Master of Arts in Organization Development and Change

Today’s organizations need profession-ready global leaders who can master rapidly changing markets, new technologies, workforce needs and government regulation. Graduates of the MAODC program can find many options for rewarding careers across a wide array of industries and organizations.

  • Change leadership is often conducted across the areas of organizational development, professional development, leadership development, change management and organizational effectiveness.

  • Opportunities for global change and development professionals include business, higher education, not-for-profits, government, consulting and politics.

Did you know?

HPU’s MAODC program is affiliated with the International Society for Organization Development (ISOD).

The Master of Arts in Organization Development and Change (MAODC) program at Hawaii‘i Pacific University prepares you to be a global problem solver. Our graduates facilitate organizational and cultural change around the world and often return to guide and mentor. Students explore concepts from management, sociology, anthropology, organizational development, psychology of technology, and economics. They design innovations and work with programs in actual organizations.

A diverse faculty and student cohort bring an international perspective to the curriculum. When designing and implementing positive organizational change, one important consideration is recognizing cultural diversity. The MAODC program takes a global view. HPU features a multicultural learning environment that takes full advantage of Honolulu’s status as an international business community.

MAODC faculty members are excellent teachers and engaged mentors for all students. Our professors bring real-world experience and relevant knowledge from businesses and organizations around the United States and the world.

Individuals wishing to apply to the MAODC degree program at HPU are required to submit the following:

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Application
  • Final Offical Transcripts showing conferred Bachelor's degree, Master's if applicable
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • MAODC will allow (1) one military evaluation (dated within the last 2 years) in lieu of (1) one letter of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Application Fee

International Applicants: the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MAODC program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5.  See here for additional requirements for International students. 

  • Fall Only

Dr. Lindsey Gibson

Dr. Lindsey A. Gibson is an associate professor of Organizational Management at Hawaii Pacific University where she is also the faculty chair for the Masters of Organization Development and Change (MAODC) program. 

"Teaching in the MAODC program at HPU is a privilege on many levels," shares Gibson.  First, the diversity of our student body adds an eclectic mix of perspectives and experiences to our class discussions.  In my opinion, this dynamic is not duplicated anywhere else in the Pacific Rim.  Second, the faculty in the MAODC program also come from diverse backgrounds. Our faculty present our curriculum from both the academic and practitioner oriented viewpoints which allows students to gain the best from both worlds. 

Finally, our focus on project-based learning gives our students opportunities to work with local businesses and solve real issues facing those organizations.  Our students practice what they will be doing in the consulting field.  Gibson teaches in both the MAODC and MBA programs at Hawaii Pacific University.

Recent MAODC grads enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton 

  • Daimler Chrysler AG 

  • Digitel, Inc. 

  • Federal Aviation Administration 

  • Johnson & Johnson, Inc. 

  • State of Hawaii 

  • U.S. Marine Corps 

  • U.S. Navy

Success comes naturally to HPU MAODC alumni, including:

  • Terry Janocko (’00), President at Network 1 Services and Telecommunications Consultant 
  • George Flanagan (’07), Manager, Learning Management, Johnson & Johnson 
  • CDR Ken Weeks (’07), Chief Operations Officer at Department of Defense, Annapolis, Maryland 
  • Lorain Prevaux (’05), Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton

Professional Graduate Certificates

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For Information on How to Apply, contact:

Jasmine Kauhane

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

808-544-0232 |


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