Master of Science in Organization Development
- Fall 2021 Deadlines
- Priority: February 15, 2021
- Regular: April 15, 2021
- Final: July 5, 2021
- Classes Begin: August 30, 2021
Lead Strategic Organizational Effectiveness Through a Global Lens
The MS in Organization Development program has earned an international reputation as the premier organizational education graduate program in the field and as an innovator of experiential learning. Designed for experienced professionals, the program offers a global perspective on strategic change and its impact on organizational effectiveness. Students travel to domestic and international destinations on three different continents (China; Costa Rica; France; Malibu, California; Monterey, California; and Washington, DC) for intensive face-to-face courses, and gain invaluable field experience at Fortune 500 companies, leading-edge businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are passionate about our ability to be a positive force in the world.
- Incorporates online learning with face-to-face intensive experiences
- 50% of the program is spent studying abroad
- Learn the skills and mindset of an organization development practitioner from world-class faculty
- Practicums provide you with real-world field experience working with professionals from different cultures and backgrounds
- An applied research project allows you to integrate and apply knowledge by pursuing research specific to your organization and your interests.
- Opportunity to participate in service learning projects
- Participation in the most respected and pioneering OD program in the nation
- Extensive networking opportunities with an alumni network of more than 40,000 professionals worldwide
- 3International Locations
- 50%Study Abroad Time
- GMATor GRE Not Required
- 2Year Program
How many years of work experience do I need before applying to the program?
A minimum of five years organization experience is required, preferably as a consultant or line manager. Candidates also must be currently employed in an organizational context in which students can apply what they learn in class.
What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?
Pepperdine University's Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program class is limited to a cohort of approximately 35 professionals. The creation of this learning community of students from around the world is fundamental to the MSOD experience. The Admissions Committee selects a diverse community of students who will succeed in managing strategic change, inspire the OD profession to rigor and relevance and strive to be a positive force in the world. The committee carefully evaluates academic background information, achievements, awards, and honors; employment history; letters of recommendation; essays; and college and community involvement, especially where you have served in leadership capacities. The MSOD program strongly believes that success in the field of organization development depends on knowledge of self. Therefore, applicants are also evaluated by their emotional maturity and readiness level to participate in a transformational education experience. Students are expected to have experience in some form of human interaction laboratory training, experiential learning, OD value training, or individual/group therapy.
How long are the face-to-face courses typically?
The Master of Science in Organization Development at Pepperdine University is a cohort-based program that incorporates six face-to-face sessions, each lasting between 8-11 days.
What is the time commitment I should expect during a residency?
Each residency (face-to-face session) is between 8-11 days. They typically start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. with breaks for lunch and dinner. By comparison, a traditional 4-unit class lasts 15 weeks, with 4 hour segments per week. We condense that 15 weeks into approximately eight days. Our two 6-unit classes have longer sessions (10-11 days).
When would online classes begin for my cohort?
The online courses are the foundation courses. They run between the intensives and practicums (the face-to-face sessions). The first course starts in August (as soon as the trimester starts). The online courses run for 7.5 weeks between the face-to-face sessions. Please note that even our face-to-face sessions require preparation that takes place in the online environment. This also means you have access to top notch faculty in ways that are very atypical for a program like this.