1 Abilene Christian University Master of Science in Organizational Development Online Program Hunter Welcome Center at ACU
2 Looking at the Big Picture I had put off grad school for years, not knowing exactly what the right field was and where the right school was. After a sleepless night of Internet searching, I came upon the distance learning option at Abilene Christian University. The feeling that this was the right choice was instant I knew Abilene had a solid reputation, and I knew that the Master of Science in Organizational Development would not only help me in my current job, but would also be a good base for furthering my education with a doctoral degree. My decision to take the leap into distance learning at Abilene has changed my life, given me more focus, and made me feel a renewed sense of purpose. Bethany Huxford Davis ( 10) Master of Science in Organizational Development Certificate in Conflict Resolution
3 Welcome to the Master of Science in Organizational Development online program at Abilene Christian University. This strategically sequenced, 36-hour degree program focuses on enhancing the practice of organizational leadership and human resource management. It does so by incorporating courses in the following disciplines: Communication, Psychology, Management Sciences and Conflict Resolution making it one of the most integrated graduate programs in the United States. As a learning institution with a rich religious heritage and long-standing commitment to academic excellence, this interdisciplinary degree program speaks to the very core of ACU s mission to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. It is designed to provide you with the expertise and confidence you need to effectively manage teams, initiate change and become a leader within your respective organization. The program s critical thinking and strategic planning courses offer valuable tools to help you sharpen your ability to make effective decisions, assess and address organizational needs, and master the art of conflict resolution. It is also important to note that ACU is ranked within the top 20 schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report and is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.* Education is about so much more than simply filling our heads with facts, figures, and information. It s about growing as a person. It s about building lasting relationships, challenging ourselves, and pushing ourselves past our perceived limitations. At ACU, we teach students to explore new concepts and apply new practices in both their personal and professional life. It s an amazing journey, and we can t wait to embark on this path of excellence with you. Sincerely, M E S S A G E F R O M T H E D I R E C T O R Jonathan W. Camp, Ph.D. Director, Master of Science in Organizational Development *See page 18 of this brochure for additional information on ACU s rankings and accreditation.
4 P R O G R A M O V E R V I E W ACU s online Master of Science in Organizational Development is a dynamic and highly adaptable degree program designed to enhance the practice of organizational leadership and human resource management. It does so by incorporating relevant fields of study, such as communication, conflict resolution, psychology, and business and management sciences. This 36-hour program is ideal for working professionals in a broad range of industries and at various levels of management who want to position themselves as leaders, facilitate positive change, and achieve extraordinary results within their respective organizations. Designed to be completed in as few as two years, the program is thoughtfully constructed to provide an advanced degree curriculum covering a wide variety of compelling course topics, such as organizational behavior, change management, human resource management, training and development, social change and persuasion, effective negotiation, and mediation and conflict management. As an added benefit, this interdisciplinary program also offers you the option to earn a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Distinguishing Program Outcomes Include: Leadership Discern and develop your own and others individual and team leadership strengths through the integration of study and personal reflection. Prepare to emerge as a leader for the 21st century. Conflict Resolution Learn how to articulate and apply the knowledge, techniques, and skills of conflict resolution, one of the most important and valuable skills a leader can develop. Ethics Conduct rigorous evaluation, including selfevaluation, of professional and ethical behaviors in the workplace. Learn to sort through ethical dilemmas and think carefully about the system of ethics in organizations as well as in your own life. Diversity Learn to think critically about diversity to articulate its importance as well as gain understanding of how to successfully manage, embrace, and welcome it in the workplace. Training Explore how to assess organizational training and consulting needs and utilize applied theories and skills to implement relevant training and consulting protocols.
