Masters Certificate in Organization Development and Change

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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  • 10 months
  • online

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Who should attend

  • Organization Development and Human Resource practitioners
  • Internal and external Consultants
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Team leaders
  • Adult educators, trainers, facilitators, coaches and change leaders

About the course

Designed for both those new to OD and Change, as well as those who have been practicing in the field without formal training, The Masters Certificate in Organization Development and Change has been designed to give you the applied knowledge and practical experience necessary to solve critical business and organization development challenges with proven behavioral science-based approaches and techniques.

Building on theory/practice integration, you will develop a repertoire of skills, knowledge and resources that will be immediately applicable to your own workplace setting – whether a business, government, healthcare, not-for-profit or volunteer organization.


Delivered simultaneously by select University

Executive Education Network partner schools:

  • Schulich Executive Education Centre
  • Gardiner Centre – Memorial University

Strategic learning outcomes include:

  • An understanding of the work of OD, including strategy development, restructuring and culture change
  • Applied knowledge of both group and system dynamics
  • Practical skills to support change at every level of the organization
  • Clear awareness of the impact of your own leadership style, approach and values – as an “instrument of change”
  • An understanding of the role of the OD professional in aligning leadership, learning, people systems, organizational structures and processes
  • An ability to manage strategic priorities and goals to help develop organizational agility
  • Insight into advanced OD theories and disciplines that have shaped it
  • Skills in strategic business analysis and business acumen from the viewpoint of the OD professional
  • The ability to build a compelling business case to help executives and other stakeholders use OD to meet business goals
  • An opportunity to apply all of the above within a client/ consultant relationship in an actual workplace setting


OD and Change Essentials

This program component is designed to prepare you for the complex work of designing and facilitating Organization Development and Change to solve complex business and organizational issues. It is taught in two class sessions, supported by an online learning community.

An Overview of Organization Development (OD)

  • OD frameworks, theories and methodologies and how they have shaped our workplace
  • The role of the OD practitioner in aligning leadership, learning, people systems, organizational structure and processes, and relationships, with its strategic priorities and goals
  • The dynamics of learning and change in individuals and organizations
  • Understanding of “self as an instrument of change”, including awareness of your values and styles

OD and Change Intensive - Part 1

Understanding Systems Change and OD Interventions

  • Understanding Systems Change and OD Interventions
  • Systems theory and approaches to change
  • Working with people to envision the “what” and “how” of change
  • Designing interventions for team, intradepartment and organizational settings
  • Using tools and developing customized approaches
  • Using criteria for assessing OD interventions

Business Acumen for OD Professionals

Strategic Business Management

Learn how OD can help an organization achieve strategic and operational agility by deepening your knowledge of:

  • Organizational structures, systems, functions and processes
  • The link between business strategy and competitive advantage
  • Key elements of an organization’s value proposition
  • The role of OD within the operating model of an organization
  • How OD adds value to organizational strategies
  • Critical thinking about corporate change scenarios
  • Communicating effectively with executives and line managers

Building a Successful Business Case

  • Learn the essential building blocks of “making a business case” and how to present a compelling case to stakeholders. Learn how to:
  • Craft and deliver a story about how to meet a business need
  • Understand the organization’s evaluation criteria
  • Identify what your stakeholders care about and clarify the need
  • Align your business case with strategic goals
  • Analyze cost, benefits, risks and opportunities
  • Calculate the return on investment
  • Tactics for influencing senior executives and line managers

Practicum in OD and Change

In the OD Practicum, you will apply your OD knowledge and skills in a real client/consultant relationship. Closely mentored by an on-site OD professional, you will provide consulting services to a group or organization, and demonstrate your ability to:

  • Understand a situation with which you are unfamiliar or largely unfamiliar
  • Create energy for organizational/individual change and improvement
  • Collaborate with a client group, and with a learning partner (another Practicum participant)
  • Demonstrate ethical awareness related to OD
  • Receive, and if possible, apply feedback and guidance from a local

Field Guide/Mentor

As theory and practice are integrally related in the field of OD, your Practicum will be a time of both action and reflection.

You will select ideas and theories taught earlier in the program streams, try them out and explore how the ideas and practices can inform each other. The OD Practicum will require a minimum of six days of your time, over approximately seven months.

The Practicum site is of your own choosing, and may be your own place of work, but not within your actual paid role. Since your Practicum is intended to be an opportunity for you to offer a valuable contribution to an organization AND to grow and develop as a reflective OD practitioner, your interests and the needs of your chosen group or organization will determine the nature of the practical OD work you undertake. You may or may not be able to carry out a full OD intervention within the time available. The Practicum consists of the following five phases:

  • A two-part orientation with the
  • Practicum leaders and your peer support group
  • Client Selection
  • Implementation
  • Ongoing note-taking and written reflection
  • Separation/closure


Michelle Chambers

Biography Michelle brings more than 25 years of proven and successful leadership, coaching, training and consulting experience, including work with three of Canada’s Top-50 employers, a Financial Post Top-100 organization and a Greater Toronto 2011 and 2013 Top-50 Employer. Michelle is an organiz...

Marilyn Laiken

Biography Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Organization Development and Change and Centre of Excellence in Adult Training and Development, Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University Marilyn is also past Chair of the OISE, University of Toronto Department of Adult Education &am...

Ray Gordezkey

Biography Ray Gordezky is well known for his work facilitating strategic organizational learning, change, and action that addresses contentious issues and complex circumstances. He is principal and co-founder of Threshold Associates, where he works with business, community and public service lead...

Doug Miron

Biography Doug is recognized for providing top notch experiential learning programs that enhance employee engagement and advance individual, team and organizational performance. His areas of expertise include Organization Development; Leadership Strategy; Talent Management; Executive Coaching and...

Glennie Mercer

Having worked in leadership positions for many years in the health-care field, Glennie established her own organization development consulting firm in 1996. Glennie brings more than 30 years’ experience to her work and is known as a perceptive and inspiring communicator, facilitator and coach. Th...

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