A Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL) is the newest program scheduled to be offered at GA-PCOM on Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee beginning with the college’s fall term in August.
While GA-PCOM offers only graduate and professional level programs, most of which focus on healthcare (osteopathic medicine and pharmacy), the ODL program brings with it a different perspective. “This program will be attractive to individuals in a variety of businesses and organizations where promotion and advancement are dependent upon forward thinking and leadership ability,” according to Bill Clinton, MS, program director and Jeff Branch, EdD, coordinator for the Georgia campus program.
“The approach of this accredited program is unique because it focuses on each enrolled student – their business, industry or organization, their background, their goals, where they are and where they want to be,” he says. Classes are intentionally small, with 12-15 entering students each term. Small classes allow the students to interact and share workplace experiences.
Branch says he expects students will come from a multitude of backgrounds – perhaps banking, healthcare, non-profit organizations and manufacturing to name a few. “The more varied the class, the greater the opportunity for learning,” he adds.
Graduates of the Philadelphia Campus program, on which the model is based, give ODL high marks for changing the lives of many former students. “Not only does the program help students in their workplace and prepare them for upward mobility, many of the skills learned and applied on the job, can also be applicable in their personal lives.”
The ODL program provides a solid foundation in leadership theory, team and organizational dynamics, coaching and consulting, personal and professional development, project management, systems literacy and diagnosis and strategic thinking.
An open house event for interested students will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m., on the campus at 625 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee. Refreshments will be offered beginning at 5:30. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the program. RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org are requested.
Additional information about the ODL program is available at www.pcom.edu.