Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (OLPC) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education and Human Resource Studies – Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Specialization

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the next cohort begin?

The next application term is for Fall 2018 and applications to the cohort will be available in August 2017.

Where and when do classes meet?

Class sessions meet face-to-face in the Denver Learning Center eight Saturdays per semester. Students enroll in two courses, one held in the morning and one in the afternoon with an hour break inbetween.

Do I have to write a dissertation?

Yes. This degree requires you to complete a dissertation. You will work directly with your advisor to identify your topic of interest.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT in order to apply to this program?

Yes. A GRE or GMAT score is required for this program. There are no exceptions provided for this requirement. A GRE Preparation course is available face-to-face and online through CSU. Learn more about admission and application requirements »

Does the program require a minimum GRE or GMAT score?

No minimum score is required to be admitted into the program. The admissions committee considers all materials provided within a prospective student's application, and a GRE or GMAT score is part of that consideration.

If I have to drop a semester, is that a problem?

The OLPC Ph.D. is delivered in a cohort model where students begin and end the program together. Students are encouraged to commit to the full duration of the program to ensure they stay on track and are able to complete coursework in eight semesters. If you are required to skip a semester, your graduation will be delayed until appropriate arrangements can be made with your advisor to make up the coursework.

How much do books cost?

Books typically cost $200-$250 per semester.

What are typical assignments, and how much time is spent preparing outside of class?

Much of the coursework is centered on completing projects, case studies, papers, reading assignments, and presentations. Students work on individual and group assignments, and it is recommended that 10-15 hours per week is spent outside of class.

Are assistantships or scholarships available?

No, but federal financial aid is available. Learn more about federal financial aid »

I am looking for a new job. How will this program help me?

The OLPC Ph.D. program prepares students for advanced positions in business, education, government, nonprofit, consulting, and more. The program offers students the opportunity to network with seasoned professionals who value collaboration and advanced learning. The cohort model ensures greater cohesiveness and the development of professional networks which lead to greater opportunities for advancement.

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