What can I do with an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership degree?
Our MS in Organization Development and Leadership degree is a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary program. We have adult learners (leaders/practitioners)
from various sectors (profit, not-for-profit, health care, government, etc.) and disciplines
who are searching for skill enhancement, field advancement and other opportunities
to set themselves apart and make a difference in their chosen fields of practice by
embracing a collaborative leadership mindset to deliver individual and organizational
Are practical/field experiences a part of the program?
PCOM's ODL program is focused on action learning. What this means from an intentional
design practice is that you — as the adult learner — identify the issues that are
most important to you and your organization. We (faculty) design the coursework to
promote individual discovery as you integrate ODL theory into your practice, thereby
creating the real experience necessary to encourage growth as a leader and practitioner.
Who will teach my courses?
The courses are taught by our exciting community of faculty who are active consultants,
practitioners and leaders in the field of ODL — a critical element in providing value-added
learning to our students. Our students are learning, testing and applying theory and
experience in real-time using the latest tools, methodologies and practices necessary
to deliver results for themselves and their organization(s).
What is the quality of the student/faculty relationship?
The quality of the student/faculty relationship is a unique and a special strength
of the ODL program. While class sizes vary each semester, class size is moderated
to allow faculty to provide meaningful, individualized attention to their students.
The majority of the program faculty members are also working in the field and can
provide excellent, practical examples in relation to coursework. Many of our students
enjoy collaborative relationships with faculty who actively participate in and contribute
to the overall leadership development of their students. In providing feedback to
our program directors about their experiences, our students and alumni report that
our faculty members are caring, respectful and responsive and that our faculty demonstrate
their genuine interest and concern for their students through mentoring, coaching
and collaborative learning both in and outside of the classroom.
Is a thesis required to complete the Master of Science in Organizational Development
and Leadership degree?
In lieu of a thesis, a final capstone project is required for completion of the MS
in Organizational Development and Leadership degree. The capstone project is an action
research experience that serves as a tool for faculty to assess students’ competency
and skill development. The capstone project process can start as early as halfway
through the ODL curriculum, although many students enter the program with an issue
they want to address as the capstone project and use the coursework to support their
action research experience.
What is the cost of the program? Is financial assistance available?
When are classes offered?
In order to accommodate full-time working professionals, ODL classes on the Philadelphia
campus are delivered in a blended face-to-face weekend format which utilizes interactive
online technologies to support the collaborative learning delivered in the class laboratory.
In Georgia, classes are held in the evening and on weekends. Course schedules are
designed to allow the greatest flexibility for our students.
How long does it take to complete the master's program?
Most of the students complete the program in two to three years. However, we collaborate
with students to work out a schedule that can accommodate the different life experiences
and goals of our students. This may mean extending the course work if it makes sense
to meet the needs of our students.
Can I attend the program part-time?
Yes. Because the ODL programs are designed for working professionals, most students
pursue their degree and/or certification part-time. Our flexible course offerings
are intended to provide flexibility for our students.
Is it possible to work full- or part-time during the program?
Yes. Our programs are designed for working professionals with all classes meeting
on weekends. Also, the two to three years allotted for completion of the MS degree
allows flexibility. In fact, employment during the program is beneficial in providing
real-time experiences for engaging in ODL practice.
Are any standardized test scores required for admission?
No. We have found that standardized test scores are not effective indicators of successful
ODL students, rather previous education and former/current work experience are key
factors in admissions decisions as they are true predictors of student success.
Are there any professional organizations affiliated with the ODL program?
Yes, there are two organizations with which our ODL program is affiliated, one in
Pennsylvania and one in Georgia. Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network
(PRODN in PA) and Organization Change Alliance (OCA in GA) are professional networks
of organization development practitioners and leaders. Their focus is to provide additional
learning and growth opportunities for practitioners and leaders, nurture strong relationships
with their communities, and as engaged citizens to provide their skills whenever possible
to make a difference and facilitate change. PCOM pays for the first year of membership
for all first year MS ODL degree students.
What are the minimum admissions requirements?
The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science
in Organizational Development and Leadership degree program:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better
- Work experience preferred (in order to take advantage of action learning)
- A maximum of six (6) credits for graduate course study completed at an accredited
institution or in an accredited program within the past five (5) years may be applied
toward the ODL degree requirements
- Application, including an autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this
academic program as it relates to your career goal (in 500 words or less)
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
- Recommendation letter and form
- Curriculum vitae or resume
Each application is reviewed on an individual basis. GRE scores are not required for
admission into any of the ODL programs. Visit the admissions section for more information
regarding the application requirements and process.
What is the deadline to apply for admission?
In order to allow the greatest flexibility for applicants, the ODL program follows
a rolling admissions cycle, meaning that there is not a specific deadline for application.
However, as the greatest demand for admittance is for the fall and spring terms, early
application is strongly encouraged to guarantee placement within the program during
the desired term.
Is an interview required for admission?
Yes. Once all applications materials have been received by the Admissions Office,
eligible candidates will be invited to interview with the Faculty Committee on Admissions.
Due to COVID-19, we will conduct online interviews only for the 2021-2022 admissions
cycle at all PCOM locations.
Who should I contact for more information?