Online Master of Science in Organizational Development

Activate a new level of leadership within your organization. Abilene Christian University’s online Master of Science in Organizational Development helps you uncover strategies to uplift and motivate your workforce, encourage collaboration, and foster a culture where all individuals feel valued. Through this framework, this flexible degree program views leadership as a tool of change and the foundation of efficiency: understand how to transform your department or business to achieve results, grow upward, and embrace innovation.

Crafted with today’s executives, directors, administrators, and department heads in mind, this fully online interdisciplinary program equips you to empower all employees and team members and go forth with your faith as your guide. In the process, you’ll explore ways to improve the health and cohesiveness of today’s complex and dynamic organizational structures, strengthen your communication, conflict resolution, and psychology skills, and ultimately discover a more impactful leadership style. 

Activate a new level of leadership within your organization. Abilene Christian University’s online Master of Science in Organizational Development helps you uncover strategies to uplift and motivate your workforce, encourage collaboration, and foster a culture where all individuals feel valued. Through this framework, this flexible degree program views leadership as a tool of change and the foundation of efficiency: understand how to transform your department or business to achieve results, grow upward, and embrace innovation.

Crafted with today’s executives, directors, administrators, and department heads in mind, this fully online interdisciplinary program equips you to empower all employees and team members and go forth with your faith as your guide. In the process, you’ll explore ways to improve the health and cohesiveness of today’s complex and dynamic organizational structures, strengthen your communication, conflict resolution, and psychology skills, and ultimately discover a more impactful leadership style. 

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About the Program

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By incorporating courses and professors from the fields of communication, conflict resolution, and psychology, ACU’s online Master of Science in Organizational Development program offers a focused yet flexible plan of study for achieving results through leadership in a variety of settings, including public and private organizations. Along with expanding your knowledge of human resources, finance, supply chain management, and information technology applications, you’ll also learn to integrate your faith, both internally and externally, to lead, administer, and manage organizational change.

Program Structure

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Learn what it takes to lead, resolve conflicts, and be a change agent. Our online master’s degree in Organizational Development gives you the skills to become the leader your company needs.

Required Hours

36 hours
24 months

Example Coursework

Leading Organizational Change
Training & Development
Organizational Behavior
Negotiation

Upcoming Start Dates

August 23, 2022
October 18, 2022

COMMON JOB TITLES

Chief Operations Officer
Training and Development Manager
Organizational Development Consultant
Small Business Owner
Non-profit organization professionals
Government administrators

Curriculum

The online Master’s in Organizational Development involves 36 credit hours divided among courses in communications (12 credit hours), management science (six credit hours), and conflict management (18 credit hours).

Instructors emphasize real-world applications of psychology-based theories, and concepts are introduced through recent research and established management methods. You’ll advance your leadership perspective through courses covering:

  • change-driven strategies and the concept of the learning organization;
  • intercultural competence to effectively lead and connect with a diverse, often global workforce;
  • developing and evaluating human resources training programs;
  • the role of human resources management;
  • the characteristics of a functional organization, including motivation, culture, ethics, and decision-making;
  • managing and understanding interpersonal conflicts in relation to communication, emotions, and identity;
  • key negotiation techniques, including essential skills, identifying biases, and managing conflicting parties; and
  • conflict resolution concepts, tools, and applications, including communication and sociopolitical theories, workplace issues, and ethics.

Meet the Program Director

Kipi Fleming, Conflict Management and Resolution, Master of Science in Organizational Development

Dr. Kipi Fleming, Master of Science in Organizational Development

Dr. Fleming received her B.S.Ed in elementary education with an emphasis in reading from Abilene Christian University in 1985. Before the birth of her children, she taught first grade and later substituted in the public schools in Texas and Oklahoma at all levels. Dr. Fleming received her MACRR from ACU in 2010 and went on to complete her doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University in 2015 where her research concentrated on the biblical interpretation of marital submission and how it affects the Christian marriage relationship.

Dr. Fleming joined the faculty at the Duncum Center in the summer of 2015 as an adjunct professor and was named the conflict management program director at ACU Dallas in July of 2016. Her research interests include family conflict, gender and conflict, conflict in schools, leadership and conflict, church conflict, and conflict in American history. Dr. Fleming is a mediator for the Lubbock County Office of Dispute Resolution where she works primarily with families in divorce mediations.

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Master of Science in Organizational Development

Determined leaders are never satisfied. Instead, you strive to improve to inspire others, nurture your organization’s potential, and look toward the future. ACU’s online Master’s in Organizational Development gives you an edge in these areas. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts nine-percent growth for management professionals between 2020 and 2030, this program broadens your knowledge base to help you tackle new challenges and better guide your workforce. 

Considering these objectives, this program provides a skills boost for:

  • corporate executives;
  • nonprofit directors;
  • department heads;
  • general managers;
  • training development managers;
  • human resources professionals; and
  • administrative professionals in government, healthcare, and more fields.
This is where we make it happen

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted.
  • Submit a current resume.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

 

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).


Outcomes

Small businesses to nonprofits to multinational corporations now contend with an increasingly globalized, technology-driven marketplace. This environment requires a new kind of leader — an adaptable communicator, negotiator, and motivator who’s multiculturally competent and ready to forge meaningful connections. These relationships — among teams and departments across an organization — propel success and form its cultural backbone. 

With these factors in mind, the online master’s degree in Organizational Development presents a widely applicable plan of study that helps you lead with intelligence. To help your team or organization thrive from top to bottom, you’ll:

  • learn to develop, implement, and maintain productive organizational systems and structures;
  • acquire a detailed, more nuanced understanding of human resources, information technology, production, finance, and supply chain management functions;
  • approach management from an ethical perspective that places employees first;
  • begin to understand leadership on a global level and its effects on efficiency, productivity, and profits;
  • become familiar with human behavior within complex organizational structures;
  • explore the role of customer service within organizational structures; 
  • uncover a more customized approach to leadership, with focus given to group and team needs; and
  • have the option to earn a Conflict Resolution certificate to support and attest to your negotiation and communication skills.