Ranks Online Masters of Organization Development and Leadership at No.5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

by Rosemary Martin '14

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 5, 2014) — recently acknowledged Saint Joseph’s University’s Online Masters in Science of Organization Development and Leadership (MODL) as one of the top programs in its category. The fully online format for this program launched four years ago, and was recognized for academic excellence, course offerings and return on investment. SJU ranked fifth out of 20 highlighted schools.

"I am very proud to receive this ranking after such a short time online,” says Program Director Felice Tilin, Ph.D. “We worked hard to develop a program that is distinctive in the online realm using a unique experiential learning methodology designed for students to immediately apply what they learn to their work environments. I believe that the criteria of academic excellence and return on investment ranked high for SJU due to the team of esteemed part-time and visiting professors who dedicate themselves to educating, coaching and championing every single student in the program."

According to the Journal of Leadership Studies, organization leadership is one of the fastest-growing academic fields in higher education. SJU’s 36-credit-hour Online MODL program combines online courses and facilitative leadership clinics along with other meetings with professors and classmates. Most of the students are adult professionals who work full time, and they connect course work and real-world experiences with their respective careers. In two years or less, candidates graduate with a certificate or a master’s degree, along with the understanding and ability to initiate change, becoming leaders within their organizations.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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