Frequently Asked Questions

Why earn an MS in Organization Development and Leadership?  

Practical Application: Focus of each program is learning the skills and knowledge that have direct application to your work-related projects. Courses stimulate your thinking about the concerns you face on the job. Courses are designed to provide you with the skills that help you feel more confident in addressing issues you face. Programs help position individuals to become leaders in their field. 

Skill Oriented: Each program offers specialized courses and tailored learning approaches. Programs assist you in discovering the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to help you guide change in organizations, facilitate adult learning and develop leadership competencies. Some of the skills and knowledge areas include:

  • Leadership competencies
  • Action learning methodology
  • Consulting methods
  • Intervention skills
  • Adult education theory and application
  • Facilitation skills
  • Group process techniques
  • Learning design & evaluation
  • Action research
  • Assessment methods

Business Focus: Courses encourage immediate application of new skills and knowledge by making a connection between theories and models to business applications. The learning experiences will challenge you as never before. They provide an opportunity for you to reflect on, analyze and integrate models, tools, concepts, and techniques that help you stay out in front of the issues you’ll face around individual learning and organizational change issues.

Committed Faculty: A committed faculty helps you fit part-time education into full-time careers. The faculty includes Saint Joseph’s staff, practitioners, consultants, and executives with practical experience and expertise. Seventy percent of faculty have doctoral degrees in their area of instruction. The faculty is committed to creating a supportive, interactive learning environment that includes discussion groups, problem analysis, self-assessment surveys, case studies, presentations and demonstrations.

National, International and Regional Reputation: Saint Joseph’s University is a nationally recognized Jesuit university that celebrates 150 years of academic excellence. Saint Joseph’s was rated 10th in the category Northern Universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 "America’s Best Colleges" edition. The Graduate Program in Organization Development and Leadership was established in 1987. Graduates apply their skills and knowledge in over 120 organizations. The Program also provides an international –oriented Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Leadership in Shanghai, China.

Program Choices & Sequential / Flexible Scheduling: There are four programs you can choose from depending upon your career needs and learning goals. Each program is unique in content and delivery mode and is focused on providing an opportunity to learn, explore and share practical information, ideas and strategies. Programs are flexible to accommodate working adults by scheduling courses on Saturdays and early weekday evenings. The program’s structural framework centers on core courses and a sequential curriculum. You schedule courses at your preferred pace. The framework provides a clear path from day one to graduation.

Career Advancement: The programs are designed to help those either in the field or entering the field of organization development and leadership advance their careers. The programs broaden your credentials and increase your skill and confidence so you increase your professional value to organizations. A recent study of graduates found that over 85% are promoted or change jobs within one year after completing the graduate program. You are investing in your most valuable asset – you – when you choose to attend the Graduate Programs in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University.

How long will it take to complete the program?

All courses will be scheduled after 6:00 p.m. to accommodate part-time students who are employed during the day. There are courses offered on the weekend and a few online. Most courses will be offered in the fall, spring and summer. Thus, students can accomplish their continuing education goals according to their own time schedule, whether accelerating or taking a more deliberate approach toward attaining a degree. The flexibility of this program accommodates everyone.

Is financial assistance available?

Students applying for financial aid administered by Saint Joseph’s University must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to be eligible for federal financial assistance, the applicant must be enrolled on a half-time basis (at least 6 credits per semester) and be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status. Stafford Loans are available through the University's Financial Assistance Office. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance Web site at for current information pertaining to applying for aid.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Application for graduate assistantships should be made to the Director of the MODL program. Applicants should be aware that assistantships are limited and highly competitive.