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
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
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
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
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
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
Community—the 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
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.
*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.
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
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
Applied organization development and consulting experiences with local businesses
and nonprofit organizations provide hands on learning and practical application oforganizational development theories and skills.
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.
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.
With an emphasis in coaching, candidates can earn a Certificate in Executive Coaching
along with their degree.
You'll gain access to a strong network of organization development professionals who
ensure you're plugged into the Charlotte business community.
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