve business performance and organization effectiveness.

An Emphasis on Fieldwork to Apply Knowledge

Some programs offer internships. Pepperdine students work directly in the field to gain invaluable hands-on experience both domestically and abroad. In three practicum sessions, students conduct fieldwork with real organizations and managers. Faculty and experienced alumni work with student teams and challenge them to take their practice to a higher level.

An Active Network of Fellow OD Professionals

Through cohorts and team projects, Pepperdine students build a strong network of OD colleagues that endures long after graduation. Today, more than 1,200 MSOD alumni distinguish themselves as agents of positive change in organizations around the world. A biennial alumni conference provides a unique opportunity to strengthen relationships, enjoy the benefits of special MSOD community of like-minded professionals, and share best practices. All serve to make organizations more productive and the world a better place.

Global Experience: 50 Percent in International Locations

Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management has the only graduate OD program in the world that spends more than 50 percent of class time in international locations. Going beyond simulations or simple company visits, students work directly with local managers on real issues.

As OD becomes increasingly global and cross-cultural, graduates are well-prepared to help organizations develop international capabilities.

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MSOD Alumni

Graduates of the MS in Organization Development program connect and support one another in personal and professional advancement. Our mission-focused MSOD Alumni Network Council provides lifelong opportunities for growth.



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