Drive Change.

Lead Business.

Grow Profits.

Ph.D. in Organization Development

Drive Change.
Lead Business.
Grow Profits.

Ph.D. in Organization Development


The business climate is constantly changing and the companies that survive are the ones that can change with it. Benedictine University’s Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) program teaches professionals to drive change, lead business, develop employees and encourage high performance in an environment where industries are always reinventing themselves. 

One of the first graduate OD programs in the country, Benedictine’s Ph.D. in Organization Development is one of the largest behaviorally-oriented management programs in the nation and one of the top-rated graduate OD programs here or abroad. We have one of the most affordable doctoral programs in the country and offer convenient weekend classes throughout the year.

Problem Solver. Go-To Leader. OD Graduate.


As a student in this program, you will:

  • Become a change leader at your company and learn how to initiate essential changes in business. 
  • Strengthen your capacity to lead across many industries. 
  • Learn the critical thinking skills to facilitate change and increase productivity at your company. 
  • Discover innovative strategies and applied research methods to better manage resources.
  • Appreciate the ease of weekend classes spread throughout the year.
  • Have the skills and accreditation necessary to take your career to the highest levels.
  • Be able to put what you learn today to work for you tomorrow. 
  • Prepare for high-level careers in human resources, consulting, health care, research, education/public administration, and more.  
  • Gain knowledge in advanced strategic topics and discover how to build high performance teams. 
  • Create an atmosphere where employees thrive and profits soar.

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50 years of industry know-how

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Convenient weekend classes

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C-Suite level knowledge

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Industry leaders and
award-winning faculty

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Internationally-respected Ph.D.

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One of the largest behaviorally-oriented management programs in the nation


Today’s leaders are committed and talented individuals who are raising the standards of excellence in business, organizations and most importantly, themselves. Led by award-winning faculty and industry leaders, the internationally-recognized and respected Ph.D. in OD program at Benedictine imparts the critical-thinking and leadership skills required in today’s fluid business environment.

Designed for leaders.

Taught by experts.

Recognized Globally.

Designed for leaders.
Taught by experts.
Recognized Globally.

“The Ph.D. credential has opened so many doors. As a consultant, I work with leaders and organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and much of my work is directly connected to the relationship and affiliations I have made through Benedictine. One of the most impactful ways the program improved my career prospects is through building my confidence and being comfortable with presenting complex information to peers both as a scholar and a professional. I learned to hold my own.”

Sarah Malone, Ph.D., Organization Development’07
President and Principal Consultant at TheAldonMalone Group Ltd.

“Some of the biggest benefits were learning from scholars in the field and practitioners who I would consider O.D. superstars. It was great to be able to meet these O.D. greats in person and approach them in such an intimate fashion. I was able to engage in conversations with scholars from Harvard and on an international level that I don’t feel any other program can say. Those conversations added a lot of depth to my curriculum vita.”

Meghan Wright, Ph.D., Organization Development’13
Assistant Professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University


Next cohort begins in Fall 2022.

Once the University receives your inquiry, you will receive a confirmation via email from the OD department. In this reply, you will receive instructions about the admissions process as well as more detailed information about the Ph.D. in Organization Development program. Arrangements can be made to set up an opportunity to speak with program directors. Cohort 14 starting in August 2022 will be closed once 20 qualified applicants are accepted. Applications will be accepted beginning in May 2021.

Goodwin College of Business
benedictine university
Phone: (630) 829-6018

Jenny Jeschke
Admission Counselor for Graduate Business Programs
Phone: (630) 829-6309

Goodwin Hall, Room 486
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.