MS in Organizational Development

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The MS in Organizational Development degree program is designed for professionals who seek a better understanding of how to collaborate with diverse groups of people, create a productive work environment, and promote positive change and long-term effectiveness.

Fall 2021 graduate start date: August 30, 2021

At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

20–24 months

Programmatic Accreditation
International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
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Program Highlights

Recognizing the void in ethical, biblical leadership in many businesses, churches, and organizations, Cairn’s MS in Organizational Development program allows working professionals to engage together in personal and professional development as they wrestle with what it looks like to be a Christian in the business world.  Highly interactive students support each other as they discuss topics in class which are applicable to the issues faced daily in businesses, churches, and organizations.

  • Courses offered in 7-week modules during semester; maintain full-time status while taking only one course at a time
  • A “hybrid” program – Some courses offered 100% online, and some courses offered online with occasional Saturday meetings on campus
  • Courses offered every semester
  • Designed to help professionals from a variety of backgrounds (business, organization, church) develop leadership principles using their real-life contexts as case studies
  • Students who have previously taken Bible courses from an accredited university or college may qualify for up to 6 credits of advance standing

Sample Organizational Development Job Titles:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Training & Development Manager
  • Talent Management Director
  • Corporate Coach
  • Change Management Specialist
  • Director of Corporate Culture


To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Successfully complete the Capstone Project.


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Program Curriculum

Semester Course
Fall #1 Foundations of Organizational Leadership
Philosophy of Leadership
Overview of Christian Theology
Spring #1 Principles of Research
Organizational Culture and Change
Summer Elective
Fall #2 Principles of Team Dynamics and Development
Principles of Organizational Consulting
Theology of Leadership & Business
Spring #2 Communication Skills for Leaders
Capstone Project
Organizational Leadership

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