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2002 - 2003 Organization Development

Program Director:
Anthony J. Stahelski
Professor of Psychology
Psychology Building 453

James L. Eubanks, Professor of Psychology, Organization Development, Performance Management and Training
Stephen B. Schepman, Professor of Business Administration and Psychology, Organization Development, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management

Anthony J. Stahelski, Professor of Psychology, Organization Development, Social Psychology, Small Group Interaction

General Departmental Information

The objective of the Master of Science, Organization Development (MSOD) program is to prepare students for improving productivity and quality of work life in a variety of public and private sector organizational settings. The MSOD program is based in the Psychology Department with interdisciplinary connections to the College of Business.

The program is designed for working adults. The program is offered at the main campus in Ellensburg. Most students come from management positions in many types of public and private sector organizations across Washington and the Northwest. Required courses are scheduled across 24 weekends spread over two academic years. A "weekend" is defined as Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. In addition to the courses taken during the two academic years, students take a course during the summer, in between the first and second years. Students arrange additional time on campus as required. Students using faculty time, supplies, and/or equipment for research, either during the academic year or during the summer, must be registered for OD 595 or OD 700.

Success in the second year of the MSOD program is dependent on the knowledge and skills gained in the first year MSOD classes. Therefore students need to remove any incompletes they receive in the first year before enrolling in second year courses.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university's general regulations for admission to Master's programs, admission to the MSOD program will be recommended upon the evaluation of the applicant's prior scholastic record, GRE or GMAT scores, three recommendations from previous instructors or employers, and a statement of professional objectives. An interview is part of the admission process. Since this program is heavily oriented toward the application of theory to practical affairs, most applicants submit a letter of endorsement from an organization willing to sponsor them. The sponsor is asked to participate in the learning process by providing a site for the student to practice course knowledge and skills, and to conduct thesis or project research. This letter is submitted to the Office of Admissions with other application materials.

For additional information about the MSOD Program, please refer to our web site,


Master of Science

Required Courses                       Credits

OD 515, Organizations                                5
OD 520, Organization Change and Development          4
OD 551, Organizational Behavior Analysis             5
OD 560, Models of Planned Change                     4
OD 562, Consulting in Organizations                  4
OD 566, Organization Research and Assessment         5
OD 570, Organizational Planning and Strategy
  Simulation                                         5
OD 575, Process Control Methods                      4
OD 590, Supervised Field Experience in 
  Organization Development                        6-12
OD 700, Thesis, Project and/or Examination           6
PSY 510, Group Process and Team Building             5
PSY 540, Psychology Applied to Work                  5

                                       Total     58-64

Graduate Courses in Organization Development

OD 515. Organizations (5). Modern theories of organization in the context of organization/environment interaction and adaptation.

OD 520. Organization Change and Development (4). An instroduction to and overview of the field of organization development.

OD 551. Organizational Behavior Analysis (5). Applications of the principles and methods of behavior analysis to the work environment.

OD 560. Models of Planned Change (4). Examination of classical and contemporary change theories as they relate to the phases of planned change in representative organizations; development of individual models of organizational improvement.

OD 562. Consulting in Organizations (4). Attainment of competence in the role of an external consultant to an organization.

OD 566. Organization Research and Assessment (5). Principles of scientific research, methodology and their application to the analysis of organizations.

OD 570. Organizational Planning and Strategy Simulation (5). The application of management and organization development skills to a variety of organizational problems in a computer simulation.

OD 575. Process Control Methods (4). Apply logical and statistical process control and other numerical tools to the identification of and solution to organizational problems.

OD 580. Current Issues in Organization Development (3).

OD 590. Supervised Field Experience in Organization Development (3). Application of theories and concepts of OD to actual organizations. May be repeated for credit. Grade will be S or U.

OD 595. Graduate Research (1-10). Design and conduct an approved organization research project. Normally, the research will be non-thesis related. However, students using faculty time, supplies and/or equipment for thesis work beyond the maximum allotted six credits of OD 700 must be enrolled for at least three credits of OD 595. A maximum of 10 credits of OD 595 may be included on the student's Master's degree Course of Study.

OD 596. Individual Study (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Contracted learning under the supervision of faculty.

OD 598. Special Topics (1-6). Student and faculty initiated courses. Topics are published in the quarterly class schedule.

OD 684. Internship in Organization Development (3-9). Prerequisite, permission of MSOD program director. Application of theories and concepts of OD to actual organizations. Grade will be S or U. May be repeated for credit.

OD 700. Thesis, Project and/or Examination (1-6). Prerequisite, permission of Chair of student's graduate faculty supervisory committee. Designed to credit and record supervised study for the Master's project or thesis. Grade will be either S or U. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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