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OD Education Association (ODEA)

ODEA Members

The Organization Development PsyD and Organizational Behavior MA programs at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) prepare dedicated students who are ready to make an impact on the world. Through broad-based curricula and applied fieldwork, we foster learning that moves you forward—in your profession and in your life. In either program, you will gain real-world knowledge and skills to manage change in complex organizations and to design interventions at the system, group and individual levels. These programs are offered in a flexible, hybrid format on our campuses in Fresno, CA and San Francisco, CA. The online and weekend executive format courses are designed to accommodate working professionals from diverse locations outside of California's San Francisco Bay area and the greater San Joaquin Valley. The flexible schedule also includes full- or part-time enrollment options.

The American University MSOD classroom is a dynamic, challenging space where students learn from scholar-practitioner instructors, each other, and through reflection on their cohort's experiences and their own use of self.

The MSOD program is built on a rigorous academic curriculum enriched by experiential learning. In recent years, the MSOD curriculum has been expanded to include international fieldwork experience for each cohort, along with active and engaging online learning outside of the classroom for each course.

The Ph.D. program in Organization Development (O.D.) at Benedictine University is dedicated to better understanding the work of the O.D. professional within the context of global trends and emerging problems. It prepares management professionals with state-of-the-art education in the field.

The coursework is designed for organization development professionals who perceive the management of change and the creation of high-performance organizations as central parts of their careers.

It is designed as a full-time program (eight credits per quarter), integrated with and complementary to full-time work activities. Classes generally are held on weekends.

Bowling Green State University has long been at the forefront of education in the field of Organization Development and we continue to develop strong OD professionals through our Executive Master of Organization Development (EMOD) program.

The EMOD program assists students in developing the organization development and change leadership skills necessary for success in today's ever-changing landscape.

The EMOD program starts each January and you can graduate in just eighteen months. Students take two courses each term. The program design is a convenient blended format which combines online and face-to-face course delivery.

The Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) at Case Western Reserve University is an ongoing, adaptive response to continuing changes in the world that emphasize an increasingly strategic focus on relational and human factors, and striking a balance between economic well-being, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability.

The curriculum attempts to remain on the cutting edge of change management, leadership development, organizational transformation, and societal benefit. OD curriculum drams from strength based approaches such as appreciative inquiry, experiential learning and action research methods wrapped in an intensive, applied, and highly interactive residency-based, cohort design.

MPOD is a residency program, which requires students to attend a seven-day residency each semester for five consecutive semesters, as well as a ten-day International Study Tour. Between residencies, our students return to their homes and jobs, completing assignments through Internet-based learning methods.

To obtain more information and application criteria, or apply to our program, visit the website.

Pepperdine University's Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program has earned an international reputation as the premier graduate program in the field and as an innovator of experiential learning.

Designed for the experienced professional, the MSOD program prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change. You will tap deep into your own self-awareness as a means to effect positive and meaningful change in the organization.

The Pennsylvania State University's Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change (MPS-OD&C) is a 100% online, 33-credit master's degree aimed toward professionals in fields such as talent management, corporate development and performance improvement in government, nonprofit organizations, business and industry.

The vision of the MPS-OD&C is to be the best program for all learners, globally, who are interested in becoming scholar-practitioners in organizational change and to set ourselves apart from all other graduate programs by focusing on international issues in change and state-of-the-art, technology-oriented approaches to facilitating organizational change from a humanistic perspective.

Grounded in the New School’s progressive vision and a historic commitment to social justice, our M.S. in Organizational Change program prepares students to have a positive impact on the world by helping the complex organizations we inhabit become more humane, inclusive, just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous.

You will go through a rigorous core organizational development curriculum that provides a foundation in organization theory and change, and equips you with the skills and tools needed to hit the ground running through experiential projects. You will be able to take courses from world-renowned faculty in design, liberal arts, social justice, data analytics and visualization, and social sciences from across the university, as well as engage international field projects. You can craft specializations based on your interests in topics and shape your own journey in a complex and rapidly changing world. The flexible schedule allows both part time and full time enrollment.

The school also offers post-graduate certificates in Organizational Development and Leadership and Change.

The OD doctoral program reflects the tradition of University of St. Thomas in its commitment to the intellectual and values-based education of its learners.

This is accomplished through the development of reflective, ethical leaders in the field of OD. Faculty all subscribe to the values of OD as articulated by the OD Network.

The M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) program develops working professionals to assume leadership roles in the transformation of organizations through its emphasis on academic rigor and ethical practice rooted in Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

University of San Francisco students learn relevant theory, gain interdisciplinary knowledge and develop practical skills in organization assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation, enhanced organizational effectiveness and resiliency and the USF MSOD program focuses on team and organization change interventions necessary to create productive, compassionate organizations.

How to Become an ODEA Member

The purpose of the OD Education Association (ODEA) is to establish, advance and promote the body of knowledge required in OD education, via:

  • Sharing and exchange of knowledge among member programs and beyond
  • Periodic review and updates to the core body of knowledge by member programs
  • Certify OD academic programs of member programs which desire it
  • Provide a forum for collaboration and research among member programs and beyond; and
  • Influence the standards and process used for certifying/assessing OD practitioners

ODEA is sponsored by the OD Network and administered by the OD Network office.

OD Essential Elements

The member schools of ODEA have developed the Essential Elements that should be incorporated in all OD curricula.


Universities become members of ODEA by paying the annual membership fee and subscribing to the OD Network mission and values.

Member schools are entitled to:

  • One vote per school on all matters affecting:
    • the purpose, strategy, and direction of ODEA
    • the governance and leadership of ODEA
    • the Essential Elements (criteria) for OD programs
    • the structure and components of the review process, etc.
  • Membership in the OD Network for all students in the school’s OD program
  • Membership in the OD Network for up to five (5) faculty members in the school’s OD program
  • Listing on the ODEA web page on the OD Network’s website
  • Annual conference benefits
    • $500 discount on annual conference registration
    • 1/2 page listing in the on-site program of all ODEA participating universities
    • One (1) PowerPoint slide for rotation in the plenary and before and after each keynote speaker
    • One (1) ODEA sign at the conference with participating universities
  • Exclusive access to the complete archive of OD Review (formerly OD Practitioner) articles, from 1968 to the present

ODEA is governed as a committee of the whole until such time as smaller, representative board is desired. The decision to change the governance model will be taken by majority vote of the membership in consultation with the board of the OD Network. ODEA is chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees of the OD Network.

Membership Rates

Rates for member schools will be set by the Board of Trustees of the OD Network, in consultation with the schools that are members of ODEA, on a sliding scale based on the number of student memberships.

The membership year is July 1 through June 30. The fee structure is:

Number of Student Members

Number of Faculty Members

Annual Membership Fee for OD Network Sponsors

1-25 1-5 $3,000
26-40 1-5 $3,500
41-60 1-5 $4,000
61-80 1-5 $4,500
80+ 1-5 $5,000

ODEA Meetings

Meetings of ODEA will occur as needed.

In a typical year, that includes a two-day meeting held at one of the member schools, plus an additional half day meeting held during the Academy of Management annual conference and the OD Network annual conference.

Meetings will be open to faculty, program directors, and administrators of OD programs from schools that are both members and non-members in ODEA. Individual students may attend meetings at the invitation of an ODEA member school.

Call membership services at 651.379.7292 if you would like to become an ODEA member, or email if you have any questions.

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