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Organizational Dynamics

Widen your field of vision

The Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) is designed to develop your intellectual perspective on today’s complex work environment, allowing you to explore the practical applications you need to thrive and affect positive change within your professional environment. The degree combines research-based knowledge and practical contexts to examine the subtleties of human behavior within existing systems, address multi-dimensional challenges and transform organizational culture.

Reflecting its location in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics is focused on topics and experiences informed by a broad disciplinary perspective. The content facilitates your understanding of the concepts and principles behind the theory, providing multidisciplinary approaches to designing and evaluating organizational systems.

Where theory and practice combine

Organizational Dynamics students come from every sector of the global workplace, from small start-ups to large multi-national corporations and from both the public and private sectors. Working with this diverse group of professionals, you will consider your current workplace challenges and apply your lessons the next day.

As an Organizational Dynamics student, you will join an engaged community of practitioners, including distinguished faculty and research scholars who influence professional practice outside the University and bring their experiences from the worlds of policy, coaching, business and consulting into the classroom. Most of our courses take place in a small seminar format, allowing you to connect with your professors and peers in an intimate classroom culture of integration, trust and reflection.

There are numerous opportunities to interact with members of the Organizational Dynamics community outside the classroom as well. Throughout the year you will be invited to participate in social and professional networking events, attend lectures and discussions, and serve in leadership roles. Many of our alumni remain actively engaged in the community and return to campus to participate in our events.

Taking your career to the next level

Organizational Dynamics content draws upon foundations of social sciences disciplines, such as political science and sociology, and focuses on the human side of enterprise. The content integrates and complements lessons you received on the job and in any previous business school course work, and builds upon this base to provide multidisciplinary perspectives to evaluate and approach organizational systems.  

With the support of your dedicated academic advisor, you will choose 12 courses that deepen and broaden your engagement with the ideas, questions and practices that matter most to you. You may select courses from several concentration areas to explore the theory, application and critical perspective in a sub-discipline. The program culminates in a large-scale capstone project that is tailored to your professional and intellectual goals.

Our low-residency format allows you to earn your degree part-time in the evening and on weekends so you can continue your ongoing professional contributions and career development.

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The Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics values the personal connection and synergy that is created when students, scholars and program staff connect. We are available to answer any questions you may have as you explore our program.

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