One of the goals of the Organizational Change Leadership program is to create a learning community that promotes excellence in the practice of leading effective change in organizations. To form and sustain our community of students admitted to the OCL program, students must possess the following (the GRE is not required):
- A bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all previous undergraduate or graduate work
- At least two years of relevant professional work experience
Each applicant is assessed as a whole person. No single criterion will be the determining factor in the admissions process.
To be considered for the OCL program, the following documents are necessary to complete your application portfolio:
- Completed online application
- A current resume
- Two or more reference letters from professional supervisor and a faculty member if possible
- A statement of purpose essay (approximately 500 words) that introduces the student, their interests and motivations, summarizes their academic and professional career, and discusses the relevance of their recent and current activities to the OCL program
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript
The application does not require graduate test scores.
We offer rolling admissions for those students pursuing our traditional format in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, which means that students can apply at any time. The application deadline for the fast-track, cohort program offered at our Metro Detroit location is July 1, although some students apply and are admitted the fall of the previous year and begin to complete non-cohort classes online.
OCL is for you
Even if you already have a master’s degree, and you’re looking to expand and deepen your knowledge in a way that helps you to advance business objectives and create immediate impacts in organizations, OCL is for you.
What Can you expect after graduation
- Apply current best practices for leading and developing individuals, groups and organizations in an age of globalization
- Conduct organizational consulting engagements using established diagnostic models and current theory and research
- Debate theory and best practices in the knowledge areas of organizational change, organizational leadership, organizational culture, organizational learning, group dynamics and globalization
- Execute the role of the research-based practitioner, one who applies theory and research to organizational challenges using rigorous data collection and analysis protocols