Master of Science in Organizational Development


Course Descriptions

COMS 545 – Intercultural Communication (3 hours)
Stresses understanding of contrasting cultures and ways of communicating with individuals and groups from around the world as well as subcultures within the United States.

COMS 586 – Training and Development (3 hours)
Designed to prepare students to implement human resource training in organizations by providing knowledge, theories, skills and experience in developing, presenting and evaluating training programs.

COMS 640 – Leading Organizational Change (3 hours)
This course introduces students to the concept of the learning organization, equipping them with skills to create educational strategies for organizational change and preparing them to reflect ethically on the implications of organizational change.

COMS 675 – Persuasion and Social Change (3 hours)
Learn the processes, theories and strategies by which group, organizational and cultural persuasion occurs by emphasizing diffusion of innovation strategies.

COMS 697 – Capstone (3 hours)
The Capstone is the culminating academic event for all Master of Science in Organizational Development students. To meet the program’s comprehensive requirements, students participate in the Capstone during the last semester of their degree. The Capstone is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their scholarship developed throughout their academic program and mastery of the program learning outcomes through an exhibition. The Capstone is assessed on a Pass, Pass with Revisions or Fail basis.

MGMT 532 – Human Resources Management (3 hours)
Development, organization and functions of human resource management.

MGMT 636 – Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
Identifies individual, group and organizational variables that inhibit or facilitate effective organizational functioning.

CONR 601 – Conflict Theory and Communication (3 hours)
Designed to prepare professionals for the field of conflict resolution. Provides advanced opportunities to analyze case studies, critique basic assumptions of conflict theories and role‐play appropriate behavior in conflict scenarios.

CONR 605 – Principles and Practice of Negotiation and Mediation (6 hours)
Comprehensive study of the conceptual and interpersonal skills required to engage in effective negotiation and serve as a mediator. Emphasis is placed on development of interest‐based negotiation and mediation skills with strategies assisting parties in the creation of opportunities for agreement.

CONR 610 – Managing Conflict in the Workplace (3 hours)
Provides students with opportunities to develop skills to identify the signs and root causes of friction, anger, violence and conflict in the work environment.

CONR 612 – Conflict Management Systems Design (3 hours)
Provides a framework for understanding organizational conflict prevention and resolution systems. Analysis of case studies and practical applications are featured throughout the course.


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