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A major in Organizational Development and Management prepares you to be a strategic, ethical, effective, and innovative leader in corporations and communities.

Our students are passionate about becoming engaging and socially responsible leaders and managers, and are committed to developing the tools and knowledge to take them to the next level in their career.

Curriculum and Coursework

Our professionally-oriented curriculum is designed to help you understand and appreciate the structure of organizations, and the local and global contexts in which they operate.

In your coursework, you will identify and analyze the impacts of individual and group behavior on organizational processes and outcomes.

You will develop analytical skills and collaborative practices related to strategic organizational management of diverse individuals and teams.

You will practice and analyze decision-making processes required in complex business organizations. And you will learn about the tools, techniques, and methodologies of process improvement.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the structure of organizations, and the local and global contexts in which they operate. 
  • Identify and analyze the impacts of individual and group behavior on organizational processes and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate analytical skills and collaborative practices related to strategic organizational management.
  • Practice and analyze decision-making processes required for strategic management of complex business organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead, communicate, and work effectively and innovatively with diverse individuals and teams.
  • Appreciate the importance of ethical leadership and the influence organizations have on the communities which they serve.  

Related Programs

Students pursuing a major in Organizational Development and Management can also apply to the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development program.



BIS Core = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 45 credits/15 courses in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum.

Major = 10 Courses, 30 Credits

ODM 1000 Foundations of Organizational Behavior: Overview of the key principles and research of organizational behavior. Examines individual human behavior in the workplace as influenced by personality, values, perceptions, and motivations, and group behavior as related to collaboration, communication, politics, and negotiation.

ODM 1100 Foundations of Strategic Management: Overview of key principles and practices of strategic management. Examines topics such as establishing mission, vision, and direction, evaluating environmental influences, assessing industry and market trends, building organizational culture, leading effective teams, managing and leading change. Emphasizes the development and implementation of strategy across industries.

ODM 2000 Essentials of Finance and Accounting: Introduction to basic standards and concepts underlying finance and accounting. Topics include balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets, forecasts, and reporting.

ODM 2010 Essentials of Marketing: Introduction to key concepts, terms, and strategies used in the marketing function of an organization. Focus is on understanding how firms and consumers behave and developing a tool kit of strategies and tactics to be used in promoting an organization’s marketing strategy.

ODM 2020 Ethics, Regulation, and Social Responsibility: Examines the intersection of ethics, regulation, and social responsibility, and the relationship to business management and strategy. Provides students with the opportunity to understand and analyze the economic, legal, political, ethical, and societal issues involving the interaction of business, government, and society. 

ODM 2030 Organizational Decision-Making: Explores decision-making philosophy, approaches, challenges, and best practices. Provides opportunities to analyze contexts that impact decision process and quality, and develop skills related to individual and organizational decision-making.  

ODM 2040 Strategic Operations & Process Improvement: Introduces key components of operations management and strategy. Overview and analysis of tools, techniques, and methodologies of process improvement.  

ODM 2050 Innovation & Creative Thinking: The cultivation of innovation and creative thinking are essential to an organization's success in the 21st Century Global context. This course will examine how innovation and creativity can be facilitated, managed, and sustained in a work setting. Students will learn about the theories behind and the practical applications of these key concepts.

LDR 2070 Strategy Driven Talent Management: Develop a personal talent management philosophy and plan. Improve ability to reflectively lead talent management efforts. Develop the capacity to analyze and assess talent management practices. Sharpen decision making and problem solving techniques. Research, develop and present a talent management project.

ODM 5000 Organizational Development and Management Capstone: Integrates strategic management and organizational development tools and practices from throughout the curriculum to topics such as change management and entrepreneurship.

Free Electives = 15 Courses, 45 Credits

Students must take 15 elective courses (for a total of 45 credits) from any subject area.

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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


Summer I & III Deadline - May 25
Summer II Deadline - June 28
Fall I Deadline - August 17

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.