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Organizational Dynamics

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Organizational Dynamics

A graduate program with a people-centered approach to organizational innovation

The Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) provides the education you need to understand, evaluate, and create positive change in today’s complex work environments. Housed in the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), the MSOD degree combines research-based knowledge rooted in the arts and sciences with approaches from organizational psychology, leadership training, and sustainable development for a multidimensional and nuanced perspective on organizational culture. Learn strategies to promote agility, resilience, and adaptive space in your workplace to meet today’s rapidly evolving professional environment. Never losing sight of the importance of human behavior within corporate structures, the program is designed to be customizable and tailored to the specific challenges that drive your professional trajectory. 

Organization Dynamics seminars are limited to a small number of student peers, allowing you to connect with expert faculty members and practitioners in an inclusive, reflective classroom culture. With courses scheduled on evenings and weekends, you can pursue your degree part time without interrupting your career. Throughout the year you are invited to participate in social and professional networking events, attend lectures and discussions, and serve in leadership roles within the program—connecting you to the wider Penn community.

Learning Aloud Podcast

Listen to Learning Aloud, a podcast from the Organizational Dynamics community at the University of Pennsylvania hosted by Steve Hart and Zach Davis.

Unlock your leadership potential today

Learn how Penn can help change your workplace and shape your organizational management skills through our Organizational Dynamics program. Advisors, faculty, and alumni share their insight on the impact of Organizational Dynamics and how the Penn experience extends beyond the classroom.

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Courses and curriculum

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics core courses cover the foundations of organizational structure and development, evidence-based methods to evaluate and solve complex organizational problems, and practical strategies to apply systems thinking and design thinking in the real world. Students may develop an individualized curriculum in collaboration with their advisors, or focus their studies with a concentration in global organization, change management and leadership, organizational coaching, organizational consulting and executive coaching, or sustainable development. Students who complete six courses within those concentrations earn a graduate certificate when they complete the master’s degree.

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Professional outcomes

Each alumni story is as unique as the individualized program of study they created within the Organizational Dynamics program. Our students come from every part of the global workplace, from small start-ups to large multinational corporations, and from both the public and private sectors. Our graduates have managed emergence and created positive disruption in a wide variety of industries, including finance, medicine, hospitality, business coaching, and more. Many have used the culminating capstone project to develop a plan for strategic development, change management, or innovation management and apply it directly to the workplace. Others have used their master’s education as the foundation for a career change or for further graduate studies.

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Take your organizational education to the next level

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Organizational Dynamics is an advanced graduate degree designed for individuals who want to demonstrate applied scholarship beyond a master’s degree. The Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics can serve as an important step in future PhD study preparation or simply an opportunity to extend scholarly engagement with additional courses and a focused thesis project.

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Upcoming Information Session

Upcoming information sessions

Join us for one of our 2020 information sessions from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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Student & Alumni Stories

Student & alumni stories

"I was impressed by the high levels of science and rigor and how it provided me with the opportunity to become what I’ve always wanted to be."
-- Cecil Johnson

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Fall application deadline: August 15

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