Fielding Graduate University is proud of its legacy developing true scholar-practitioners. What is unique about the Fielding ODC PhD curriculum is that we provide you with the foundation you need to become a scholar while offering you the flexibility to be the type of practitioner you aspire to become.

Our PhD offers a master’s along the way, as well as the option to fulfill elective requirements choosing not just from HOD (Human and Organizational Development) electives but from any of the general electives offered in the IECD (Infant and Early Childhood Development) program and/or the Leadership for Change program.

Required Courses

These courses create a strong core for your advanced studies while challenging you to consider perspectives and contexts beyond your current profession.

Foundations of Doctoral Study
Doctoral Competencies Seminar
Foundations of Inquiry
Foundations of Organization Studies
Systems Approaches to Leadership, Organizations, and Society

Social & Ecological Justice
Organization Development and Change
Practicum in Organization & Systems Change
Portfolio Review
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
ODC Comprehensive Assessment

Electives: Define Your Own Scholar-Practitioner Identity

Our electives offer you the flexibility to find your own definition of what it means to be a scholar-practitioner. See the Fielding catalog for a full list of electives. Below are examples of how you can use electives to set your own path. Our concentrations allow you to further extend these interests.

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The Scholar-Activist

Social Change

Structural Inequality and Diversity

Ecological Studies

Social and Ecological Sustainability: Theory and Practice

Plus two additional electives*

The Scholar-Consultant

Intervention Theories and Methods

Group Dynamics and Team Learning

Intervening in Systems

Consulting Process and Practice

Strategic Organizational Change Process

Plus one additional elective*

The Scholar-Leader

Leadership Theories and Methods

Public Policy and Public Action

Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Self and Systems

Mindful Leadership

Leadership for Social and Ecological Sustainability

Plus one additional elective*

The Scholar-Coach

Transformative Learning

Theoretical Foundations of Evidence Based Coaching

Organizational and Leadership Coaching

Evidence Based Coaching Praxis

Plus two additional electives*

The Scholar-Disrupter

Creativity and Innovation in Organization Design

Global Systems

Culture, Technology, and Social Change in the Digital Age

Media, Technology and Disruptive Innovation

Plus two additional electives*


The Scholar - YOU DECIDE!

Craft your own scholar-practitioner identity with six electives (24 credits)!
*Up to 16 credits of electives may be self-defined