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PsyD in Organization Development

Prepare for a High-Demand Career

The doctoral PsyD program in Organization Development, offered in Fresno and San Francisco, combines coursework in psychology and organizational theory with specialized courses in organizational change and development. This program is part of Alliant's California School Professional Psychology (CSPP).

Th Organization Development doctoral program addresses the growing need for practitioners to master increasingly complex organizational and management skills. It encompass several disciplines and prepares post-master’s degree students for careers as:

  • Consultants
  • Leaders and managers
  • Organizational change agents
  • College-level professors 

Putting Theory to the Real-World Test

A distinguishing feature of CSPP’s Organization Development doctoral program is the integration of courses, seminars, the applied research project, and the application of learning in field work. 

International and Multicultural Training

Specific core courses in the curriculum focus on multicultural and international areas. Professional ethics, diversity, multicultural, and international issues are integrated into all courses. Additionally, students have the option to participate in an annual international trip to gain competencies for working in a global environment. 

Program Duration

Students enter the Organization Development PsyD program with a master’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences and complete the 66-unit part-time program in three years. Students take courses once a month in a weekend format. Most students begin the program in the spring, however, students who wish to enroll in the fall do so in consultation with the program director.

Convenient Class Schedule

The course schedule is designed for professional adult learners and is accessible to adults with multiple responsibilities. Courses are offered once a month in a weekend format on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday.

The intensive weekend format makes it possible for students to attend from locations outside California's San Francisco Bay area and the greater San Joaquin Valley. 

Program Format

  • Part-time attendance
  • Weekend, executive format
  • Online and blended courses 

Traveling to the Fresno Campus

Travel to your executive format weekend classes in Fresno is easier than you might expect. The Fresno campus is located very close to the Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (airport code: FAT), which is served by many major airlines. There are several hotels within walking distance of campus which offer special rates for students of Alliant and provide complimentary airport shuttles. For those opting to take the Amtrak train to Fresno, one of the nearby hotels also provides a complimentary shuttle upon request to/from the Fresno train station (Amtrak station code: FNO). 

Traveling to the San Francisco Campus

San Francisco is an appealing place to study organizations, change, leadership, and diversity. Traveling to San Francisco for these weekend classes is easy because the campus is located in the heart of the city. Depending on your needs, both the  San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) airports are accessible by public transport and are just a short distance from campus.

Lodging can be arranged in nearby local hotels and at many AirBnB locations in the city. Shared lodging with your classmates is another option. Our staff can connect students interested in this option.

Experienced Faculty and Distinguished Guests

Students access faculty local to their campus and at other campuses. Faculty bring a breadth of professional experience as coaches and consultants into the classroom. Read more about our faculty here.  

Distinguished guest faculty provide an opportunity for students to interact with practitioners and authors in the field. Some distinguished guests have included: Richard Axelrod, William Bernstein, David Campbell, David Caruso, Arthur Freedman, Barry Johnson, Judith Katz, Frederick Miller, Barbara Mink, Jerry Perlmutter, Edie Seashore, and Christopher Worley.


The Organization Development PsyD program passed a review and assessment by a Blue Ribbon Committee in 2001, and in 2003 received accreditation by the Organization Development Institute (currently the International Society for Organization Development). 

Membership in National OD Association 

CSPP at Alliant is a member school in the Organization Development Education Association, a sub-group of the National Organization Development Network (ODN). With this membership, students in the program become members of ODN and receive benefits provided by the association.

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