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Doctorate in Organizational Development 

Important note: For the next OD cohort, starting summer 2019, applications are open and completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

The doctoral program in Organizational Development (OD) builds on the Cabrini tradition and mission of preparing graduates who are committed to making ethical and socially just contributions to their workplaces, local communities, and global initiatives.

The program is designed for mid- and senior-level executives from all sectors of the workplace who are interested in studying and advancing theory, research and practice in the disciplines of organizational development, change management, and leadership.

Students can choose between a professional, practice-based Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the more theoretical, research-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and can earn their degree in three years.

As a doctoral student, you will come to Cabrini's campus in beautiful Radnor, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia) one weekend a month and supplement your coursework with online learning, making it easier to balance work, family, and other life demands.

A cohort model, in which students take all classes together, allows for extensive networking and relationship building throughout the program.

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 OD Open House events!

OD 2018 OD Cohort Residency Dates

Year One

  • May 21 – 25, 2018
    Leadership Lecture Series I; Group Facilitation, Consultation, and Team Development
  • June 22 – 24, 2018
    The Evolution of Organizational Development- Understanding System Dynamics
  • July 27 – 29, 2018 and August 17 – 19, 2018
    Contemporary and Philosophical Perspectives in Organizational Development from a Scientific Approach
  • September 7 – 9, 2018
    Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • October 19 – 21, 2018
    Trends in Organizational Research and Theory
  • November 16 – 18, 2018
    Sociocultural Dynamics, Morality & Diversity in the Workplace
  • January 11 – 13, 2019 and February 8 – 10, 2019
    Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy
  • March 15 – 16, 2019
    Qualifying review

Year Two

  • May 20 – 24, 2019
    Research Design & Methods – Quantitative 
  • June 14 – 16, 2019 and July 12 – 14, 2019
    Research Design & Methods – Qualitative
  • August 9 – 11, 2019 and September 6 – 8, 2019
    Corporate Governance, & Business Ethics from a Social Justice Lens
  • October 4 – 6, 2019 and November 1 – 3, 2019
    Leading in a Global Environment
  • December 6 – 8, 2019 and January 10 – 12, 2020
    Negotiation, Conflict & Communication Strategies to Advance Social Causes
  • February 7 – 9, 2020 and March 6 – 8, 2020
    Integrative Quantitative & Qualitative Seminar
  • March 20 – 21, 2020
    Qualifying review

Year Three

  • May 18 – 20, 2020
    Leadership Lecture Series II
  • Throughout Year Three
    International Field Experience
    Dissertation: Proposal, Development, and Defense

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