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Doctorate in Organization Development and Change

Building on the Cabrini tradition of preparing graduates who are committed to social justice and making significant contributions to their workplace, local communities, and global initiatives, the Doctorate in Organization Development and Change (PhD) is designed for mid- and senior-level executives and other experienced practitioners from all sectors of the workplace who are interested in studying and advancing theory, research, and practice in the disciplines of organization development, change management, and leadership.

Combining state-of-the-art education, visits from world-class scholar-practitioners, and a blended approach to learning, the PhD program focuses on developing skills in research and practice in keeping with the scholar-practitioner model of advanced education.

“My favorite thing about the program was the diversity of people in my cohort. I think it brought a real richness of different perspectives.”

—Jane Martin (PhD’19)
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  • Receive our new, reduced pricing for incoming students!
  • Three-year completion time, including two years of classes plus one year of dissertation work.
  • Flexible in-person or virtual class meetings one weekend per month.
  • The flexibility of a PhD based on a scholar-practitioner model.
  • An international focus—all graduates will attend and present papers at international academic conferences.
  • A foundation built upon the Cabrini tradition of social justice and ethical leadership while emphasizing practical, highly relevant business principles.
  • Hands-on support from faculty and staff.


The 70-credit program is designed to be completed in three years. At the beginning of the first year, the program includes a weeklong, intensive on-campus meeting consisting of an orientation and one course.

Students attend weekend (Friday–Sunday) residency sessions on campus or virtually, approximately every three to four weeks (June–March).

All courses are offered in a blended online format, providing maximum flexibility for students to complete coursework. There are six courses/seminars in each of the first two years of the program. There are also substantive take-home examinations due at the end of year one and year two. The third year is comprised of an International Field Experience and dissertation research and writing.


For more information about the application process or the program, please contact Todd Matthews, PhD, at tlm395@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8172.