Graduate School - Organizational Development

Jonathan W. Camp, Graduate Advisor   
ACU Box 28156
Abilene, Texas 79699-8156
Sherrod Building – Don Morris Center Room 215

Phone: 325-674-2191
Fax: 325-674-6966

Faculty from various departments who teach in this program:
Garry Bailey, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution
Jonathan Camp, Associate Professor of Communication
Joe Cardot, Professor of Communication
Joe L. Cope, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution
Matthew Dodd, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution
Mark Phillips, Associate Professor of Management Sciences
Cynthia Roper, Associate Professor of Communication
Phillip Vardiman, Associate Professor of Management Science
J.D. Wallace, Professor of Communication

The Department of Communication offers the Master of Science (MS) degree in organizational development (OD). The MS in OD is an online 36-hour degree program that is interdisciplinary and includes courses from communication, conflict resolution, and management sciences.

The central objective of the degree program is to provide an advanced degree that synthesizes knowledge from diverse fields into a focused, yet flexible plan of study that is useful to leaders in all forms of organizations. The program is committed to applying the study of individual, group and cultural issues to meet the special needs of human resource professionals, administrators, managers, trainers, nonprofit leaders, government leaders and others in the professional community.

Distinctive features of the program are breadth in understanding human behavior, development of leadership skills with multiple applications, adaptation of models to diverse organizational settings,and maximization of career mobility for holders of the degree.

Admission Requirements
For admission criteria, please refer to the Graduate School Admission Requirements section.  In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, applicants to the MS in organizational development must submit a two-page, typed purpose statement describing career goals, professional interests and reasons for wanting to enter the OD program.


Major Code: OD

The Master of Science degree in organizational development is a 36-hour program that requires at least half the total hours be taken at the 600 level. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Because the degree is interdisciplinary in nature, no specific undergraduate major is required.

Admission Requirements

   1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission); 
   2. Complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or comparable non-U.S. university (see specific department for any additions or 
   3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
   4. Two letters of recommendation; 
   5. A two-page, typed purpose statement describing career goals, professional interests and reasons for wanting to enter the OD program; 
   6. Current resume.

Requirements for the OD are:

          1. Communication (15 hours):
              COMS 545 Intercultural Communication 
              COMS 586 Human Resource Training and Development
              COMS 640 ST: Leading Organizational Charge              
              COMS 675 Seminar in Persuasion and Social Change
              COMS 697 OD Capstone

          2. Management Sciences (6 hours):
              MGMT 532 Human Resource Management
              MGMT 636 Organizational Behavior

          3. Conflict Resolution (15 hours - Allows option to gain Certificate in Conflict Resolution)
              CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
              CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
              CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace
              CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design

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