Organizational Change Leadership Requirements

You can earn your master’s degree in organizational change leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville by successfully completing 30 to 39 graduate credits. Tailor your education to match your career goals with a wide variety of courses, many offered in an accelerated 8-week format. Optional areas of emphasis allow you to further specialize in focused disciplines. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Foundational Courses (0-9 credits)

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

Required Core Courses (21 credits)

BUSADMIN 5530: Organizational Behavior
MEDIA 7330: Organizational Communication
OCL 7200: Strategic Thinking and Change
OCL 7310: Business Analytics
OCL 7330: Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice
OCL 7410: Intercultural Change Leadership
OCL 7840 Capstone, OCL 7920 Seminar Paper Research or OCL 7990 Thesis Research (Completion of all coursework or consent of advisor/instructor required prior to enrollment)

Optional Areas of Emphasis

An area of emphasis may be earned by completing at least six credits in your chosen area. Your final seminar paper, thesis, or capstone will relate to both the area of emphasis and organizational change.


OCL 7600: Change Leadership in Healthcare
OCL 7610: Current Topics in Healthcare

Project Management

PROJMGT 7010: Project Management Techniques I
PROJMGT 7020: Project Management Techniques II

Human Resources

OCL 7700: Strategic Human Resources
OCL 7710: Current Issues in Human Resources

Safety Risk Control

OCL 7650: Change Leadership in Safety
OCL 7660: The Study of Current Issues, Events, and Safety Solutions

Elective Courses (3-9 credits)

Cutting-edge curriculum assures that the knowledge you gain is relevant to today's needs in the discipline of organizational change leadership.

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

*Courses taken as part of an emphasis area requirement may not count as elective credit.

To earn your master’s degree, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  • At least 21 credits must be earned in graduate courses that are not cross-listed with undergraduate courses, and of those 21 credits, at least 15 credits must be earned at the 7000-level). These credits must be included in the student’s program planning form.
  • Courses in the 5000-6990 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not previously taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Students must have both an overall and a program GPA of at least 3.0. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a C- has been earned will not be counted toward a degree; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average. All credits attempted within a given program will be counted toward the GPA, even if credits for a particular course will not be counted toward program completion requirements.
    • Note: Programs may have stricter requirements than required of the School of Graduate Studies; students should review their official program plan for information.
  • Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements.
  • No more than 12 credits can be transferred into a master’s degree program.
  • To be accepted for transfer, credits must be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty must be 1) the program's coordinator; or 2) some mix of the student's advisor and a faculty member with expertise in the field.
  • Only courses taken at a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in which the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed graduate work at UW-Platteville.
  • Enroll in one UW-Platteville course within the first year of being admitted into the program. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation from the program.
  • Maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.