The flexibility of Saint Joseph’s University's top-ranking MBA program allows you to take classes at your own pace — on campus in Philadelphia, online or both.
Organization Development and Leadership (ODL) MS
The complexities of today's organizations require leaders who understand how to motivate, train and retain employees to shape workplace culture. Offered primarily as an online program, with a selection of on-campus courses, the Organization Development and Leadership (ODL) MS from Saint Joseph's University is designed for professionals who want to lead change and create a strong company culture. Work at your own pace by choosing one, two or three courses per term.
Through Saint Joseph's 4+1 program, current undergraduate students can start earning credits toward their Organizational Development and Leadership MS degree during their senior year. This unique option allows you to graduate with two degrees — a bachelor's and master's — in just five years, saving you time and money. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, but students majoring in areas outside of computer science may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Students interested in this program should apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be conditionally accepted before they complete their bachelor's degree.
What Sets Our Program Apart
The Master of Science in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph's now offers a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Take courses on leading inclusive conversations, social identity and belonging and applying diversity in the workplace. With this certificate, you'll be empowered to develop partnerships, create change within an institution and understand methods for implementing and evaluating DEI initiatives.
All MS in ODL students take a common core set of classes to equip them with an understanding of the essentials of organization development, leadership and equity in organizations. In addition, students take electives they may wish to apply to the following certificates:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): This certificate is for champions or aspiring champions of DEI principles and practices in the workplace. Learn to apply scholarly theories and practical tools to help foster and promote inclusion and belonging in organizational systems and align personal values and career aspirations.
Organizational Development and Change: Gain a deeper understanding of developing organizational culture, leading change initiatives, consulting and facilitating personal and team growth in organizations.
Leadership: Develop your knowledge and skills in organizational leadership, including personal, team and strategic leadership.
Human Resources: Develop an essential understanding of HR functions and learn how to be a strategic partner with human resources.
Designed for busy professionals, the organization development and leadership MS is primarily offered as an online program, with a selection of on-campus courses.
Our evening classes are small and designed for professionals looking to create connections with their classmates and professors.
Through Saint Joseph’s 4+1 program, current undergraduate students with any major offered by the Haub School of Business can start earning credits toward their MS in organization development and leadership degree during their senior year. This unique option allows you to graduate with two degrees — a bachelor’s in business and a master’s in organization development and leadership — in just five years, saving you time and money. Students interested in this program should apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be provisionally accepted before they complete their bachelor’s degree.
Earning a master's degree in organization development and leadership from Saint Joseph's University is just a single step in the process of becoming an empathetic leader who understands complex organizations and diverse cultures. The program's experiential learning format allows you to immediately apply classroom learning in the workplace. Class sizes are small and offer interactive experiences with engaging and challenging projects and activities designed to enhance your education.
What Can You Do with an ODL Degree?
With a master's in organization development and leadership, you will be prepared to take on leadership roles within your company, including:
- Vice president, director, manager or partner-level roles
- Human resources or change management specialist
- Executive coaching
- Organization development, training and learning
- Diversity and inclusion officer
Affordable tuition options start at $1,192 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023, differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph’s University is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, that assesses institutions for the highest available form of accreditation.
The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a recognition that represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
Why Study MS in Organization Development and Leadership in Philadelphia?
By studying an MS in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University, you’ll be part of a rich and vibrant learning community that will become a valuable network for you long after graduation. You'll benefit from studying at a university located in Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest cities offering countless job opportunities. Our graduates also frequently report promotions and opportunities for career advancement after graduation.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August and October
- Spring: January and March
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for additional requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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