A Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership takes you beyond business principles to better understand the people who power the business.

In this program, you will learn to apply psychological research to develop employees as individuals and in teams, and design solutions to make them leaders, in theory and in practice. You will also train to assess organizations' performance, structure, and development. Ultimately, you will design appropriate learning and development solutions based on human performance technology—extending your range of professional ethics, leadership skills, and coaching techniques.

The thought leaders of tomorrow are learning here today. Earn your Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership from University of the Rockies online.

Choose a specialization to enhance your learning within the Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership program:

Corporate Training and E-Learning

Bring out the best in people and the organizations in which they work. This specialization prepares you to apply psychology and instructional principles in corporate training. You will learn to conduct a thorough analysis of an organization's training needs so you can effectively design, develop, implement, and evaluate your own instructional initiative.

With advanced courses in adult learning, human development, and technology for learning, you may expand your abilities if you're an instructional designer, corporate trainer, or performance consultant or gain knowledge as an organizational leader.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Be a catalyst for new ideas and innovation. The focus of this specialization will be on applying best practices to a range of potential innovations. At the completion of this program, you will be prepared to manage and drive innovation within organizations as well as for startups and entrepreneurial ventures.

With advanced courses in creativity and leadership, you may expand your abilities if you're an entrepreneur or consultant or increase your knowledge in organizational leadership.

Organizational Diversity

Take diversity to the next level. This specialization prepares you to contribute your knowledge of psychology, supporting organizations in their commitment to a culture that embraces diversity. Learn about the theory, policy, and dynamics of human differences and the influence that these differences can have on an organizational system as you examine the socio-cultural and international contexts that influence individuals and teams in organizations and evaluate the impact of social and cultural diversity in organizations.

With advanced courses in sociology, culture, and international studies, you may expand your abilities if you're a diversity consultant or further develop your scope of organizational leadership.

Risk Management

Be prepared for all kinds of contingencies. This specialization instructs you in the theory and practice of mitigating and managing risk. Risk management is the process of planning, organizing, and controlling activities in order to minimize the effects of risk on the organization.

With advanced courses in leadership, change management, and human capital, you will be ready to take on any potential threats to your organization.

Social Media and Technology

Technology is more than the latest smartphone application or handheld device – it is deeply embedded in how organizations transform themselves. This specialization offers you theories of media and technology that you can use to improve the design, development, structure, and operation of organizations. You will also explore theories of how people communicate and form identity through social media, as well as how media and communication technologies operate in and out of organizations. Other topics will include the ethics surrounding the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) into organizations, the role of ICTs in decision-making, and effective leadership.

Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management

Bring your love of sport to the world of business. This specialization provides a comprehensive curriculum covering the areas of marketing, administration, facilities management, finance, fundraising, law, personnel management, sociology, and ethics.

An ideal complement for professionals in the areas of sport performance psychology, coaching, organizational wellness and/or sport industry consulting, this specialization prepares you for potential positions in professional sport, interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics, college and university recreation and intramural programs, coaching, sport facility management, sport marketing, sport industry consulting, community sport programs, and fitness and wellness management.

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