5 The M.S. in Organizational Development program CONR Conflict Theory and MGMT Human Resources Management is a 36-hour program comprised of 10 courses and Communication Development, organization and functions of human a capstone. You may add a non-credit one-week Designed to prepare professionals for the resource management. (3 credits) residency to earn ACU s Graduate Certificate in field of conflict resolution. Provides advanced Conflict Resolution. The following courses are required for completion of this master s program: CONR Principles and Practice of Negotiation and Mediation Comprehensive study of the conceptual and interpersonal skills required to engage in effective negotiation and to 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. (6 credits) CONR Managing Conflict in the Workplace opportunities to analyze case studies, critique basic assumptions of conflict theories and role-play appropriate behavior in conflict scenarios. (3 credits) CONR Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems Design Provides a framework for understanding organizational conflict prevention and resolution systems. Analysis of case studies and practical applications are featured throughout the course. (3 credits) MGMT Organizational Behavior Identifies individual, group and organizational variables that inhibit or facilitate effective organizational functioning. (3 credits) COMS Training and Development 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. (3 credits) COMS Leading Organizational Change 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. (3 credits) C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N S Provides students with opportunities to develop skills to identify the signs and root causes of COMS Intercultural Communication friction, anger, violence and conflict in the Stresses understanding of contrasting cultures work environment. (3 credits) and ways of communicating with individuals and groups from around the world as well as subcultures within the United States. (3 credits)
6 COMS Persuasion and Social Change COMS Capstone Processes, theories and strategies by which group, The Capstone is the culminating academic event for organizational and cultural persuasion occurs by all Master of Science in Organizational Development emphasizing diffusion of innovation strategies. students. To meet the comprehensive requirements of the C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N S (3 credits) program, 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. (3 credits) Graduate education has prepared me to be a leader. 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, even individuals who were not Christians. Rachel Ross ( 10) Master of Science in Organizational Development
7 Professional Development Residency While there is no residency requirement in conjunction with the M.S. in Organizational Development program, students may choose to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution to complement their M.S. degree. The residency, which is required to successfully complete the Conflict Resolution certificate program, is a four-day professional development series on ACU s campus. In addition, six credit-hours of the program are dedicated to a practicum experience offering the opportunity for enhanced skills development. The residency session is offered once a year during the summer. While some lunches are included in the cost of the program, students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, other meals and any additional costs. R E S I D E N C Y
8 The strength of the faculty at ACU creates a program unlike any other. Faculty participates in research, are published, act as consultants to colleges and universities and actively participate in professional organizations. They bring vast experience to their classrooms and have a passion for teaching and learning. Jonathan Camp, Ph.D. Joe L. Cope A C U F A C U L T Y Associate Professor, Department of Communication; Director of the Organizational Development Program B.A., Harding University, 1995; M.Div., Harding Graduate School of Religion, 1999; D.Min., Abilene Christian University, 2007; Ph.D., The University of Memphis, Garry Bailey, Ph.D. Associate Professor; Academic Director, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1985; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Executive Director, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution; Associate Professor B.A., Texas Tech University, 1977; J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1986; Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. Matthew Dodd, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1998; M.A. in Communication, Abilene Christian University, 2001; MMFT in Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University, 2001; Ph.D. in Family Studies, Texas Woman s University, Joseph Cardot III, Ed.D. Professor, Department of Communication B.A., Harding University, 1976; M.A., Western Kentucky University, 1980; Ed.D., Texas Tech University, Paul Lakey, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Communication; Director, Division of Human Communication B.A., Oklahoma Christian University, 1970; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1980; M.A., ACU, 1985; Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma, 1988.
9 Mark Phillips, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Management Sciences B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1988; M.S., Purdue University, 1989; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Cynthia Roper, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Communication B.S., Oklahoma Christian University, 1975; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1986; Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma, Phil Vardiman, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Management Sciences B.S. Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1976; M.B.A., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, 1992; Ph.D. (Ed. Human Resource Development), Texas A&M University, J.D. Wallace, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Communication B.A., David Lipscomb University, 1987; M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1989; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, A C U F A C U L T Y
10 Enhance the skills you need to succeed L E A R N I N G O U T C O M E S The Master of Science in Organizational Development program can help you to advance in your professional and personal career. According to a recent student survey, students have reported both personal and professional success by earning their Master of Science in Organizational Development degree from ACU. Results of the survey are listed below. The program prepares you for a variety of roles Join other ACU professionals. Current students hold positions as: Director of Human Resources Human Resource Managers Staffing Administrators Trainers Business officers What Organizational Development students are saying: 100% of students surveyed have applied the skills they learned in both their personal and professional life 100% of students surveyed said they would recommend ACU to a friend or colleague 80% of students surveyed agree the faculty members were supportive throughout their studies
11 Graduates of the Organizational Development program enjoy careers in a number of areas: Corporate Executive Officer Director Human Resource Officer/Manager Criminal Investigator Military Officer Corporate Trainer Project Manager/Producer Program Manager Personnel Manager Alternative Dispute Resolution System Analyst Recruiter Acquisition Integration Consultant Labor Relations Specialist Negotiation and Mediation Conflict Resolution Specialist Development Training Coordinator Public Relations Officer Career Guidance Officer Degree Plan Specialist Management and Marketing Communications Investigator Recreational Supervisor Selection and Retention Manager Special Agent Grievance Officer Organization Development Consultants Program manager Conflict Resolution: Negotiator & Mediator Court-appointed Mediator Labor Relation Specialist State or City Manager Nonprofit Manager Police Officer Academic Advisor Case Manager L E A R N I N G O U T C O M E S
12 A D M I S S I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S To be admitted unconditionally to the Master of Science in Organizational Development program, you must: 1. Complete an online application 2. Pay an application fee of $50 3. Submit official transcripts showing all previous college work 4. Complete a bachelor s degree from a regionally accredited university with an approximate B average or above 5. Submit two recommendation forms that indicate support of readiness for graduate study 6. Submit a typed two-page statement of purpose 7. Submit a current resume. Additional departmental reviews of such things as your transcripts, statement of purpose, recommendation forms and resume may occur. We are committed to ensuring that the program is right for you and you are right for the program. Note: Transfer credits are not accepted for the Organizational Development program. How to Apply To begin the application process, simply call an enrollment advisor, whose job is to: Counsel you and determine if this program suits your individual goals Guide you through the application process and ensure you meet all deadlines Work with the Admissions Committee on your behalf. To speak to an enrollment advisor, Call: Ext (U.S. and Canada) or Ext (International).
