Organizational Development

Concentration Description

The Organizational Development concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with the practice of organizational leadership and development in various institutional domains, like: Business, Non-profits (NGOs); and government including sectors such as education, law, and the arts.

Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: cultural transformation, appreciative inquiry, action inquiry, multicultural collaboration, simulation-based practices, and the OD consultation cycle.

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

—Arundhati Roy

Selected Concentration Courses

Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:

  • Systems Theory and Practice
  • Creative, Generative, and Appreciative Approaches to Inquiry
  • Sense-Making and Meaning-Making in Organizations
  • Mindfulness, Resilience, and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Accountability and Autonomy in Organizations
  • Transforming Organizational Cultures

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep intensive connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong intensives per academic year, until they complete the intensive requirement for their degree program. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Virtual intensives are also available for students who can’t travel to residential intensive locations. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.