Organizational Sciences MA

The Organizational Sciences (OS) Graduate Program is designed to push the boundaries of Systems thinking. Our mission is to deliver an integrated, individual-centered curriculum designed to deepen one's understanding of how individuals, groups, and organizations can excel within a global environment.

This mission is accomplished by focusing on three overlapping knowledge areas: strategy & change, leadership & communication, and performance & talent management. An interdisciplinary faculty, with a foundation in systems thinking, drives the OS Graduate Program. The OS Program offers students an opportunity to complete the 12-course curriculum within two years.

Students within the OS Master’s program emerge with a multidimensional systems perspective, geared towards:

  • Integrating solutions
  • Synthesizing information
  • Resolving conflict
  • Sculpting organizations
  • Driving performance
  • Redesigning work processes
  • Enhancing collaboration
  • Leading and innovating
  • Accommodating stakeholders
  • Transforming culture

The Organizational Sciences Master's Program is an Open Enrollment Master's Program at the Arlington Graduate Education Center


12 graduate courses (36 credit hours) are required for completion of the graduate program in Organizational Sciences. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of B. Students must pass a comprehensive examination.

Non-Degree Policy on Admissions and Course-Credit Transfer

Students may register for up to two Foundation courses as a non-degree student prior to admission. Formal admission to a degree program is required prior to taking a third course and prior to taking any courses other than Foundation courses. Important note: Only GWU Organizational Sciences Foundation courses can be transferred from GWU non-degree to GWU degree status. Transfer requests related to courses taken outside of GWU will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they may be accepted into the program for course credit (courses for which a degree has already been granted cannot be submitted for transfer credit).


The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including 27 credits in required courses, 9 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination.

ORSC 6104Statistics in Management, Administration, and Policy Studies
ORSC 6209Management Systems
ORSC 6216Theories and Management of Planned Change
ORSC 6219Managerial Economics
ORSC 6241Strategic Management and Policy Formation
ORSC 6242Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
or COMM 6242 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
ORSC 6243Seminar: Leadership in Complex Organizations
ORSC 6245Seminar: Organizational Behavior
ORSC 6259Psychology of Individual and Group Decision Making
9 credits from the following:
ORSC 6212Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection
ORSC 6214Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems
ORSC 6217Productivity and Human Performance
ORSC 6222Theory and Practice of Compensation Management
ORSC 6223Collective Bargaining
ORSC 6224Persuasion and Negotiation
or COMM 6150 Persuasion
ORSC 6246Comparative Management
ORSC 6248Strategic Human Resource Planning
ORSC 6250Leadership Coaching: Principles and Practices
ORSC 6251Team Coaching and Facilitation
ORSC 6295Directed Research
ORSC 6297Special Topics
ORSC 6298Directed Readings
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination.

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Organizational Sciences Graduate Advisor

Dr. John Procopio
The George Washington University
600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]