According to an IBM study, about 60% of organizational change efforts fail. While there are many reasons for such failure, one major reason is that leaders do not know how to lead change and manage change effectively. The ability to manage change is becoming a critical skill for leaders in all industries and sectors of the global economy.
Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change (MPS–OD&C) can provide you with the background you need to effectively manage and lead change in an organization.
Why an Online Organization Development and Change Degree from Penn State?
Practical curriculum — As you progress through the courses, you'll gain new skills and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your current work environment to help improve your organization's effectiveness. Your course projects will regularly pull from work-related environments to ensure that the concepts you are building on are grounded in the reality of organization development.
Flexibility and convenience — Our online courses provide the flexibility and convenience you need to study around your schedule, no matter where in the world you are located. With no required visits to campus, you can skip the lengthy commute time without sacrificing any of the important core concepts. Learn from the experiences of your fellow classmates and faculty while minimizing disruptions to the other obligations in your busy life.
World-class faculty — You'll have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are experts in the organization development subject matter — and thought leaders in their fields. By providing highly interactive course material in an online global community, these world-class faculty members are dedicated to ensuring that you are as close to the face-to-face learning experience as possible.
Who Should Apply?
If you are a professional working in a career related to organization change and workforce development, this online degree could help you expand your understanding of the changing nature of the field of organization development, allowing you to advance your career. The program is also appropriate if you are relatively new to the field of organization development and are looking to develop the expertise needed to initiate positive changes in an organization.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
After successfully completing the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change program, you should have the tools needed to excel as an organization development specialist who can initiate, manage, and sustain workplace change efforts in a variety of areas, including:
- corporate development
- talent management
- workforce development
- performance improvement
- training and development
- government agencies
- nonprofit organizations
- independent consulting
Information for Military and Veterans
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Online Education at Penn State
Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than 15 years of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.