The Champlain College Online Graduate Specialist Certificate in Positive Organizational Development is a 15-credit graduate level professional certificate designed for those who want to enhance their knowledge of theory and practice in the field of strength-based Organizational Development. Whether you are currently responsible for change efforts within your organization or would like to become a more effective champion of positive change, you'll gain a strong foundational knowledge in leading edge topics, like positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, inquiry-based leadership, and Appreciative Inquiry.

As one of the only programs of its kind, this program will provide graduates with strong grounding in the philosophies, theories, applications and practice of Positive Organizational Development.

Champlain's Positive Organizational Development Online Graduate Certificate will teach you to:

  • Apply theories and methodologies of strength-based organizational change including Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology and positive organizational behavior to generate value within organizational system
  • Create and apply effective questions that facilitate positive change within organizational contexts at the interpersonal, team and system level
  • Design and implement Appreciative Inquiry-based organizational interventions
  • Choose appropriate strength-based assessment tools and apply them to create and sustain positive organizational change


    Course # Description Credits
    POD 500 Foundations of Positive Organizational Change 3
    POD 530 The Art of Question: Inquiry-Based Change in Organizations 3
    POD 560 Advanced Applications of Appreciative Inquiry 3
    POD 570 Strength-based Assessment & Analysis Methods 3
    POD 580 Sages Seminar 3
    Total Credits: 15

    Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 5-7 years work experience
    • Champlain College Graduate Admission Application
    • Current Professional Resume
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts demonstrating completion of Bachelor's degree
    • Minimum of Two Recommendations
    • Personal Essay response to questions crafted and reviewed by faculty within the Stiller School of Business
    • Personal Interview (by phone or in person) with faculty within the Stiller School of Business

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