Curriculum Overview

MS in Organization Development

The most important ingredient in leading change is leading people.

At USF you’ll learn how people behave, how to understand their motivations, and how they make decisions in individual and team settings. You’ll also learn how to improve teamwork and how to evaluate the overall effectiveness of an organization.

  • The MSOD curriculum is comprised of 32 units–24 units of core coursework and 8 units of electives.
  • Classes are scheduled weeknights and occasional Saturdays; a convenient student schedule for working professionals.
  • Classes are held at the USF Downtown campus at 101 Howard Street, San Francisco California.

About the MS in Organization Development Curriculum

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Program Goal 1 - Understanding the Foundations, Theories and Models of OD
    • LO 1) Students will become familiar with the key concepts, research, theories and models in OD.
    • LO 2) Students will apply OD theories and models to change interventions in organizations.
  • Program Goal 2 - Ability to Lead Change and Use Self-as-Instrument
    • LO 3) Students will develop skills in building collaborative, mutually trusting relationships in an organizational system, contracting with clients, defining goals, providing and receiving feedback and implementing interventions adhering to the values and principles of OD practice.
    • LO 4) Students will practice self-reflection, skillful communication, effective negotiation and conflict resolution and self-care and use their own feelings as valuable information about how the organization functions.
  • Program Goal 3 - Proficiency in Organizational Inquiry, Research and Analysis
    • LO 5) Students will become proficient in field research, participatory action research and related data collection methods (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation).
    • LO 6) Students will be able to analyze qualitative and quantitative data, interpret findings, make data-based recommendations and evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
  • Program Goal 4 - Competence with Teams, Culture and Diversity
    • LO 7) Students will attain skills to effectively contribute to teams as well as develop and empower others to work effectively in team contexts.
    • LO 8) Students will understand the impact global culture and diversity inclusion has on organizational culture and will be able to work effectively across cultural perspectives.

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

Monday–Friday 9 a.m–5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221