MA and PhD Distinctive Features

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We're Unique

In the School of Organizational Leadership & Transformation, our courses emphasize both scholarly organizational research and practical applications including understanding organizational culture and managing organizational change. Our students combine essential leadership traits with well-rounded scholarship. Many features set Saybrook's masters and doctoral degree programs in Organizational Systems apart from programs elsewhere:

  • Learning Community: The ongoing reflection and support provided by a learning community of faculty and students help active and nascent leaders to become effective change agents.
  • Strong foundation courses that bridge theory and practice: The theoretical foundations of these degree develop core competencies in systems thinking, leading organizational transformation, action research, and values-based leadership.
  • Culminating research project: In the Saybrook tradition of nurturing scholar-practitioners, the programs engage students in leadership development activities through experiential learning, individual and group projects, research and dialog forums, and a final research project (of different scope for MA and PhD students) that involves an action-research or systems design engagement in an organizational context.
  • Growing network of practitioners in the field: The core and adjunct faculty within OLT and across Saybrook are part of an intentional network of leaders and organizations in the field interested in providing project, scholarship, and career opportunities for students.