Organizational Dynamics Programs

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Understand the people side of work

The Organizational Dynamics Programs study the people, systems, and cultures that shape—and can reshape—our work lives. By equipping mid-career professionals with the essential tools to improve organizational life, our programs fuse research-based knowledge rooted in the arts and sciences with practical applications. This approach examines the subtleties of human behavior within existing systems, addresses multi-dimensional challenges, and transforms organizational culture.

Unlock your leadership potential today

Learn how Penn can help change your workplace and shape your management skills through our Organizational Dynamics Programs. Advisors, faculty, and alumni share their insight on the impact of Organizational Dynamics Programs and how the Penn experience extends beyond the classroom.

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Unlock your leadership potential today

Learn how Penn can help change your workplace and shape your management skills through our Organizational Dynamics program. Advisors, faculty and alumni share their insight on the impact of Organizational Dynamics and how the Penn experience extends beyond the classroom.

If you are having trouble viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Which program is right for you?

We offer two degrees: a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy. We also offer learning opportunities for non-degree students.

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics
Earn a master’s degree designed to enhance your ability to analyze, diagnose, and address workplace challenges, with the option to complete a graduate certificate in a subdiscipline of organizational dynamics at the same time Earn an advanced graduate degree in order to deepen, focus, and extend your prior study of organizational dynamics or a related discipline
For mid-career professionals with at least 5 years of career-level experience For mid-career professionals with at least 5 years of career-level experience and a previously completed MSOD or another advanced degree
Choose from evening, weekend, or online courses to suit your schedule Choose from evening, weekend, or online courses to suit your schedule
Complete 12 courses and a capstone project in two years of full-time study or at a part-time flexible pace Complete 6-8 courses and a capstone project in one year of full-time study or at a part-time flexible pace
Apply for a fall, spring, or summer start Apply for a fall, spring, or summer start
Learn more about MSOD > Learn more about MPhil >

Our non-degree program: Dynamics Learning Exchange

If you are interested in studying organizational dynamics without committing to a degree, the Dynamics Learning Exchange offers the opportunity to unlock your professional potential by taking up to two courses. 

Learn more about Dynamics Learning Exchange >

Dynamics Learning Exchange students

Fast facts

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1700+
Number of alumni in the Organizational Dynamics Programs network
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3
Number of concentrations and certificates offered by the program
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80%
Percentage of students employed full time while in the program
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40+
Number of years Penn has offered the Organizational Dynamics Programs degree

Professional outcomes

Each alumni’s story is as unique as their individualized program of study. Our graduates have managed emergence and created positive disruption in a wide variety of industries, including finance, medicine, hospitality, military, coaching, nonprofit leadership, and more. Many have used the culminating capstone project to plan for strategic development, change management, or innovation leadership and apply it directly to the workplace. Others have used their master’s education as the foundation for career change, advancement, or further graduate studies.

Academic year 2022 outcomes

73% of graduates reported starting a new job since beginning the program

73% of graduates reported starting a new job since beginning the program

82% of those new jobs were at a higher organizational level than the position they had when starting the program

82% of those new jobs were at a higher organizational level than the position they had when starting the program

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Upcoming application deadline

The application deadline for spring 2025 is October 15, 2024.

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Organizational Dynamics information session

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Student & alumni stories

"I was impressed by the high levels of science and rigor and how it provided me with the opportunity to become what I’ve always wanted to be." - Cecil Johnson, MSOD ‘14

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