MS Organizational Development & Leadership

Organizational Development and Leadership – Master of Science (MS) Designed for the working professional, the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership program uses a unique combination of organization development theory and individual self-discovery to provide an essential leadership perspective. This dynamic 36-credit action learning program is designed to integrate psychological theory and action research to enhance the skills, competencies and techniques of organizational leaders as practitioner scholars.

The program prepares adult learners to better understand organizations as dynamic systems. The integration of “theory-in-practice” supports intentional inquiry, discovery and intervention design processes necessary to support the development and health of the organization at individual, group and organization levels. The philosophy and practice of the program is to teach adult learners to take a “whole systems” approach to inquiry and intervention design, realizing that when there is an intervention in any one part of an organization’s system, there is impact on the whole system. Coordinated by the School of Psychology, the coursework is delivered either virtually, hybrid (virtual & face-to-face), or face-to-face.  The courses are scheduled on weekends and some week nights at the Philadelphia and Georgia Campuses. A graduate certificate in organizational development and leadership is offered on both campuses.

Required Courses
ODL 501Foundations and Systems of Organizational Development3
ODL 505Team Dynamics3
ODL 528Diversity Equity Inclusion Leadership: Building Bridges3
or ODL 506 Social Factors and Cultural Diversity
ODL 510Capstone: Action Research Project (completed in the last term)3
ODL 520Appreciative Inquiry3
ODL 516Developing Systems Literacy: Organizational Workshop3
ODL 517Comm Skills for Leaders3
ODL 533Adaptive Leadership Toolkit Lab for Collaboration3
Select four of the following electives:12
Elective substitutions are allowed from other Leadership programs with guidance from the Leadership Programs Chair.
Project Management and Strategic Thinking
ODL 522
Coaching Skills for Leaders
Consulting Skills Community Engagement
Managing Self and Emotional Systems in the Workplace
Managing Strategic Change: Dialog and Intervention
Power Leadership Social Networks Perspective
Special Topics
Special Topics
ODL 532
ODL 534
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Total Hours36

Leadership Programs

For matriculation into the master’s and certificate programs in Organizational Development and Leadership, Public Health Management and Administration and Non-Profit Leadership and Population Health Management, an applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree program from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better.

All PCOM graduate programs in leadership utilize a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at

The Faculty Committee on Admissions screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants, and selects the new students. Following completion of the admissions process, applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

All materials must be forwarded to PCOM’s Office of Admissions.

Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email, from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to All other admissions documents can be sent to