Program overview

The Talent and Organizational Development Organizational Leadership, M.A. concentration and certificate (previously Developing People and Organizations) prepares graduates to be strategic leaders and successful change agents who are able to work effectively with and through others. 

This program offers insight into human and organizational relationships, creates the capacity for sound analytical judgment and the ability to see the "big picture" as it relates to an organization and its environment. The program is available in both a hybrid and 100% online format.

Program requirements

Students can earn a master's degree or graduate certificate. Coursework aims to help students to understand broad organizational concepts, while building conceptual understanding and exploring connections to applied settings.

What you'll learn

Coursework focuses on applied action grounded in theory, and embraces principles applicable to administrative issues in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Enhance your knowledge and skills in the following areas of interest:

  • Employee recruitment
  • Leadership development
  • Group dynamics
  • Organizational change
  • Conflict management
  • Succession planning
  • Training and development
  • Adult learning theory


Christina Hamme Peterson

Professor and Chair of the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

cpeterson [at]


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