Advocacy and Organizational Development MEd


Learn more about the Master of Education in Advocacy and Organizational Development.

About the Program

The interdisciplinary MEd program in Advocacy and Organizational Development is led by faculty trained in anthropology, education, law, psychology, sociology and other fields. Coursework is based in social science, conflict theory, and quantitative and qualitative research that develops students’ skills in:

  • diagnosing issues in organizations and communities;
  • developing interventions;
  • promoting community or organizational well-being;
  • managing conflict and conducting negotiation or mediation;
  • preparing schools, communities and organizations to advocate on their own behalf;
  • building diverse and inclusive relationships and teams; and
  • conducting research for an organization or community.

The goal of the program is to develop civic-minded individuals who support organizations, communities and nonprofit organizations through community engagement; informed research; organizational dynamics; and theory and skills, including rigorous study of advocacyClassroom instruction and assignments draw on students’ experience along with training in conceptual, theoretical and methodological applications.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program has a strong interdisciplinary focus. In addition, the coursework concentrates on empowering and engaging all individuals in and out of formalized organizations, whether for-profit or nonprofit.

Accreditation: The program is listed with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Organizational Development Network (OD Network).

Areas of Specialization: The program features coursework in three areas:

  • adult learning and training, which concentrates on developing and teaching instructional/training programs for adult personal and professional development;
  • organizational and team development, which develops assessment, planning, facilitation and consulting skills to help teams and organizations design and implement change; and
  • conflict management and dispute resolution, which involves developing models and best practices for positive conflict cultures and third-party interventions.

Job Prospects: The MEd degree in Advocacy and Organizational Development prepares students for applied positions focusing on advocacy, engagement and development within educational, community and organizational settings.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students completing non-matriculated courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

Financing Opportunities: Financial support opportunities may include scholarships, tuition remission, and other financial aid such as grants, loans and federal work study.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1

Applicants should submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, outline your interest in 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:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Core Courses
AOD 5301People-Centered Community Development3
AOD 5302Introduction to Mission-Driven Organizations: Theory and Practice3
AOD 5402Negotiating Conflict3
AOD 5404Organizational Development3
AOD 5524Sociocultural Dynamics3
AOD 5527Training Design and Delivery3
EDAD 5201Action and Collaborative Research Seminar3
EPSY 5551Introduction to Program Evaluation3
URBE 5417The Urban Environment3
Electives 19
Total Credit Hours36

Culminating Events: Successful completion of coursework is required to earn the MEd degree.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education and Human Development

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


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