Organization Development and Change

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Applicants to the MPS-OD&C must submit the following materials:

  • Penn State Graduate School application form and nonrefundable application fee
  • World Campus program application
  • A statement of career and educational goals including documentation of a minimum of two years of related full-time work. The statement should be an essay (2-3 pages in length) that demonstrates the applicant’s written communication skills. A resume should be attached as a supplement.
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s readiness for graduate study and that he or she has the requisite minimum of two years of work experience
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • TOEFL score, if applicable

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. See GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Admissions decisions for the program are based on the quality of the applicant's credentials. The decisions are based on a review of the complete application portfolio. During the admission process, students who appear to be better suited for another graduate level program will be encouraged to apply to the appropriate program. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

The MPS in OD&C is conferred upon students who earn a minimum of 33 credits of course work while maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all course work, including at least 18 credits at the 500-level or above (with at least 6 credits at the 500-level), and who complete a quality culminating field-based project course in consultation with a graduate adviser. The program curriculum includes:

  • nine prescribed courses (27 credits), which provide a strategic body of knowledge in assessment, diagnosis, feedback, and marketing of organization development, process consultation, appreciative inquiry, and facilitation of groups and teams;
  • one elective course (3 credit hours) designed to allow students to develop additional expertise in related areas of professional interest and in consultation with their graduate advisers; and
  • one required field-based project course (3 credit hours), which provides a culminating experience for students to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, theoretical framework, and practical application of Organization Development and Change, building upon their knowledge acquired from the curriculum.
Required Courses 1
WFED 572Foundations in Organization Development and Change3
TRDEV 565Implementing Training and Development Programs3
WFED 582Assessing Data: Organizational Diagnosis3
WFED 578Process Consultation in Organization Development3
WFED 884Appreciative Inquiry3
WFED 585Appraising Organization Change and Development and Consulting3
WFED 881Marketing Organization Development3
WFED 880Facilitating Groups and Teams3
WFED 405Project Management for Professionals3
Select one elective course 23
Culminating Experience
WFED 595AField Based Project for Workforce Development Professionals 33
Total Credits33

Student Aid

World Campus students in graduate degree programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the World Campus website for more information.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Workforce Education and Development (WFED) Course List

Learning Outcomes

  1. KNOW. Graduates will be able to obtain a critical knowledge base in organization development, appreciate inquiry, and change.
  2. APPLY. Graduates will be able to use various resources for developing, implementing, evaluating, and marketing organization development programs.
  3. COMMUNICATE. Graduates will be able to observe group dynamics, facilitate change efforts, and communicate professional organization development knowledge in written and oral presentation formats in a manner appropriate to the audience.
  4. CRITICAL THINKING. Graduates will be able to become an effective organization development practitioner through critical thinking and hands-on experience.
  5. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Graduates will be able to address ethical issues in practicing organization development activities, including engagement
in professional service to the profession.
  6. TEAMWORK. Graduates will be able to observe group dynamics and strategically lead and facilitate both small group and large group change initiatives.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Susan Mary Land
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Heather A Zimmerman
Program Contact

Whitney A DeShong
303 Keller Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-0473

Program Website View