ODL Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do both locations (Dixon University Center and Shippensburg University campus) offer all of the concentrations?
No. Dixon University Center (students taking courses only at Dixon) only offers Business, MIS, and Public Organizations. All concentrations are offered at the Ship campus.
2. Can I complete the program in one year?
The program is designed to be completed in four semesters. It is highly unlikely that the necessary courses fall into a one year schedule. Limited classes are offered in winter and summer terms: with these it is possible to complete within 12-15 calendar months. Full-time attendance equals nine credits. A desire to take more credits should be thoroughly assessed and a discussion should be had with the program coordinator, Dr. Barbara Denison.
3. Can I get the internship component of the program waived since I have X number of years of experience?
The internship is an experiential learning component of the overall capstone portion at the end of the ODL program. It is designed individually around a student’s work and other responsibilities and does not require time outside the normal number of hours a three-credit graduate class would take in a semester. It is an exciting feature that highlights our ODL master’s program from other leadership programs in that you practice autonomous leadership skills and apply your learning in a supportive organizational environment. The internship cannot be at a place of current or prior employment and must be related to the student's ODL concentration.
4. Who will be my advisor?
For the duration of the ODL program, your advisor will be the program coordinator.
5. What types of jobs will the MS in Organizational Development and Leadership allow me to obtain?
You should be asking yourself what your career aspirations are and how a master's degree will assist in the pursuit of such aspirations.
6. Can I transfer credits?
Although the university policy is to allow nine transfer credits, the ODL program allows a maximum of six credits to be transferred for any one concentration. Information about graduate transfer credits can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.