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Organizational Development and Leadership, MS

The Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL) program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for leadership positions in various career fields. Our approach provides a broad understanding of leadership strategies and the operational characteristics and concerns of organizations, while also providing the opportunity to select a concentration area for one’s career goals.

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What Will I Learn?

This 30-credit interdisciplinary program has three key components:

  • 12 credits of core coursework in Organizational Theory, Leadership Theory, Research, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion,
  • 12 credits in a concentration which may be either a specific area of expertise (e.g., Business, Higher Education and Student Affairs, or Management Information Systems) or an individualized concentration that offers students a flexible array of graduate classes to achieve their self-identified skills across disciplines, and
  • an internship and capstone experience.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

This interdisciplinary program offers a broad social science perspective on the interactions between leaders, followers and social structures. The highlight is an experiential capstone where you will put leadership into practice and gain valuable real world insights.

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What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Alumni of this concentration have careers in these areas and more: Army Community Service at US Army War College, Army Heritage Center Foundation, Gettysburg College, JLG Industries, Johns Hopkins University, Keystone Human Services, Messiah University, National Science Foundation, North Carolina Central University, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, US Department of Defense, US Lacrosse, and US Veterans Administration.

The Organizational Development and Leadership program with a business concentration is designed for students without a business or business-related undergraduate degree. The program is focused on leadership theory, leading change and organizational theory to prepare strong leaders and followers for the complex world.


Shippensburg University’s Organizational Development and Leadership program is designed for students pursuing leadership positions. This concentration is for those interested in higher education.


Individualized is the broadest Organizational Development and Leadership, allowing you to select from a wide range of graduate courses in social sciences and humanities to best prepare for your own career goals.


Those interested in a career in the many applications of management information systems should consider the Management Information Systems focus of the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership program.