Our recently redesigned program is built on a 15 year legacy of successful OD doctoral education at St. Thomas. The program is a unique cohort-based, residency-based, blended learning executive doctoral program developing scholar-practitioners of change, who can make a difference for organizations and people in society.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organization Development and Change is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of settings. Upon earning this degree, students will be equipped to:
For the Doctorate:
ODOC 900: Introduction to Organization Development & Change
The organization world has changed, and we need to improve how we lead and manage change in response. Our global environments are increasingly turbulent and uncertain in key aspects, like economic, technological, workforce and markets -- which drives needs for systemic, inclusive, sustainable and rapid change. Organizations of all types and sizes need the capability to initiate, respond to, adapt with and lead change in today's world. This external transformation is driving numerous needs inside organizations, especially in such areas as strategy, organization design, talent management, culture and practices, stakeholder inclusion, collaboration and working across boundaries.
This doctorate is designed for working professionals with a master’s degree, 5 or more years of leadership or change experience and a desire to work as a change agent (in any type of role) to impact the effectiveness and health of all types of organizations.
The graduates of this program will be able to:
Convenient and Timely Delivery Model designed for busy working professionals. The coursework is completed in 2.5 years and most dissertations in the next year or so, comparing well to doctoral averages ranging from 3-6 years. Only 10 residencies spaced across the 2.5 years, including 1 global team practicum. Virtual work, independent and group studies occur in between.
Cohort-based, residency-based, blended education is among the best learning models for graduate education. We blend some engaging asynchronous and synchronous online components with intensive residencies held at conference centers, conducive to learning. Cohorts and residencies create a diverse, learning community with faculty and peers, with a variety of individual, group and cohort learning designs, on-going support of each other and a ‘cultural island’ for intensive learning.
Practice Perspectives and Skills are also an important emphasis in the program. There are 3 Practicum courses throughout the coursework to develop practice mastery, under the guidance of an experienced advisor. Each one can be customized to where one starts and where one wishes to end in terms of career or roles. Each requires learning in using theory-in-practice. One is completed in teams during the Global Team Practicum residency. The other two include one that is done individually and one that can be used for further field practice or professional conference presentation or publication.
Leaders in the Field
Our faculty and distinguished scholar-practitioners pursue publications and professional presentations as expressions of thought-leadership in organization change and related areas. Our department offers relevant professional development opportunities from a variety of leaders in the community throughout the year at no cost to students.
We are a founding member of the OD Education Association which provides OD Network membership for our students, access to their resources and discounts to their conference. All students are given a membership to ODN at no cost.