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Application Process

You must submit a complete application package, including items required by American University for graduate admissions, as part of the application process for the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application materials are received by the deadline. When all materials have been received by the Admissions Office, you will be invited to schedule the required admissions interview with the Director and complete the short onsite writing sample.


Cohort 73 begins January 9, 2016.
Application deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015. Admissions are rolling.

Please check the Admissions Information Session page for upcoming sessions.



A complete application includes:

  1. Graduate admissions application form. You must complete this form online. We strongly suggest that you save a copy of all information you submit, in case there is a problem with transmitting the application. Once your application is in progress, all of your answers will be saved. When you feel that your application is complete, please check all sections thoroughly before pressing the "submit" button at the top of the application page.
  2. A statement of purpose describing how you believe the MSOD education will further your career and professional/personal development. This should include your understanding of the field of Organization Development, the MSOD philosophy and curriculum, and your approach to learning. You are presenting your “case” for admission to the program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation speaking to your potential for success in the field and this program. One or both letters should address your potential in organizational leadership or as an OD practitioner. While it is preferred that one recommendation come from your supervisor and one come from a person who can speak to your academic potential, it is completely acceptable for both letters of recommendation to come from past and present work colleagues and supervisors.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if any).* This includes the original transcript(s) of any coursework transferred to the undergraduate school from which you graduated. Credits from other university courses cannot be applied to the MSOD program because of its unique nature, the sequence of the courses, and the need to maintain the cohort group cohesion. The online application will request that you upload your unofficial transcript(s). Official transcripts will only be requested upon acceptance to the program. If you do not have a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) on hand to upload to you application, only then may you send in your official transcripts directly to the University's Graduate Admissions Office for review with your application.

    *Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with at least a "B" average in the last 60 semester hours at his/her undergraduate institution. Exceptions may be made for highly qualified non-degreed applicants with outstanding records of accomplishment. In such circumstances, such a candidate may be admitted provisionally and, after completing four graded courses with a grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or better, may be advanced to full standing.
  5. Two samples of your written work, which may include college or grad school papers, reports, memoranda, articles, or portions thereof. These samples should indicate your potential for producing graduate-level thought and writing.
  6. An optional list of personal growth workshops and other laboratory trainings attended, including professional training of a non-experiential nature. Please list the course title, dates, location, sponsoring organization, and instructor.
  7. A complete resume or CV listing past employment experience, including responsibilities, skills obtained, significant travel, languages spoken, certifications and education.
  8. TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test scores (International Students Only). The Institutional code for the TOEFL and IELTS is 5007. The preferred minimum TOEFL for international students is 250 on the computer test and 100 on the IBT. The preferred minimum IELTS score is 7. The preferred minimum on Pearson Test of English is 68. The CFIS (Certification of Finances for International Students) and a bank statement are required, but they may be submitted after admission. Register for TOEFL here; Pearson Test of English (PTE) here. The University code for PTE is X1Q-K6-10.
  9. Applicants must also complete an interview with the AU MSOD Director. An AU MSOD staff member will contact you to schedule your interview after receipt of all of your application materials.

For questions related to your application, please contact the AU MSOD Recruitment Specialist
at (202) 885-6212.

You may submit your application electronically through our online system.

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