The online Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership program is designed for individuals who wish to cultivate their change leadership skills, drive positive change and enable organizational innovation. Every industry and profession across the globe is in need of leaders equipped to navigate the complexities of rapidly changing business environments.

Employers are increasingly seeking those who possess the capacity to take the initiative to strategically lead and manage change efforts. You choose how this degree will best suit your needs by selecting an optional elective based on your career aspirations in Project Management, Healthcare, Human Resources, or Safety Risk Control.

You'll explore the practical application of organizational leadership skills and develop expertise in critical thinking, decision-making, communication, conflict resolution, and creative problem solving. You'll acquire the necessary knowledge from organizational leadership courses such as Change Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Thinking and Change, and more.

Complete your master’s degree in as little as two years from a regionally accredited university. Tuition for the Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership ranges from $20,250-$26,325.

Not looking for a full degree? A three course certificate in Organizational Change Leadership is offered separately.

If you’ve earned graduate credit in another program or at another school you may be able to apply those credits toward your degree at UW-Platteville. Guidelines for transferring credits (both internal and external) include:

  • Credits need to be approved by more than one faculty member in the relevant program, along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty may be the program's committee or some mix of the student's advisor, program coordinator, and a faculty member with expertise in the field.

  • A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred.

  • Credits must have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Students must complete their graduate program within seven years of being admitted to the program at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Once credits have been accepted as transfer credits, they become part of the current program of study, and the seven-year limit is based on the date of admission into the program.

  • Only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be considered for transfer credit.

Transfer Agreements

You can expedite your progress in earning a degree if you have completed a certificate program with one of our partner institutions. Transfer agreements are in place with the following schools:

University of California - Irvine Extension
University of California - Riverside Extension

Credit for Professional Experience

As a leader in your field, have you earned a professional certification? You can receive credit toward your degree in Organizational Change Leadership with these certifications:

Professional in Human Resource (PHR)
Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR)
Global Professional in Human Resource (GPHR)

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)
Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP)
Change Management Certification Program (CPE)

To receive credit, submit the Credit for Professional Experience Request Form when you apply for admission to the Organizational Change Leadership program.

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 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
OCL 7610 Current Topics in Healthcare

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
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II

Human Resources

The Human Resources emphasis is designed for those who currently work or wish to work in the ever-changing arena of people management. Synthesize knowledge from coursework focused on managerial, human resource, and change leadership concepts to consider and address strategic solutions to changing human resource practices and organizational environments.

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

Safety Risk Control

The Safety Risk Control emphasis is designed for those who currently work or wish to pursue additional career opportunities in the field of safety and risk control. Synthesize knowledge from coursework focused on managerial and change leadership concepts as applied to an organization's development or improvement of a safety risk control culture/philosophy.

OCL 7650 Change Leadership in Safety
The Study of Current Issues in Safety (coming soon)

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 30-39 graduate credits. Tailor your education to match your career goals with the wide variety of elective courses. 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

Core Courses (21 credits)

BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior
MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication
OCL 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change
OCL 7310 Business Analytics
OCL 7330 Intro to 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. If you are choosing an area of emphasis, your final seminar paper, thesis, or capstone will relate to both the area of emphasis as well as organizational change.

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. Your academic advisor will guide you in selecting courses that allow you to make Your Best Career Move.

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 in Organizational Change Leadership*
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 ensure an admission decision for the desired semester, please submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates:

Spring: December 1                    Summer: April 15                    Fall: July 15

Although the master’s program requires no entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT, some programs may have specific admission requirements. To be considered for admission, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW-System standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees are evaluated on an individual basis.

Full Standing

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above; or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution. Students not meeting those requirements, or who possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-related field, but who meet one of the requirements listed below may be considered for full standing through a comprehensive review of their application material.

  • Graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Undergraduate degree GPA of 2.50 to 2.75 and bachelor's degree earned more than five years before date of application

Trial Enrollment

Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

You may also apply as a Special Student.

Admission Procedures for Pursuing a Master’s Degree

To apply for the master's degree program, you must:

  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Pay a $56 non-refundable application fee at our secure online site or mail a check payable to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099

  1. Request an official transcript be sent directly from your undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Center for Distance Learning at the address above. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

  2. Provide official transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits to be considered for transfer. For an engineering degree, a course syllabus may also be required for transfer credits.

  3. Email a detailed employment résumé to the Center for Distance Learning at M.S. in Criminal Justice applicants should also submit a brief personal statement of purpose and goals.

You may be contacted for additional information to support your admission. International applicants will follow a slightly modified procedure.

Single Course Enrollment

Students not seeking a master’s degree, who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may register as a Special Student. You will receive academic credit for courses taken while on this status. You can be considered for admission into a degree program if you maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program coordinator’s approval, you may transfer up to 12 credits earned at UW-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate-level work will be included in computing your academic average.

International Students

If you earned your bachelor’s degree outside the United States, you must request that your academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) be sent directly to the Center for Distance Learning from the issuing institution, along with a translated copy if they are not in English. Any records received become a part of your permanent student record at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and cannot be released. International transcripts are subject to a course-by-course evaluation. UW-Platteville has approved Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) to complete this evaluation. ECE or WES requires official transcripts/academic records to complete the evaluation.

If you attended a school outside the United States, follow these procedures:

  1. Request official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where you earned your degree(s), including a translated copy if your transcript is not in English. Neither UW-Platteville nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing a translated copy of your transcript.

  2. Go to the ECE or WES website and click Apply Now. Use Course by Course for your report option.

  3. Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.

In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcript(s) translated in English, you must provide a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Center for Distance Learning. As an alternative, you may submit a scoring report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires a band-level score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub score.

An Official TOEFL Score that meets one of the following minimum requirements:

Test Date Taken Total Minimum Score Subject Area Minimum Requirement
Paper-Based Test Prior to October 2017 550 N/A
Paper-Based Test


October 2017 or after




Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Writing (22)
Internet-Based Test




80 AND must meet minimums for all subject areas as noted to the right


Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Speaking (28)
Writing (22)


International students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting acceptable justification. The waiver request should include your name, daytime phone number, and desired program of study. Send requests directly to:

Laura Schieltz
Admission Specialist
2100 Ullsvik Hall
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville WI 53818-3099