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MS in Organization Development

Master of Science in Organization Development

Master of Science in Organization Development

Designed for experienced professionals, the Pepperdine University master of science in organization development (MSOD) program prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change.

Our organization development degree incorporates online learning with face-to-face intensives and has earned an international reputation as the premier organizational education graduate program in the field and as an innovator of experiential learning. Review the MSOD admissions guidelines and request information today to learn more.



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Quick Facts


Face-to-Face Sessions

2 yrs

Program Duration

Aug. 25

Classes Begin



4-6 yrs

Organization Experience Req.


Student:Faculty Ratio

*This ratio is the Graziadio average and may vary by program.

Fall 2018 Deadlines (Classes Start Aug. 24, 2018)

Round 1, Priority

Round 2, Regular

Round 3, Final

Classes Begin

Nov. 1, 2017

Feb. 15, 2018

May 2, 2018

Aug. 25, 2018


The curriculum focuses on the development of both the organization and the individual,  as well as globalization, sustainability, and technology.


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


2 years

Work Experience

4-6 years of organization development experience required


Our program now incorporates a combination of face-to-face intensives, in-the-field practicums and online learning courses to better prepare you to address the complexity of today's workplace.


Average Age





10 yrs

Avg. Work Experience

4-40 yrs

Experience Range


Countries Represented

Institutes and Research at a Glance

Institutes and Research at a Glance

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. Our faculty speaks 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
Malibu, California

Master's in Organization Development Degree Program Highlights

Access to Relevant Change Management Practices

With our MSOD curriculum, 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

While some organization development programs offer internships, Pepperdine gives students opportunities to 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 Organization Development Professionals

Through cohorts and team projects, Pepperdine students build a strong network of organization development 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 a special MSOD community of like-minded professionals, and share best practices. All opportunities serve to make organizations more productive and the world a better place..

Global Experience: 50 Percent in International Locations

Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School has the only graduate organizational development 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. Our mission-focused MSOD Alumni Network Council provides lifelong opportunities for growth.

Meet Our Alumni