MS Organizational Change Leadership Degree Requirements

Earn your degree by completing 30-39 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. If you attend full-time (nine credits per semester, fall and spring), you could complete the degree in two years. Most students work on the program part-time. You have seven years from the date of admission to complete the program.

*Current students should continue to follow their original plan of study.

Credit Overview

Foundational Courses (0-9 credits)

ACCTING 7210 Applied Accounting 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5030 Human Resource Management
(ONLY for those students completing the Human Resource emphasis)
3 cr.
INDUSTDY 7000 Research Methodology
(ONLY for those students completing OCL 7990 Thesis Research)
3 cr.

Core Courses (21 required credits)

BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication 3 cr.
OCL 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change 3 cr.
OCL 7310 Business Analytics 3 cr.
OCL 7330 Intro to Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
OCL 7410 Intercultural Change Leadership 3 cr.
OCL 7840 Capstone* or 3 cr.
OCL 7920 Seminar Paper Research* or 3 cr.
OCL 7990 Thesis Research* 3 cr.

*Completion of all coursework or consent of advisor/instructor required prior to enrollment.

Areas of Emphasis (Optional)
You may complete one area of emphasis by taking at least 6 credits in your chosen area. For your emphasis area chosen, the final seminar paper, thesis, or capstone must relate to both the area of emphasis as well as organizational change.

The Healthcare emphasis is designed for those who currently work or wish to pursue a career in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Synthesize knowledge from coursework focused on managerial and change leadership concepts to gain the skills necessary to better serve as an effective change agent in various healthcare settings.

OCL 7600 Change Leadership in Healthcare 3 cr.
OCL 7610 Current Topics in Healthcare 3 cr.

Successful completion of either Capstone, Seminar Paper Research, or Thesis Research.

Project Management
The Project Management emphasis enhances your ability to lead change efforts by applying contemporary project management tools and techniques across three broad areas: organizing and initiating projects, planning projects, and performing projects. Discover how integrating the art of change leadership with the science of project management brings necessary and critical structure for effectively implementing change.

PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II 3 cr.

Successful completion of either Capstone, Seminar Paper Research, or Thesis Research.

Human Resources
Coming Soon - Available Fall 2016

*Completion of all coursework or consent of advisor/instructor required prior to enrollment.

Elective Courses (3-9 required credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Courses taken as part of an emphasis requirement may NOT be counted in this category.  Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's needs in the discipline of organizational change leadership.

BUSADMIN 5500 Employee Training and Development 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5540 Quality Management or 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5740 Consumer Behavior 3 cr.
OCL 7380 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation 3 cr.
OCL 7400 Creative Problem Solving 3 cr.
OCL 7500 Organizational Development 
(Prerequisites: BUSADMIN/OCL 7330 and BUSADMIN 5530)
3 cr.
OCL 7530 Organizational Theory 
(Prerequisites: BUSADMIN/OCL 7330 and BUSADMIN 5530)
3 cr.
OCL 7940 Special Topics in Organizational Change Leadership* 3 cr.
OCL 7980 Independent Study* 3 cr.
PHLSPHY 7530 Business Ethics 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7040 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Teams 3 cr.

*Completion of all coursework or consent of advisor/instructor required prior to enrollment.


  1. All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  2. No more than 12 credits may be transferred from an external program, including other UW-Platteville graduate programs. All remaining graduate credits must be earned from UW-Platteville.
  3. Courses in the 5000-6000 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided the courses had not previously been taken at the undergraduate level.
  4. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  5. Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements (extensions may be granted).
  6. Transfer of credits requires approval by faculty in the Organizational Change Leadership Program and the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.
  7. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted.

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