- 33 course credits including a comprehensive project and presentation
- 24 credits must be earned from Colorado State University, 21 of which must be earned after formal admission
- Must have access to an organization to analyze challenges and issues within a workplace setting to satisfy applied learning activities and assignments throughout the program
The immersive curriculum focuses on building your skills in facilitating learning, performance improvement, and change in an organizational setting. Your studies will incorporate training and development skills for improving individual and team effectiveness, and organizational development concepts and tools for driving performance and managing change. All courses in this degree are 12-weeks in duration.
The two seminar courses provide opportunities to learn from practitioners and study cutting-edge topics and applications in the industry.
- EDOD 692A – Seminar: HRD Concepts on Workplace Learning (3 cr.) (Spring)
- EDOD 692B – Seminar: HRD Concepts on Organizational Learning (3 cr.) (Fall)
The research course is a comprehensive course which culminates the knowledge across the program into an individual applied learning project similar to a capstone project and is taken during the last semester of your program of study.
- EDRM 698 – Research (3 cr.) (Spring and Summer)
Programs of Study
The programs of study below outlines how you can complete the degree in two years starting in either the spring or fall semester. The program has been designed sequentially, with each course preparing you for the next. The optimal program of study includes taking EDOD 674, 675, and 676, as well as EDOD 671, 673, and 678 in sequence as outlined below. Summer courses are required to complete the program.
A maximum of nine credits in EDOD courses taken at Colorado State University can be applied to this program before admission. A maximum of three credits can be transferred in from other universities if approved by the program coordinator prior to admission.
The Learning Experience
Our faculty use student-led group discussions, lectures, readings, research, and writings in their courses. Assignments develop critical thinking skills through projects that are problem-focused, practically applied, and theory-to-practice oriented. To make the most of these projects, you should plan to apply learning to real workplace issues and challenges and obtain the expertise required to make significant contributions to improvement efforts in your organization.
The OPC master's degree is skills-based and uses action learning, an educational process in which students study their own actions and experiences to improve performance and acquire knowledge through those actions and practice. In action learning projects, students take concepts and tools from the classroom into their organizations with faculty support. As part of these projects, a great deal of reflection and data is used to consider a variety of potential solutions to complex problems involving human expertise, interaction, and performance.