Remain in your local community through a variety of individual and collaborative group learning opportunities. Pursue your degree in ways that best fit with your career, family responsibilities, and study preferences.
Explore your passions with self-directed studies and optional concentrations in: Aging, Culture and Society (ACS), Information Society and Knowledge Organizations (ISAKO), or Transformative Learning for Social Justice (TLSJ). You and a faculty mentor will co-design a plan of study that is personally meaningful to you and will put you on track to achieving your individual goals.
Participate in a collegial and engaged distance learning community of scholars, practitioners, and leaders. Many of our HOS students serve in professions such as organizational consulting, human resources, and management. As a student, your individual experience and knowledge informs the research, theory, and practice within this program to address the challenges of modern global organizations.
Reach a new level of self-awareness for making a greater difference in the world through a program that focuses on organizational, community, and social systems. Guided by principles of social responsibility, the HOS program integrates adult and organizational development as a means for diversity and change leadership.
Goals & Objectives
Students in the Human and Organizational Systems PhD program are expected to graduate with the following skills and abilities:
- Achieve a broad understanding of the scholarly literature in the fields of human and organizational development
- Develop logical and coherent scholarly arguments, critique theory, and research
- Synthesize ideas and integrate theory and practice
- Reflect on your own practice skills in light of the theory and research you have read
- Integrate your intellectual, personal and professional learning and demonstrate appropriate use of personal voice in your writing
- Understand diverse cultural world views and epistemologies and the social justice implications of knowledge, theory and practice
- Demonstrate graduate-level writing skills including the appropriate use of primary and secondary resources, scholarly language, and the logical flow and sequencing of ideas
- Distinguish different research methods and demonstrate depth of knowledge in the method you choose for your dissertation
- Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies and be able to connect various research methods to different research objectives and questions
- Connect the results of your own research to other research and theory in your field
What Do Our Students Study?
View a partial list of student dissertations, written on the path toward earning their PhD.
- Sustainability as Organizational Culture: Uncovering Values, Practices, and Processes
- Our Stories, our Voices: How PhD Students of Color View Mentoring in Science and Engineering Graduate Programs
- Strong Black Woman: A Collaborative Study on Understanding, Experiences, and Relationship to Health and Wellness
- Executive Coaching and Self-Efficacy: A Study of Goal-Setting and Leadership Capacity
- Contextual Mentoring of Student Veterans: A Communication Perspective
- Coaching, Clients, and Competencies: How Coaches Experience the Flow State Narratives as Navigation Tools in Support of Executive Global Leadership Development
- Cognitive Diversity and Innovation: Does Cognitive Diversity in Multinational Corporations Influence Workgroup Innovation?
- Addressing Race: The Experiences of White Women and Men to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in their Communities
- Social Networks and Organizational Change: The Important Role of a Trusted Advisor
- The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans' Families Program: Transformative Learning for Discontinuous Life Transition
- Dissonance and Resonance in a Community of Practice
- Understanding the Influence of the Board of Directors on Corporate Social Responsibility in U.S. Public Companies that are Recognized as CSR Leaders
- A Case Study Investigating The Development, Implementation, And Perceptions Of Transformational Leadership Practices Of The Clinical Nurse Leader
- The Integrative Entrepreneur, A Lifeworld Study of Women Sustainability Entrepreneurs
- External Interim Executives: A Model for Nonprofit Leadership Succession
- Emotions and Innovative Leadership: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
- Living Essence: Exploring Aesthetic Factors in Leadership Development Experiences
- Women on Corporate Boards and Shared Leadership: An Exploratory Study of Board Process
- An Exploration of Racial Identity, Self-Esteem, and School-Level Diversity for African and African American Adolescents in Seattle, Washington