MS in Human Relations & Organization Development with Positive Organization Development Concentration

Would you like to become a more effective champion of positive change within your organization? As your area of concentration for your MS in Human Relations & Organization Development you'll gain a strong foundational knowledge in leading-edge topics, including positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, inquiry-based leadership and Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

This cutting-edge program focuses on strength-based leadership and Appreciative Inquiry, which has created a positive revolution in organizational change, and built a framework that organizations across the globe have used to flourish. AI’s strengths-based approach embodies innovation and collaboration and creates a framework for these to arise from within an organization organically. Positive communication among all stakeholders improves creativity, teamwork and commitment.

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

  • Apply theories and methodologies of strength-based organization change including Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology and positive organizational behavior to generate value within organizational systems
  • 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 #Course TitleCredits
POD 500Foundations of Positive Organizational Change3
POD 530The Art of Question: Inquiry-Based Change in Organizations3
POD 560Advanced Applications of Appreciative Inquiry3
POD 570Strength-based Assessment & Analysis Methods3
Total Credits:12