Master of Science in Organizational Development

Integrate your skills.
Transform your future.

The business world is seeking a new kind of professional: one who can manage people as well as budgets; one who understands company culture as well as cost efficiency. To compete, today’s organizations — and those who lead them — must take an interdisciplinary approach.

Our Master’s in Organizational Development combines personality and productivity, business literacy and emotional intelligence, management skills and personal leadership style. These are the tools you can use to help businesses maximize their potential while maximizing yours.

Our Master’s in Organizational
Development at a glance:

  • 100% onlineComplete coursework at any time, from anywhere
  • Faith‐BasedChristian values are at the heart of our program
  • AcceleratedGraduate in as few as 18 months
  • No GRE/GMATYour story is more than test scores
  • RigorousOur curriculum tests your brain and your character
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Master’s in Organizational Development Overview

Our organizational development degree is a 36‐credit program and can put you on the path to leadership in a human resources context. Our program’s primary objective is to provide you with a Christ-centered master’s degree that synthesizes knowledge from diverse fields.

It’s a focused and flexible plan of study you can use to create healthy human systems across organizational settings big and small, public and private. And, you can complete the degree 100% online in as few as 18 months.

Why earn an online Master’s in
Organizational Development?

  • Expand your knowledge base by merging communication, psychology and business management
  • Deepen your understanding of human behavior and ethics in multiple settings and cultures
  • Explore how to assess organizational training and consulting needs, and implement protocols
  • Elevate your business acumen without the math components of an MBA
  • Develop your personal leadership style and apply it directly in the workplace
Limestone steps surround Faubus Fountain Lake on the main campus of Abilene Christian University.

Top 5 skills you can develop:

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Business Management

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Add a Graduate Certificate in
Conflict Resolution

Boost your professional value by adding a 15‐credit graduate certificate to your resume. In addition to providing you with essential dispute resolution training, you’ll also get to spend five days on campus at ACU’s Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution in Abilene, Texas and interact with ACU faculty and your fellow students.

What our faculty and students are saying

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I am a better person both professionally and personally. The mediation skills, communication skills and HR knowledge improved my relationships in every aspect of my life.
— Pamela Ellison (‘13), M.S. in Organizational Development

One of my weaknesses was dealing with difficult people, and we had several classes on that. It really taught me how to be a leader with individuals from a different culture, individuals with a different background than mine.
— Rachel Ross (‘10), M.S. in Organizational Development


of graduates surveyed stated the program helped them advance in their field.*


of graduates surveyed agreed the program contributed to an increase in their salary.*

*2014 student outcomes survey

Why Choose ACU?

Christian Values

Earning your Master’s in Organizational Development online from a Christian graduate program means the values that are important to you will be shared by your faculty and peers.

Network of Support

From enrollment through graduation, you’ll receive the guidance you need to ensure you utilize all of the resources available to you and help you complete your degree on time.


ACU was named an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of its culture of innovation, leadership in the area of mobility, and overall educational excellence. Our commitment to mobile technology means you’ll have a strong connection to faculty, fellow students and the coursework.

SHRM approved

In 2013, the Master’s in Organizational Development was recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management for its full alignment both in content and curriculum with SHRM’s guidebook and templates. Earn your degree knowing your education will meet the industry’s highest standards.


ACU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Learn more.

What can you do with an Organizational
Development degree?

The interpersonal, communication and business knowledge you can gain in the program can translate to a number of areas in and around the business world. Here are just a few of the careers graduates may pursue:

Chief Human Resources Officer

Job description: As a chief human resources officer (CHRO), you supervise all HR administration for an organization and work with senior staff to ensure the workforce can meet the business’ needs and goals.

Median annual wage: According to, the median salary for CHROs is $149,570.

Chief Operations Officer

Job description: As a chief operations officer (COO) you would plan and oversee company operations and projects. You’d also be responsible for creating operations strategies to increase profitability and brand loyalty for your organization.

Median annual wage: According to, the median salary for COOs is $135,653.

Human Resources Manager

Job description: As an HR manager, you would plan, direct and coordinate an organization’s administrative functions. HR managers also oversee recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff, consult with top executives and serve as a link between management and employees.

Median annual wage: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median annual wage for HR managers was $104,440.

Training and Development Manager

Job description: As a training and development manager, you plan, direct and coordinate programs to enhance an organization’s employees’ knowledge and skills.

Median annual wage: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median annual wage for training and development managers was $102,640.

Medical and Health Services Manager

Job description: As a health care executive, you may manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific area or department. Health managers plan, direct and coordinate medical services and adapt to changes in health care laws.

Median annual wage: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the median annual wage for health care executives was $94,500.

Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Human Resources Manager
Training and Development Manager
Medical and Health Services Manager
*Chart: Median annual wage according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012, and


Our online Master’s in Organizational Development is a 36-credit program composed of 10 courses and a capstone course, and it can be completed in as few as 18 months. There are six start dates per year; 2 for each semester (fall, spring, summer). View Courses

Master of Science in Organizational Development

Communication (15 hours):

Management Sciences (6 hours):

Conflict Resolution (15 hours)

(Allows option to gain Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution)
  • CONR 601

    Conflict Theory and Communication

  • CONR 605

    Negotiation and Mediation

  • CONR 610

    Managing Conflict in the Workplace

  • CONR 612

    Conflict Management Systems Design

  • *OPTIONAL — Conflict Resolution Residency Session

Optional — Conflict Resolution Residency Session

(Only for students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution):

The residency requirement, which is required to complete the Conflict Resolution certificate program, is a five-day professional development program which takes place at the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution on ACU’s campus in Abilene, Texas. The residency is a great opportunity to connect with faculty and engage with peers.

Residency highlights:

  • Engage in active role-playing, integrative bargaining and mediation with your peers
  • Deepen your understanding of important topics such as dealing with workplace conflict, helping people under stress and working with lawyers
  • Discuss various career opportunities within conflict resolution roles

Faculty Spotlight

Strong academic programs are built by a strong faculty. At ACU, our faculty members aren’t just educators, they’re researchers, published authors, consultants and active professionals.

Dr. Jonathan Camp, associate professor of communication and the director of the organizational development program at ACU.

Jonathan Camp, Ph.D.

Dr. Camp is an associate professor of communication and the director of the organizational development program. He came to ACU to explore new intersections of Christianity and culture and continue his research to advance justice and alleviate human suffering. He is also working on research involving the Locavore movement — individuals who are committed to eating locally produced food as an alternative to the industrial food system. He lives in Abilene with his wife Brenna, and his two sons, Will and Ben.

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