Application and Admissions

The criteria for acceptance into the Organization Development program are:

  1. A B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Relevant work experience in organizations.
  3. An acceptable level of competence in oral and written communication. This will be demonstrated by: (a) A written statement about the student's background, relevant work experience, and specific goals to be achieved from the program; (b) Individual and group interviews during the admissions process; and (c) A recent example of the applicant's academic or professional writing.
  4. At least a 3.0 grade point average in the most recent 60 units of courses.
  5. Applicants should have a foundational understanding of issues and concepts encountered in organizations, as well as those pertaining to human behavior and experience. Prerequisite course work in one or more of the following may be used to satisfy these requirements:
    • Organizational Behavior or Psychology of Organizations
    • Personality Theories, Human Development, or Group Process
    Alternatively, applicants may fulfill these requirements through a directed reading assignment. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the OD Program Director about these requirements before enrolling in prerequisite courses.

Applying to the Program:

In order to apply for this program, you need to submit a Departmental Application to the OD MA Program, and also an SSU Extended Education Application for graduate studies.

The selection and admissions process is aimed at assessing the extent to which there is a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and goals, and the purpose and resources of the OD Program. The written statements and personal interviews, described in item 3 above, are especially useful in this regard. In addition, two reference letters are requested.

Course Fees and Financial Aid

NOTE: Application for waiver of University application fees does not apply to special session degree programs.

There is a $55 application fee. As of Fall, 2013 course fees will be $645 per unit. Completion of the MA requires a total of 40 units. Many students find that their employer is willing to contribute to, or fully pay for, their tuition in this program, since the competence acquired will be of significant benefit to their organization. The University also provides a range of financial aid options, including low interest loans. Financial aid applications should be filed early to increase chances of securing funding. Contact the Financial Aid office at 707/664-2389 for information and application forms.

Electronic filing can speed up the process significantly. Visit the SSU Financial Aid site for information about how to file a FAFSA form.