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Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development

Program Objectives

The Organizational Psychology and Development Concentration strengthens the ability of Organization Development Practitioners, Human Resource Professionals, Project Leaders, Managers, Change Agents, Internal and External Consultants, Mental Health Professionals and individuals in career transition to develop assessment, planning, facilitation and consulting skills in guiding and implementing change in self, groups and organizations. Learning objectives for the Master’s Degree Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development are to:

  • Collaborate with sponsors/clients by helping to assess their needs
  • Collect and act on quantitative and qualitative data that identifies organization and individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn new skills to create strategies that align individual and departmental goals with organizational objectives
  • Leverage internal/external resources to deliver excellent client services by concentrating on the work issues and problems that matter
  • Develop measurements that help clients focus their behaviors on achieving specific outcomes.


The Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership with a Concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development consists of twelve 3-credit courses. The thirty-six credits are distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses

6 Courses/18 Credits


2 Courses/6 Credits

Advanced Courses

4 Courses/12 Credits

Foundation Courses

The Foundation Courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have a common body of knowledge in performance consulting, strategic leadership and specific organizational psychology concepts. All six Foundation Courses are required.

ODL 605

Performance Consulting

ODL 660

Strategic Leadership

ODL 620

Psychological Assessments

ODL 625

Psychology of Executive Coaching

ODL 630

Leadership Psychology and Team Development

ODL 635

Seminar in Organizational Psychology Issues

Elective Courses

The courses below are a sample of electives that can be taken. Substitution is permissible with

permission of your advisor. Foundation courses from the Adult Learning and Training Concentration

can be taken as electives.

ODL 645

Leadership Principles

ODL 675

Implementing Change

ODL 646

Career Development: Theory and Practice

ODL 642

Facilitating Adult Learning

ODL 647

Appreciative Inquiry

ODL 600

Adult Learning: Theory and Application

ODL 615

Learning Design and Implementation

ODL 640

Training and OD in Modern Organizations

ODL 644

Leadership Development Methods for Training

ODL 688

Social Media and Learning

ODL 690

Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills

ODL 695

Organization Consulting: A Gestalt Approach

Advanced Courses

The Advanced Courses are designed to provide students with advanced facilitation, influence, consulting and intervention skills. All four Advanced Courses are required.

ODL 700

Organization Development: Theory and Application

ODL 710

Intervention Skills: Strategy and Design

ODL 790

Research Design and Evaluation

ODL 785

Advanced Seminar

Order of Taking Courses

Students should take the six Foundation Courses before taking the Advanced Courses. Refer to course descriptions for specific course requirements/prerequisites. Advanced courses are taken as the last series of courses.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development, students must satisfactorily complete 12 courses/36 credits. Two courses (six credits) may be transferred as long as they are in accord with program requirements and university standards. Transcripts must be submitted prior to matriculation.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must have four or more years of professional work experience in organizations. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.7 have to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores and request provisional status for admission.

Applicants should submit or have sent to the Office of Graduate Operations the following:

  • a completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  • official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework. If you are a SJU graduate the Office of Graduate Operations will obtain your SJU transcripts for you.
  • a current resumé
  • two letters of recommendation from at least two faculty appraising the candidate’s promise and capacity for graduate study, reflecting, from a professional’s point of view, the candidate’s ability to pursue a rigorous, independent course of study at the graduate level.
  • a personal statement outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for the program, including the applicant’s rationale for program choice and professional study.
  • $35 application fee – waived if attended an Open House or an SJU graduate.