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Effective leaders understand the leverage points in organizations. They know small change can make a big difference to benefit the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profits. The Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership (MA-ODL) focuses on how you, as a leader or a manager, can take advantage of the opportunities these points present to create positive change and build successful and humane organizations.

As a participant in our global community of practice, you will learn the skills and theoretical foundation to qualify for many mid-level management positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects in management, leadership or training and development are best for those with a master’s degree and related work experience. Our program allows you to achieve both and distinguish yourself from other job candidates. As you work toward your degree, you earn certificates that develop skills you can immediately apply to your work and build your résumé along the way.

Our unique system of “skill stack certificates” allows you to create a program that is suited to your individual needs and expertise. Each certificate emphasizes practical applications of leadership and inquiry to real-world challenges. Upon completion of the Master’s degree you will have acquired an Organizational Development and Leadership Certificate plus 2 additional certificates from our Skill Stack or a general certificate focus of Effectiveness Across Organizational Systems.


  • Distinguish yourself as a skilled leader in organizational development.
  • Enhance your résumé while earning your degree.
  • Develop a knowledge base and skill set that can be applied immediately to create a more effective environment at work.
  • Explore a wide variety of assessment and evaluation tools.
  • Discover design thinking and research in the course certificates and capstone.
  • Join a professional community that leads a wide range of management consulting organizations across for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors.
  • Share your experiences with our multinational, multicultural student body. 

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Noah Harris

What are people saying?

"I am considerably impressed with the experienced classmates in my graduate program. I enjoy collaborating with them and am forming lasting friendships and professional relationships. "

-Noah Harris, MA, Alumnus
Consulting Partner
Shamana Consulting, Inc.

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