Course Curriculum

The M.S. in Organizational Development program is a 36-hour program composed of 10 courses and a capstone. You may add a non-credit, one-week residency to earn ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution. To learn more, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-723-1131 Ext. 3534 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-647-722-6641 Ext. 3534 (international).

The following courses are required for completion of this master’s program:

1. Communication (15 hours):

COMS 545 Intercultural Communication
COMS 586 Training and Development
COMS 640 Leading Organizational Change
COMS 675 Persuasion and Social Change
COMS 697 Capstone

2. Management Sciences (6 hours):

MGMT 532 Human Resources 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 Workplace
CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design

*OPTIONALProfessional Development Residency Session

Course Descriptions


CONR 605 – Principles and Practice of Negotiation and Mediation (6 hours)

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.


CONR 610 – Managing Conflict in the Workplace (3 hours)

Provides students with opportunities to develop skills to identify the signs and root causes of friction, anger, violence and conflict in the work environment.


CONR 601 – Conflict Theory and Communication (3 hours)

Designed to prepare professionals for the field of conflict resolution. Provides advanced opportunities to analyze case studies, critique basic assumptions of conflict theories and role-play appropriate behavior in conflict scenarios.


CONR 612 – Conflict Management Systems Design (3 hours)

Provides a framework for understanding organizational conflict prevention and resolution systems. Analysis of case studies and practical applications are featured throughout the course.


MGMT 636 – Organizational Behavior (3 hours)

Identifies individual, group and organizational variables that inhibit or facilitate effective organizational functioning.


COMS 545 – Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Stresses understanding of contrasting cultures and ways of communicating with individuals and groups from around the world as well as subcultures within the United States.


MGMT 532 – Human Resources Management (3 hours)

Development, organization and functions of human resource management.


COMS 586 – Training and Development (3 hours)

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.


COMS 640 – Leading Organizational Change (3 hours)

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.


COMS 675 – Persuasion and Social Change (3 hours)

Processes, theories and strategies by which group, organizational and cultural persuasion occurs by emphasizing diffusion of innovation strategies.


COMS 697 – Capstone (3 hours)

The Capstone is the culminating academic event for all Master of Science in Organizational Development students. To meet the comprehensive requirements of the 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.


Professional Residency Session – only for students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution:

While there is not a residency requirement in conjunction with the M.S.in Organizational Development program, students may choose to pursue a Conflict Resolution graduate certificate to complement their O.H.R.D. degree. The residency requirement, 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.

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