Organizational Learning and Performance (Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, name of program changing Fall 2017 to Organizational Change Leadership - OCL)

Program description

The Masters of Arts in Organizational Change Leadership (OCL) is designed to address one of the most critical and sought after competencies required in today’s organizations— the ability to lead effective change.

Designed for a diverse assemblage of individuals working in a variety of organizations and industry sectors, this competency-grounded program combines research, theory, and practice to build capacities to effectively lead and develop individuals, groups, and organizations in an age of globalization. With a Western Michigan University degree in Organizational Change Leadership you will join other forward-thinking professionals who are setting new standards of excellence in change leadership. Connect with a group of professionals working in a variety of organizations who are studying and practicing methods that make the change process run smoother, smarter, faster, and more efficiently. 

Why organizational learning and performance at Western Michigan University?

If you have ever wanted to be a catalyst of change in your current work place or to take the next step to advance your career, OCL is for you. If you work at a for-profit, not-for-profit, health care, military, educational, or government organization, have a bachelor’s degree and a passion to lead change is all you need to begin building your fitness to design, develop, and implement sustainable change.

  • All courses are designed for full-time working professionals and are offered in a hybrid format with one or two face-to-face class meetings per month with the remaining coursework completed online.
  • We prepare graduates with the concepts, methods and tools that will allow them to play leadership roles in the design and delivery of efforts such as culture change, transformational leadership and talent development.
  • We equip you with an enhanced understanding of adult learning, human performance and organizational effectiveness.

Our Vision: To be known for our global emphasis in developing ethical professionals who lead effective change to increase the capacities of their employees and organizations.

Our Mission: To develop forward-thinking practitioners who have the ability to apply both scholarly and practice-based knowledge to lead effective change in diverse contexts, including domestic and cross-cultural settings. Designed for career-centered individuals, our program emphasizes the development of change leadership skills that can be immediately applied to the workplace. We ground our teaching in the most current research, theory, and practice, and we recruit top professionals and academicians from around the world to engage with our students.

Current locations

The program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and is available at the main Kalamazoo campus as well as WMU-Grand Rapids and WMU-MetroDetroit.

Contact information

Dr. David B. Szabla – Faculty Specialist II
Dr. Dae Seok Chai – Assistant Professor