Organization Development & Change

Human Resource and Change Leadership

The Organization Development and Change leaders we educate have a strong interdisciplinary foundation to assume multiple leadership roles capable of working at the intersection of people, strategy, technology and change. Candidates learn how to partner with other leaders in organizations to understand how to lead change; how their strategy, systems and processes are functioning and can be improved; what talent issues and opportunities need to be managed for success; and how learning processes can be applied to enhance organization performance. Learn more in our information session video. This program prepares students for a wide range of roles in change and performance leadership. Through this degree, graduates will:

  • Be able to integrate organization development and change principles and practices to solve organization problems
  • Understand how organizations operate, talent fits in and effectiveness is managed
  • Gain skills to work across all levels of human systems
  • Understand operational and strategic functions of an organization


What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (Minneapolis)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms



MA: 36


For the MA:

HRDO 550   Theory and Practice of Organizational Change
HRDO 561   Adult Learning and Development in the Workplace
HRDO 580   Partnering and Consulting
HRDO 585   Measuring HR and Change Impact
HRDO 590   Leadership, Change and Development
HRDO 604   Organization Development and Design
HRDO 630   Strategic HR & Change Leadership: Capstone/Practicum
Electives (5 courses - 15 credits)

Full course catalog with descriptions


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How to Apply

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale).  If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.

2 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form
  • Current Resume
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
  • Personal Statement

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

4 | Complete Interview with Faculty Member

Special Opportunities

Capstone Practicum

The Capstone/Practicum integrates the program’s curriculum and provides students with the opportunity to apply new skills in a real world setting. With support from both faculty and field mentors, students use underlying foundations and newly acquired competencies to develop their own practice framework on a project of their own choosing. In the classroom, students learn from each other through sharing of ideas, problem solving, reflection and collaboration. The bridging of theory and practice culminates in this course.


Throughout the year the department holds events that provide students, alumni and community professionals with on-going professional development opportunities. Students and alumni have access to leaders and authors in the field who share their expertise on current issues of interest to students and professionals working in organization development, HR and change.

Professional Organizations

Faculty, students and alumni are involved in professional organizations within the field such as the Society for Human Resource Management, American Society for Training & Development and the Organization Development Network. The Minnesota chapter of the OD Network meets monthly on the Minneapolis campus. These organizations provide opportunities for networking and ongoing professional development.

Alumni Network

Students from this program have the opportunity to continue being academically challenged and to benefit from collaboration with classmates through the Organization Development and Change Leadership Alumni Group. This group meets on a regular basis to continue learning and professional development, share, support, problem solve and network with both new and former colleagues.

Scholar/Practitioner Faculty

Our program draws its faculty from practical scholars who are engaged in innovative thinking and research in organization development and change and who work closely with organizations to develop this knowledge in the Twin Cities, nationally, and internationally. Our full-time faculty is joined with a core group of exemplary leader-practitioners and guest scholars who bring their field and organizational experience to our M.A. students through hands-on, creative problem solving, focusing on current issues, trends and approaches.