Graduate Bulletin

Adult and Organizational Development, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: May 1

Spring: November 1

All applications are processed as they are received in as timely a manner as possible.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A bachelor's degree is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals is typically two pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for seeking a master's degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required, although no minimum score is specified.  It is expected, however, that the scores will generally be no less than 500 in each section of the GRE and the scores for the MAT will be generally no less than the 50th percentile.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred in from an accredited institution provided they were completed less than five years ago and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevancy of the courses that the student desires to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36, including 12 credits of core courses, 15 credits of AOD electives, 6 credits of non-AOD electives, and a 3-credit capstone course

Required Courses:

Core Courses:

AOD 5401: System Dynamics

AOD 5402: Communication and Conflict

AOD 5403: Facilitating Adult Learning

AOD 5404: Organizational Communication

At least five electives in AOD chosen from:

AOD 5515: Conflict Resolution in Education

AOD 5516: Negotiation Processes

AOD 5518: Third Party Intervention

AOD 5522: Interpersonal Skills Training

AOD 5524: Socio-cultural Dynamics

AOD 5527: Training Design and Delivery

AOD 5532: Leadership and Management

AOD 5533: Team Development

AOD 5534: Group Facilitation and Consultation

AOD 5535: Organizational Assessment, Design, and Strategy

AOD 5540: Current Topics in AOD

Capstone Course:

AOD 9231: Proseminar in AOD

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Capstone Course Sequence (AOD 9231):
The capstone course is a proseminar. In the first part of the seminar, students are assigned to groups that function as consulting teams, working on cases, simulations, and/or general questions provided by the faculty. The second part of the seminar is devoted to having students identify, develop, and complete individual learning projects. The seminar concludes with a session in which AOD faculty provide feedback to students. The evaluation is based both on group and individual performance. The capstone course must be taken in the last semester of a student's coursework and after completion of the 4 required AOD core courses.  Students can take only one other elective course while they are enrolled in the capstone course.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Adult and Organizational Development Program
College of Education
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Department Contacts:


Dr. Joseph Folger

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Joseph Folger

Department Chairperson:

Dr. Joseph DuCette

About the Program

The master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development integrates the theory and practice of adult learning, applied communication, and systems dynamics in developing groups, organizations, and communities. AOD is designed for students who aspire to be conflict management professionals, trainers, team facilitators, and organizational/human resource consultants. Using diverse instructional methods, we enhance capacities for assessing and intervening in organizational, group, and interpersonal processes through various roles, including teaching, training, research, planning, conflict management and dispute resolution, and consulting. The program is open to students seeking either a first or second master's degree.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:

Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.  One weekend class (AOD 9231) is required.   Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program has a strong interdisciplinary focus. Students are encouraged to take courses throughout the University, especially in communication sciences, counseling psychology, educational psychology, human resource administration, and instructional technology. In addition, the program concentrates on applications in a wide variety of educational settings: formal and informal; public and private; schools and industries, etc.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The program is listed with the Organizational Development Network and the American Society of Training and Development.

Areas of Specialization:

The program features coursework in three areas: 1) Adult Learning and Training, which concentrates on developing and teaching instructional/training programs for adult personal and professional development; 2) Organizational and Team Development, which develops assessment, planning, facilitation, and consulting skills to help teams and organizations design and implement change; and 3) Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution, which involves developing models and best practices for positive conflict cultures and third party interventions.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically pursue careers in large private and public organizations; firms that specialize in training/organizational development and conflict resolution; adult education centers; and independent practice.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students may take up to 9 credits prior to admission. In general, all of the program's courses are open to non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Financing of the program is the student’s responsibility.  Those without the requisite funding may contact the Student Financial Services Office at or 215-204-2244 for options.

April 2008