Doctorate in Organization Development Program Overview
As modern business becomes increasingly complex, organizations are pressed to find effective ways to increase performance, and those that do it well gain a significant competitive advantage. This is where those whose skills in organization development can make a difference, whether the focus is on developing individual competencies, increasing team effectiveness, realigning culture, or improving structures, systems, and practices to enhance enterprise-wide performance.
As a doctoral student of this program, you will develop the ability to help people initiate and manage the organization change process. Most ODs have business experience along with their PsyD in Organization Development, making this the perfect career shift for the mid-career professional. The job opportunities presented with this degree run the gamut from consultancy, teaching in higher education, upper levels of HR, entrepreneurship, running a nonprofit, to other positions focused on inclusion, equity, social responsibility, and diversity.
The program is taught in an executive format where you’ll collaborate closely with others in a cohort, networking, finding jobs, and surmounting hurdles together.
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The program is designed for the working professional, and taught in an executive format with once-a-month, weekend classes and a flexible schedule.
The program follows an adult learning model, with more time spent on experiential learning, dialog, collaborating, and sharing life experiences.
The program incorporates diversity, inclusion, social equity, social responsibility, diversity, and sustainability, including students from other cultures and countries as a fundamental part of the experience.
Doctoral Degree Information
Professional Training & Experience
You’ll develop professional practice related skills in organization development through a variety of professional training experiences including class projects and coursework, case studies, in-class simulations, and field placement, often within your current organization. You’ll have regular exposure to faculty who are working in the field and who share their experience. Students often say what they learn in their coursework can be applied in the workplace immediately. The organization development doctoral program provides tools to help you be a better change initiator, leader and manager, and become a competent organization consultant with:
- Exposure to various competencies necessary for effective client-service delivery
- Familiarity with organizational environments that are experiencing change efforts
- Establishment of a basic foundation in organization development/consulting skills
Field Work Projects
Examples of field work interventions have included:
- Needs assessment and action planning
- Redesigning human resources processes
- Establishing strategy
- Team building
- Conflict management
- Executive coaching
- Training and development
- Organizational culture change
- Merger transition planning
Students have completed field work projects in a variety of organizations such as:
- AT&T California Central Coast Construction and Engineering
- California Department of Corrections
- California Health Collaborative
- California State University, Bakersfield
- Central California Blood Bank
- Central California SPCA
- Central Valley Health Policy Institute
- Chapman University
- Delano Unified School District
- Fresno County Department of Personnel Services
- Fresno Pacific University
- Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development
- Hinds Hospice
- Kaiser Permanente
- Lemoore Naval Station
- Mattel, Inc.
- Police Activity League Life Skills Teaching Program
- Producers Dairy Foods, Inc.
- Sacramento County Airport
- Sacramento Mutual Housing Association
- Tulare County Human Resources Department
- Walt Disney Company
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of this doctoral degree program?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an Organization Development Doctorate, tends to lead into the field of organizational psychology (sometimes referred to as Industrial-Organizational psychology, or I-O psychology). This field as a whole is expecting extraordinary job growth from now until 2022—over 50%! In fact, it’s projected growth rate of 53% makes it the fastest-growing field across all disciplines in the entire nation because of the newfound emphasis in companies to improve the efficiency of their organizations and the ability for organizational psychologists to show causality between their contribution and improved performance of their business.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates who have earned their Doctorate in Organization Development often work in corporate settings, holding positions such as project leader for change initiatives, human resources partner or manager, or in consulting positions—holding positions such as internal or external organizational consultants, coaching and mentoring, diversity and management analysis, organizational management, organization wellness directors, entrepreneurs, human resource managers, instructional design, higher level healthcare, and more. Whatever gifts you have in your preceding work can be enhanced and amplified through this doctoral degree program.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
What does this program’s dissertation process consist of?
Once you choose a faculty chairperson and committee member, a proposal is submitted and approved, followed by individual and/or small-group supervision from the committee. Your research courses are designed to assist you, and it is expected that you will complete the doctoral dissertation within three years. Students who have completed all their courses and registered for all six dissertation units, but have not completed their dissertation, may register for dissertation extension units, which will extend the program beyond the three scheduled years. We also offer an alternate path to graduation through a scholarly, applied project that could benefit an organization, such as creating training programs or designing an organizational project like a handbook.
When does the PsyD in Organization Development degree program start?
The organization development doctoral program is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during fall and spring terms of those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to earn a Doctorate in Organization Development?
The PsyD in Organization Development degree is a 66-credit, year-round program and takes a minimum of three years to complete.
Degree Campus Locations in California
These are the Alliant campuses throughout California, where this Doctorate in Organizational Development degree program is waiting for you to make your impact. This program is designed with the professional and leadership role in mind. Click the images to learn more about each university campus and what specific Californian wonders there are to explore.
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