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.

  • Organization Development and Change processes are planned organization-wide, designed to increase organization effectiveness and health,
  • Through planned interventions in the organization's "processes,” using behavioral, systems and management science knowledge focusing on developing organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, people, rewards and metrics.
  • Leading change is often conducted through organization development, professional development, leadership development and organizational effectiveness activities.
  • Opportunities for organization development and change professionals include business, education, not-for-profit, 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

MAODC Program Chair


Dr. Ken Rossi is an Assistant Professor of Organization Development and Change at Hawaii Pacific University where he is also the faculty chair for the Masters of Organization Development and Change (MAODC) program.

Before joining HPU Dr. Rossi served as NASA’s Organization and Employee Development Training Manager working out of Ames Research center in Mountainview, California.

Dr. Rossi’s research is in the area of leadership and leadership development and is currently conducting research on the impact of simulations on leadership and organizational behavior. Prior to NASA, Dr. Rossi ran a career transition program, satellite campus operation, and served in the US Army as a leader, trainer and Organizational Effectiveness consultant and educator.

Dr. Rossi holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Organization Development, and a master’s degree in Counseling from Chapman University, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chaminade University and is a graduate of the US Army Organizational Effectiveness Staff Officer’s School at Fort Ord, California and is a Senior Registered OD Professional.

Dr. Rossi has worked extensively throughout the United States and the Pacific including Samoa, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Panama, and other areas of South and Central America.

"Teaching in the MAODC program at HPU is a privilege on many levels," shares Rossi.  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.  Rossi 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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HPU MBA Rankings


Ranked in the 25 Best MBA Programs for International Business Online for 2019 - Best College Reviews

Ranked in the Best 25 Online MBA Programs - The Best Schools

Ranked in the Top 20 Best International Business Schools - International Business Guide 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)