Positive Organization Development & Change

MPOD students in class
Master of Science

About the Program

Be the driving force behind strategic organizational effectiveness, high-performing teams and stronger corporate cultures by earning your Master of Science in Positive Organization Development & Change (MPOD) at Weatherhead School of Management. You’ll gain strength-based approaches taught by the same faculty who pioneered them—approaches that have helped 87% of our students advance their careers within one to two years of graduation. Plus, our unique program educates and develops leaders who’ll create enduring social systems that offer value to all stakeholders.

What to Expect

In 17 months, you’ll complete 35 credit hours through our hybrid on-site and online program. 

Designed to help you develop organizational excellence and effective team relationships, our classes are taught by internationally recognized faculty—thought leaders who pioneered the influential concepts of:

  • Appreciative Inquiry,
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership,
  • Coaching with Compassion,
  • Inclusive Leadership,
  • Flourishing Enterprises,
  • Positive Impact Change Interventions,
  • Team Effectiveness and
  • Business as an Agent of World Benefit. 

The Weatherhead School’s MPOD is one of only a few master's programs that emphasize strength-based approaches to organization development, change management and leadership.

Looking back, my MPOD degree at CWRU represents a new holistic perspective on business in the world and how we need to think about global issues in the 21st century. It was an amazing education, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity and experience of the program

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Beyond the Classroom

Led by world-class leaders in organizational development, our program offers individual field projects for expertise in your choice of three thematic areas: leadership, team and interpersonal effectiveness, or organizational development and systematic change.

You’ll partner with faculty to design and implement these self-initiated, self-paced projects, perform real-world challenges and participate in practicums with actual clients in the field.

Seeking a student organization to pursue your interests? The Graduate Business Student Association and other student clubs provide ample opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers and social gatherings.

By the Numbers


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years: average professional experience


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Weatherhead alumni around the world

Admissions Details

We are committed to recruiting a community of students with diverse perspectives and a range of robust educational, professional and life experiences. These experiences, along with demonstrated student excellence, enrich the dialogue and teamwork in the classroom.

Required Admission Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 to 7 years of related work experience
  • Full-time employment

Required Admission Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Video essays
  • Resume
  • Two recommendations
  • TOEFL-IELTS-PTE scores: international applicants must submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test documentation. Total scores required for application consideration: TOEFL: 100; IELTS: 70; PTE 68.
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Applicant interview

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