13 Master of Science in Organizational Development Online Program Tuition, Fees and Expenses Below you will find the total tuition costs associated with our Organizational Development online master s program. Tuition (per credit hour) $775 Total Credit Hours 36 Application Fee $50 Resource Fee $275 Total Tuition Cost 2 $28,225 OPTIONAL - Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Residency Fee 1 $500 Note: Students are required to go through a pre-application interview before submitting an application for admission. 1 Please note that students will also incur airfare and hotel expenses related to their travel and stay during the residency. These expenses are contingent upon student s location as well as airfare and hotel rates at the time of scheduling travel arrangements. 2 Total based on current tuition rates, credit hours and fees as shown. In addition to tuition, students can anticipate spending $100-$200 per class for textbooks. Specific details on course materials will be provided prior to registration. T U I T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
14 F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S How do I qualify for the M.S. in Organizational Development program? To qualify for the M.S. program, you must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university. Please see the admission page for full details. Do I need to take the GRE? No, the GRE and other standardized tests are not required for admission to the program. How much does the program cost? Total cost for the M.S. in Organizational Development is $28,225. Please see the tuition information page for a detailed list of tuition and fees. What financial aid options are available? Federal financial aid may be available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanents residents. For more information and to complete the online application visit, Students are always encouraged to seek tuition assistance from their employers first and coordinate the balance with financial aid. For some programs, we also accept VA Benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill as tuition payment. How do I apply? To apply for the Master of Science in Organizational Development program, please contact an enrollment advisor. Your enrollment advisor will assist you with the application process, provide you with all necessary materials and work with the Admission Committee on your behalf. To speak to an enrollment advisor, please call Ext (U.S. and Canada) or Ext (International). When do I start the program? You may enter the program six times per year. We have two starting points during each of the Fall, Spring, Summer semesters. How much time is required in this program? This program is designed for working professionals and may be completed in as few as two years. Will my diploma say online degree? No. You will receive the same degree and diploma as students who complete programs on ACU s campus.
16 O N L I N E L E A R N I N G A T A C U The online Master of Science in Organizational Development program at Abilene Christian University (ACU) has been designed and developed by experienced faculty with solid knowledge of teaching and learning. The online program combines the best of traditional learning while taking advantage of technology to deliver robust and interactive courses. Our convenient online program offers you the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help you realize career-advancing opportunities, while you continue your regular full-time employment and other family or personal obligations. Our 14-week semester allows students to focus on one, 7-week course at a time, but complete two courses in the one semester. Some of the other benefits of our online program include: Flexibility engaging online and richmedia format allows you to log on at times most convenient for you, from any Internet connection. Post responses on the discussion board, receive feedback and submit assignments, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Connection small class sizes of approximately 20 students allow you to gain individualized attention from faculty and develop close relationships with fellow learners as you interact with them creating a vast network of professional contacts. Interaction post and respond to messages with fellow leaders. Online learning puts you much closer to the thinking and experience of your instructors and classmates. Timely curriculum course content is continually updated. Assignments incorporate the specific issues you deal with at work allowing you to apply lessons from each course. Support your positive education experience is very important to us. In addition to our instructors who are there to help you be successful in the program, you will be assigned a dedicated student services advisor who will be there to help guide you as you continue on through the program. And, of course, should you ever experience any technical difficulties, our 24/7, technical support is just a phone call away.
18 A B O U T A B I L E N E C H R I S T I A N U N I V E R S I T Y About the ACU Graduate School Since its founding in 1906, Abilene Christian University s mission has been to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. In pursuit of this mission, ACU provides an environment for graduate students where they can experience real relationships with both faculty and other students. Students have one-on-one time with faculty members who are interested in both academic and spiritual growth. This close-knit community with an emphasis on Christian faith is dedicated to developing an attitude of global service. The many degree programs offer exceptional educational experiences by combining innovative academic learning styles with practicality. The active Graduate Students Association serves the students by offering professional opportunities, including stipends for students who wish to attend or present work at various academic conferences. Ranking The Princeton Review named ACU as one of the Best in the West for For additional ranking information, please visit our website at orgdev.acu.edu. About ACU A private Christian university, ACU includes the Graduate School; the Graduate School of Theology; the School of Information Technology and Computing; the School of Social Work; the School of Nursing, and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Honors. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest. ACU s current enrollment is about 4,600, including 3,800 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students, generally from 47 states and territories and 43 nations. More than 245 full-time faculty members, 96 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to engaging students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth. Accreditation Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga or call for questions about the accreditation of ACU.
19 Abilene Christian University has a strong reputation for academic excellence and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building at ACU
20 Master of Science in Organizational Development Abilene, Texas Ext (U.S. and Canada) Ext (International) orgdev.acu.edu OHRD_BRO_01_19_2015_68633