Organization Development & Change

‌We are not currently accepting applications for any term starting after Fall 2017. Please check back later this fall for more details.

Lead change, consult and advise organizational leaders, engage and develop employees and think strategically with an M.A. in Organization Development and Change from the University of St. Thomas. Tailor your degree to meet your specific career needs with flexible scheduling and courses. Choose among face-to-face courses offered evenings and Saturdays, or from our growing list of online courses. Build a network of colleagues you will know throughout your career. Take advantage of the many resources the University of St. Thomas offers, including global learning opportunities, world-class media resources and mentoring from nationally known faculty.

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What Can I Do with This Degree?

The M.A. in Organization Development and Change provides flexibility in choosing electives that will prepare you for the role that fits with your career goals. Our program focuses on three important competency areas: strategic human resources, leading and managing change, and learning and technology.

Partner with Business Leaders to Strategically Leverage Talent

Graduates of the M.A. in Organization Development and Change from the University of St. Thomas take on Human Resource Business Partner and Leader jobs that require partnering and consulting with executive management to identify issues and drive improvement strategies to support organizations in achieving their strategic goals. Through hands-on, practical, team-based projects, our program prepares you to lead complex and systems-wide projects, guided by your understanding of self and others. You can deepen your knowledge of talent management, coaching, career development and strategic organizational planning and design.

Lead and Manage Change Through Hands-On Practice

Graduates of the M.A. in OD and Change serve as managers, leaders and consultants in Organizational Effectiveness, Organization Development and Change Management. Our program provides expertise in the OD consulting process, including data gathering, analysis and design. We prepare you by providing expertise in a variety of change methodologies and change solutions. Through our field-based classes and practicum projects, you will develop a clear case for change, and clarify desired outcomes, accurate scope, strategies, activities and decision-making roles.

Accelerate Performance Through Learning and Technology

With the M.A. in OD and Change, graduates become skilled in improving performance for individuals, groups and organizations through innovative practices and the application of technology solutions. Our graduates take on advanced roles in instructional design, including e-learning, learning systems design and development, virtual teaming and knowledge management. All of the courses focused on learning and technology will be offered online. Online sections of required courses will also be offered, making it possible to complete the M.A. program entirely online.

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (Minneapolis)
  • Online


When to start

We are not currently accepting applications for any term starting after Fall 2017. Please check back later this fall for more details.


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)

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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

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.