Leadership Studies

Graduate Certificate in Organization Development

The Leadership and Organizational Studies department would like to tell you about our new Graduate Certificate in Organization Development and invite you to try a couple of courses. 

Organization Development (OD) is a multi-disciplinary field of research, theory, and practice dedicated to the study and practice of successful organizational change and performance -- so it's a great fit for students with many different backgrounds. 

The five courses in the OD Certificate provide both the skills and theoretical foundation for graduates to perform fundamental organization development work. As more new businesses surface in Maine, an ever-greater need for those with professional organization development knowledge and skills will be needed. 

There are two courses available this fall for students interested in Organization Development: 

LOS 502: Foundations of Leadership Studies III: Theory and Practice (available to graduate students only)

With a holistic systems focus on frameworks, strategies, and processes, this course explores the theories and research of leading effective organizational change from an organization development perspective.  An emphasis will be placed on systems theory as well as emerging leadership theories and research. Case studies and experiential learning are used to examine the intended and unintended consequences of change efforts. This course will introduce students to the concepts, theories and practical applications of organization development methodologies.

LOS 625: Training and Development (available to graduate students and LOS 425 undergraduates students with permission)

This course provides students with a theoretical framework for adult learning as it applies to the training and development process. Topics covered include the assessment of learning needs and setting of objectives; the design and facilitation of learning processes such as workshops, on-the-job training, self-directed learning, web-based training, and the assessment of outcomes. Students will design and deliver a training program as a major project for this course.


For questions or more information about this program, please contact me at eturesky@maine.edu or call 207-753-6606. For questions about admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 207-780-5670 or admitusm@maine.edu.