Organization Development MS | Queens University of Charlotte

MS IN Organization Development

Take Your First Step Toward Your MSOD.


McColl School of Business

School of Business

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Creating meaningful change starts with developing mindful leaders

Change can be confusing and chaotic for employees, customers, shareholders and executives. It takes more than a good manager to bring about effective organizational change—it takes a strong leader.

Graduates of the MS in Organization Development (MSOD) program differentiate themselves by facilitating positive change, whether it be at the individual, team or organization level.

The MSOD is a 36 credit hour, evening program designed to help each student develop an effective leadership philosophy and style. Classes are taught by scholar practitioners with a broad range of consulting and management experience.

Differentiate Yourself with an MSOD

Kim Blue-Terrell

Is the MSOD Right for You? 

  • You have at least five years of full-time, professional work experience.
  • You are in a role related to leadership development, managing change and resistance, culture transformation, employee engagement and motivation, teambuilding, conflict management, innovation and corporate creativity, strategic planning, organizational design, executive coaching, or consulting.
  • You are interested in learning how to apply organization development theories and practices to facilitate change and improve performance and organization effectiveness.
  • You would like to lead and support change at the individual, team, and organization level.
  • You are seeking ongoing personal and professional development.
  • You are committed to gaining self-awareness and understanding my impact on others.
  • You would like to become a part of an active network of fellow organizational development professionals.
  • You are prepared to be challenged by professors and peers, contribute in a meaningful way to classroom discussions, and devote the time necessary to be successful in a program.
  • You are looking for a transformational learning experience that pushes me to be better and inspire change.
“I received a holistic experience through classroom instruction, applied learning and inspiring connections with students, faculty and the Charlotte community"—Michelle Shail '11, Manager, Organizational Effectiveness, TIAA
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Emphasis on Leadership

Built on Hugh McColl’s 3 Cs of Leadership—Competence, Character and Commitment to Communitythe McColl School of Business seeks to develop leaders who act with a keen sense of self-awareness and an understanding of the impact they can have on their organizations and communities. You will develop your capacity for leadership in a variety of ways.

  • Work one-on-one with an executive coach to develop actionable plans to meet your personal and professional goals.
  • Learn from business leaders who will share their personal leadership philosophies and the impact of decisions and events on their careers. Executives in Residence and Leaders in Action provide unique opportunities to learn from local and national business and community leaders.
  • Step out of your comfort zone in an immersive leadership challenge that includes a philosophical debate on capitalism and an outdoor expedition.
  • Complete a unique course in Leadership Development that facilitates the development of your own leadership philosophy, style, and demonstrated effectiveness  
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The MSOD curriculum focuses on the use-of-self in leading organizational and personal change and emphasizes the impact of executive coaching on change management.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Organization Development
  • Organizational Systems Change
  • Introduction to Coaching Theories & Application*
  • Business Acumen
  • Research Methods
  • Interpersonal & Group Dynamics
  • Leadership Development

Electives (Select 3)

  • Advanced Coaching Theories & Application*
  • Coaching Practicum*
  • Conflict & Negotiation
  • Creative Connections
  • Transformational Change
  • International Experience
  • Management Consulting
  • Topics in Organization development
  • Capstone Practicum in Organization Development

*By completing Introduction to Coaching, Advanced Coaching, and the Coaching Practicum, you have the unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Executive Coaching as part of your degree.

High-Caliber Faculty

Our faculty members are committed to supporting and challenging you as you pursue your degree. They are scholar practitioners, meaning they have strong academic credentials, deep knowledge of the subjects they teach, and real-world experience to bring to the classroom. Meet our faculty.

"I never expected to go back to graduate school, but I am so thankful I did and that I chose Queens' MSOD program. It has opened doors for me professionally that have truly propelled my career. I have thoroughly enjoyed my professors, classmates, and overall experience."—Ashley Houseman '15, Vice President of Leadership & Organization Effectiveness, Spectrum

Experiential Learning 

In our graduate programs, students draw on the skills of faculty and fellow students to acquire strategic tools that they can immediately apply at work. Diverse perspectives provide a richer experience and push students to evaluate their beliefs, so they are better prepared to face challenges in the workplace.

    • Case studies allow students to analyze real-world business situations and develop recommendations.
    • Applied organization development and consulting experiences with local businesses and nonprofit organizations provide hands on learning and practical application oforganizational development theories and skills.

International Experience

The International Experience provides a rich learning opportunity that incorporates a mix of business, cultural and educational experiences. It is open to all McColl School graduate students and can be completed for credit as an elective course.

Career Opportunities

By studying organization development, candidates can look to advance their careers in many ways. Some positions include consultants, human resources managers and generalists, training and development managers, executive coaches, facilitators and leaders. These positions can be found in non-profits and industries, such as government, energy, healthcare, education, consulting, communication and financial services.

You'll gain access to a strong network of organization development professionals who ensure you're plugged into the Charlotte business community. The MSOD Board of Advisors represent a wide-range of professional experience in Organization Development and Executive Coaching related fields. They provide ongoing guidance on strategic initiatives related to curriculum, practical learning experiences, and career placement for students and graduates of the MSOD program.


You can begin this program in August, January or May. Learn more about the requirements, fellowship opportunities and other details regarding the MS in Organization Development program.

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We can meet with you one-on-one, set up a class visit, or connect you with an alumnus/a. 

Liza Boehling, M.S.

Liza Munford, M.S.
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions 

Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson
Senior Director of Enrollment Management & Student Services

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