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Organizational Systems Learning Models

OLT offers online hybrid masters and doctoral programs plus a blended learning master's program (LIOS) in Seattle with a specialization in Leadership and Organization Development. Whether you choose our doctoral programs or our masters programs; all of our programs allow you to study in a flexible way, whether you're interested in coaching executives for leadership, developing sustainable organizational systems, developing humane educational systems, or teaching organizational systems theory.

Hybrid Online Learning Model

OLT's hybrid degree programs combine online learning with periodic in-person conferences, intensives, and classes where you can earn your MA or PhD in Organizational Systems. This low-residency model offers the flexibility to tailor coursework to your individual interests and to integrate your studies with your busy professional schedule. It requires participation in two five-day residential conferences per year.

Faculty mentoring and cohort learning is a distinguishing feature of our approach. When you begin your studies, you will be assigned a Faculty Mentor, who supports you in the achievement of your goals, provides a connection to your chosen discipline, connects you with other faculty, and works with your academic advisor and Academic Services Coordinator to ensure your academic needs and expectations are fulfilled.

LIOS Seattle Campus Learning Model

LIOS blended learning programs in Seattle are rooted in self-development through integrated, rigorous course work pursued in seven (four to five day) residential conferences and one mini-conference during the first year and seven (four to five day) residential conferences during the second year. This model integrates experiential learning within a cohesive, constructed learning community. Click here to see the Seattle Campus Academic Calendar. Both of the LIOS masters programs share this approach with a common, first-year curriculum.

Experiential Learning involves the student as both scientist and participant in the systematic exploration of self, and self in relation to others.

The Learning Community, which develops in the context of seven residential conferences per term, is enriched by the the diversity of its own socio-economic, racial, cultural, and gender composition and fostered with its exceptionally small faculty-to-student ratio of 1:8.

Education within each conference may consist of any or all of the following forms:

  • individual
  • one-on-one
  • group work
  • focused simulations
  • lecture
  • videotaped interactive presentations
  • consistent feedback from faculty and peers

Theoretical Basis for the LIOS Model

The LIOS model rests on the foundations of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) and Systems Theory.

ABS refers to the collection of theories and skills that places the self of the practitioner in the center of observed events. It can be defined as "the art and science of getting things done through and with others." 

Systems Theory recognizes a system as an entity that maintains its existence, and functions as a whole, through the interaction of its parts. It posits that a particular system can be understood only by analyzing or engaging in the system in its entirety. In this program, you will learn the skills needed to analyze and improve a system and its processes whether the system is an individual client, group, or organization.