Shippensburg University

Organizational Development and Leadership


1871 Old Main Drive

Shippensburg, PA 17257

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Shippensburg University’s Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership is designed for students pursuing leadership positions in various career fields.  The program has two objectives: to apply the critical view of organizations from social scientific perspectives, and, to enhance students’ understanding of how organizations operate and change over time.  The performance and role of leadership in formal and informal settings is an integral part of the program. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills and increase their knowledge in selected discipline areas.

The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership is an interdisciplinary program that will provide students with several opportunities to: learn basic principles and theories of organizational development and the role of leadership, enhance skills and knowledge in specified content areas, combine theory with practical experience through an internship in the student’s concentration. 

This 30-credit master’s program is designed for both full and part-time students. Core courses are offered at Shippensburg University’s campus and at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Not all concentrations are available in Harrisburg. Course sequences are flexible and core courses have no prerequisites.

Requirements for this program include: 12 credits in core courses , 12 credits in a concentration (Business , Communications, Environmental Management , Higher Education Structure and Policy, Historical Administration, Individual and Organizational Development, Management Information Systems, Public Organizations, Social Structures and Organization), 6 credits in a capstone experience that includes a mandatory internship. The capstone course, SOC570, is not guaranteed in Harrisburg. The internship should be simultaneous with the Applied Leadership and Organizational Analysis course where students will conduct an organizational analysis project.


Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, AACSB International, ABET Inc., Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, Council for Exceptional Children and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

International Student Requirements:

The recommended score for the TOEFL is 68 for the internet-based test or 500 for the paper-based test. (Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657). The recommended score for IELTS is 6.0. International applicants from a country where English is the native/official language may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement, however the GRE or GMAT is required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $454 PA resident; $681 non-resident/$463 non-resid USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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