MS in Talent and Organization Development
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School of Business
Harness the power of human capital.
2020 was defined by unprecedented disruption and rapid changes to the way we do business. Responding to these changes requires utilizing an organization’s most valuable resource – its people. Organizations need people who can adapt and lead efforts to meet organizational and talent needs.
The MS in Talent and Organization Development (MSTOD) will prepare you to create, implement and lead change that will propel organizations and its people forward.
Talent & Organization Development Mini-Conference
The MSTOD program offers an annual mini-conference for all professionals interested in exploring workplace topics related to talent development and organizational change. The three one-hour sessions explore a new theme each year and are experiential, facilitated by MSTOD faculty or alumni and support participants’ understanding of the influence and impact that we have on others. For information about our next event and to register, please visit our webpage.
"There is currently an intentional shift to prioritizing people in business. The MSTOD curriculum places a needed value on people as well as processes and outcomes." -D. Todd Holmes Jr. '20
MSTOD Program Highlights
Online with some in-person options
The MSTOD program is 100% online with opportunities to take some classes on campus and engage with our campus community in a variety of ways.
Get started in August or January, and complete the degree at your own pace. The program typically takes 21 months with options to accelerate or extend completion time. You can also choose from 5 optional concentrations to further specialize your degree.
Immersive Weekend Residency
Begin your MSTOD experience with an opportunity to get to know classmates, faculty, and the staff who will support you throughout your experience. You’ll engage in a variety of activities that will help you gain self-awareness, develop your capacity to work in teams, reflect on your learning style, and prepare to get the most out of your time in the program. Our Fall and Spring Residency dates are: October 7 & 8, 2023 for Fall and March 2 & 3, 2024 for Spring.
Apply what you’re learning in class through activities that encourage collaboration, reflection, innovation, and leadership, including participation in an optional international experience and several not-for-profit consulting projects. These projects have a direct impact on the community while providing a unique and expanded dimension to the student learning experience, including insights into charitable giving and social responsibility.
Emphasis on Leadership
The MSTOD program builds on the McColl School’s strong reputation for developing leaders. We go beyond the technical skills that enable you to perform well and challenge you to achieve your utmost potential. Learn more about our leadership initiatives.
The MSTOD faculty 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. Most importantly, they are passionate about teaching and dedicated to the success of our students. Meet our faculty.
The MSTOD is a 10-course (30-credit-hour) program made up of core, flexible core, and elective courses. It is designed for professionals who want to lead the design, development, implementation, and management of strategies, structures, and processes that enable an organization’s talent to execute strategy and achieve its goals and objectives. Classes are taught by scholar practitioners with a broad range of consulting and management experience.
See below how you can personalize your curriculum, and view course descriptions.
MSTOD students may choose to further specialize their degree by earning one of the following concentrations:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management
- Executive Coaching
- Learning and Development Management
- Management Consulting
- Not-For-Profit Leadership
- Organizational Leadership
- Strategic Human Capital Management
By studying talent and organization development, candidates can look to advance their careers in many ways in any industry. Some positions include consultants, human resources managers and generalists, training and development managers, executive coaches, facilitators and leaders.
You'll gain access to a strong network of organization development and talent professionals who ensure you're plugged into the Charlotte business community. The MSTOD Board of Advisors provide ongoing guidance on strategic initiatives related to curriculum, practical learning experiences, and career placement for students and graduates of the MSTOD program.
Review admissions requirements and deadlines to get started in August or January.
(No test scores required.)
Tuition & Scholarships
The MSTOD program offers scholarships up to $10,500. Explore the tuition rates and scholarship opportunities for graduate business programs.
Connect with Us
We can meet with you one-on-one, set up a class visit, or connect you with students and alumni to help you learn more about the program and McColl School experience.
Greg Berka, Ph.D.
Director, MS in Talent & Organizational Development
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior