Organizational Development and Leadership

Why Study Organizational Development and Leadership

Shippensburg University’s Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership is designed for students pursuing leadership positions in various career fields.

The program has two objectives:

  • To apply the critical view of organizations from social scientific perspectives
  • To enhance students’ understanding of how organizations operate and change over time

The performance and role of leadership in formal and informal settings is an integral part of the program. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and increase your knowledge in selected discipline areas.

Why Study Organizational Development and Leadership at Ship

The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership is an interdisciplinary program that will provide you with several opportunities to:

  • Learn basic principles and theories of organizational development and the role of leadership
  • Enhance skills and knowledge in specified content areas
  • Combine theory with practical experience through an internship in the student’s concentration

This interdisciplinary program is delivered by a diverse faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the John L. Grove College of Business, and the College of Education and Human Services

Program Requirements

You must meet all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, including:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. The ODL Admissions Committee may request an interview if an applicant’s GPA is below 2.75.
  • Submit the graduate application form along with:
    • Current resume
    • Personal goals statement, usually one page single-spaced explaining your personal and/or professional goals for pursuing the program
    • Undergraduate transcript(s)
    • Requisite application fee
    • Track Selection Form

The resume and personal goal statement should be submitted via email as a PDF or Word Document attachment to Please include your full name and date of birth with each submission.

This 30-credit master’s program is designed for both full and part-time students. Core courses are offered at Shippensburg University’s campus and at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Not all concentrations are available in Harrisburg. Course sequences are flexible and core courses have no prerequisites.

Research Opportunities

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Contact Info

Sociology and Anthropology
Grove Hall 428, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1735
Department Website