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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 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.

The 70-credit program is designed to be completed in three years. The structure of the program includes a weeklong intensive on-campus meeting consisting of an orientation and one course in the beginning of the first year of the program. 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, or attend one of our Doctoral Open House events!

Year 1 - 2020-2021

  • 5/18-5/22 - Orientation Residency and DORG 725 - Group Facilitation, Consultation, and Team Development
  • 6/19-6/21 - DORG 700 - The Evolution of Organizational Development
  • 7/17-7/19 - DORG 700 - The Evolution of Organizational Development
  • 8/14-8/16 - DORG 715 - Philosophy of Science
  • 9/18-9/20 - DORG 715 - Philosophy of Science
  • 10/16-10/18 - DORG 710 - Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • 11/6-11/8 - DORG 710 - Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • 12/11-12/13 - DORG 735 - Socio-Cultural Dynamics, Morality, & Diversity in the Workplace
  • 1/15-1/17 - DORG 735 - Socio-Cultural Dynamics, Morality, & Diversity in the Workplace
  • 2/12-2/14 - DORG 730 - Organizational Assessment, Design, and Strategy
  • 3/12-3/14 - DORG 730 - Organizational Assessment, Design, and Strategy
  • 3/26-3/27 - Qualifying Exam End of Year 1 Preparation Residency

Year 2 - 2021-2022

  • 5/17-5/21 - Orientation Residency (Monday) and DORG 755 - Leading in a Global Environment
  • 6/11- 6/13 - DORG 745 - Research Design & Methods—Quantitative
  • 7/9-7/11 - DORG 745 - Research Design & Methods—Quantitative
  • 8/6-8/8 - DORG 746 - Research Design & Methods—Qualitative 
  • 9/10-9/12 - DORG 746 - Research Design & Methods—Qualitative 
  • 10/1-10/3 - DORG 750 - Corporate Governance and Business Ethics through a Social Justice Lens
  • 10/22-10/24 - DORG 750 - Corporate Governance and Business Ethics through a Social Justice Lens
  • 11/19-11/21 - DORG 760 - Advanced Topic Seminar: Negotiation, Conflict, & Communication Strategies to Advance Social Causes'
  • 12/10-12/12 - DORG 760 - Advanced Topic Seminar: Negotiation, Conflict, & Communication Strategies to Advance Social Causes'
  • 1/21-1/23 - DORG 765 - Advanced Topic: Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Methods
  • 2/18-2/20 - DORG 765 - Advanced Topic: Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Methods
  • 3/11-3/12 - Qualifying Exam End of Year 2 Preparation Residency

Year Three

  • Leadership Lecture Series II
  • International Field Experience
  • Dissertation: Proposal, Development, and Defense

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