This program is designed for working professionals. Students take courses as a cohort one at a time in a predetermined sequence. Courses are taught in a blend of virtual and face-to-face sessions.
This is an applied program where students are scholar-practitioners. Each of the three years of coursework contains a practicum providing students with the opportunity to apply their learning in a real world setting.
International Learning Opportunities
Students have the option to take their practicum in an international setting, giving them the opportunity to apply their learning in diverse cultures.
In March of 2014, as part of a new course in the MA program in HRCL titled Organization Development in Emerging Global Markets, Dr. Brendel and Dr. Chou coached a team of sixteen students through a transformative professional experience: carrying out OD consulting work in a global organization headquartered in Beijing (Youth for Understanding, Greater China). As part of this class, students conducted surveys and strategic planning prior to their visit, and while working with the client they provided targeted consulting around improving individual, team, and organizational learning. Students also facilitated the client through a critical examination of implicit leadership values shared in several regional offices representing dissimilar cultures across China. The greatest tribute to our students is that based upon deep learning around organizational strategy the client modified their yearly objectives. The client also expressed great interest in having these student-consultants come back for more consulting. Beijing is just the beginning. The department OL&D is excited to develop and provide similar international classes in the future.
Leaders in the Field
Adjunct faculty in the program are leaders in various areas of the field. Students are afforded the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts.
All students are given a membership to the Organization Development Education Association, at no cost. This membership gives students free access to research materials and a discount to the national OD Network Conference.
The department offers relevant professional development opportunities from a variety of leaders in the community throughout the year at no cost to students.