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Master of Science in Talent and Organization Development

What You’ll Study

MSTOD DEI conference Summer 2023

Responding to ongoing changes in today’s business environment requires optimizing an organization’s most valuable resource – its people. Modern workplaces need individuals who can adapt and lead efforts to meet organizational and talent needs.

This program is designed to enhance your interpersonal, motivational, analytical, and decision-making skills. Gain valuable experience and knowledge that will prepare you to create, implement, and lead change to propel organizations and their people forward.

Founded in 2006 and housed within our AACSB-accredited McColl School of Business, the MSTOD program evolves to meet the needs of today’s marketplace. Through applied experiences and consulting projects, you will gain expertise in theories, models, and frameworks of talent development and organization development. 

Program Highlights

MSTOD 2023 residency
Spring 2023 Residency

Number of credits: 30 credit hours 

Number of courses needed to graduate: 10 

Average Completion Time: Four to eight semesters—complete at your own pace 

Cost per credit: $1,005

Flexible Program: Live virtual synchronous classes with in-person options

Immersive residency

Co-curricular opportunities: Mentoring program, graduate groups, executive coaching, speaker series, international experience.

MS in Talent & Organization Development Board of Advisors supports students and program development.

Annually, Queens hosts the Talent and Organization Development Mini-Conference. We invite you to join us to build your network and continue your education. Summer 2024 Theme: Coaching in Organizations. July 24, 2024. Students attend for free. Registrations open in May.

Optional Specializations

To gain specialized knowledge to support your career and maximize your impact, you can customize your degree by choosing three electives that meet the requirements for one of the following seven specializations: 

  • Executive Coaching
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Executive Coaching 
  • Learning and Development Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Consulting
  • Stakeholder, Client, and Relationship Management

Most specializations are also available as a stand-alone certificate to give you what you need on your schedule.

How Can You Use This Degree?

The MS in Talent & Organization Development (MSTOD) degree provides opportunities for advancement for individuals who desire to lead and develop teams, departments, and organizations. Talent development and organization change skills can be leveraged to support a host of roles including:

  • Consultant
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Human Resource Business Partner
  • Operations Manager
  • Executive Leaders & Director
  • Professional & Executive Coach
  • Relationship Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist
  • Organization Development Specialist
  • C-Suite Executive
  • HR Manager
  • Program Managers
  • Facilitator

Highlighted Courses

Introduction to Coaching (TOD 625)

You will explore coaching models while practicing and developing coaching skills, including contracting, planning, goal setting, managing progress, accountability, listening, and questioning.

People Analytics (TOD 630)

You will recognize how and when data-driven and evidence-based approaches are used to make organization-based decisions—providing the opportunity to position yourself as a strategic partner in an organization’s talent decisions.

Management Consulting (TOD 644)

You will learn the concepts, methods, skills, and attributes required to effectively provide external and internal consulting to organizations. The course focuses on the dialogue with the client as you work through the design of an engagement.

Talent Strategies (TOD 645)

You will learn how to align an organization’s workforce, including the design and implementation of HR programs, with its overall business strategy and operating model.

Transformational Change (TOD 646)

You will immerse yourself in an intensive leadership development experience with a focus on resiliency and self-actualization to support your personal and professional self-awareness.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Organizations (TOD 648)

You will develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate DE&I initiatives to foster an engaged, inclusive, and equitable workplace environment.

Program Contact

Greg Berka, Ph.D.

Director, MS in Talent and Organizational Development
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

Graduate Recruiter

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The McColl School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) which is the gold standard for business schools. Fewer than six percent of business schools worldwide have obtained AACSB accreditation.

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