Adult & Organizational Development at Temple University

Adult & Organizational Development (AOD) Masters in Education (Ed.M.)

The master's program prepares students for professional positions in the fields of adult learning and organizational development.

Temple's program supports professionals whose work focuses on facilitating developmental changes in individuals, teams and organizations.

Coursework draws from social science theory and research to develop students' diagnostic and intervention skills in the areas of adult learning, strategic communication, systems perspectives, group decision-making, team development, training design, conflict management and conflict intervention. 

Classroom instruction and assignments draw heavily on students' professional experience and are aimed at developing applied intervention strategies that are useful in diverse workplace settings. 

The program in Adult and Organizational Development encourages applications from students who work in a wide range of settings, including educational institutions, businesses, consulting agencies, healthcare institutions, governmental and community organizations, and non-profit groups. 

All courses are taught in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate full-time working schedules. 

Graduates of the program pursue careers in human resource management, training and adult development, organizational management, consulting, community organizing, conflict intervention and mediation.

Program Requirements

All Ed.M. degree candidates must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits, including 12 credits of core courses, 15 credits of AOD electives, 6 credits of non-AOD electives and a 3-credit capstone course.

Required Core Courses

  • AOD 5401 (0502) System Dynamics
  • AOD 5402 (0508) Communication and Conflict
  • AOD 5403 (0504) Facilitation of Adult Learning
  • AOD 5404 (0506) Organizational Communication


  • AOD 5515 (0515) Conflict Resolution in Education 
  • AOD 5516 (0516) Negotiation Processes
  • AOD 5518 (0518) Third Party Intervention
  • AOD 5522 (0522) Interpersonal Skills Training
  • AOD 5524 (0524) Socio-cultural Dynamics
  • AOD 5527 (0523) Training Design and Delivery
  • AOD 5532 (0532) Leadership and Management
  • AOD 5533 (0533) Team Development
  • AOD 5534 (0534) Group Facilitation and Consultation
  • AOD 5535 (0531) Organizational Assessment, Design, and Strategy
  • AOD 5540 (0542) Current Topics in AOD


AOD (9231) (0600) Proseminar in AOD: The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to design and complete a culminating project that applies the principles of AOD theory and practice. The capstone course must be taken in the last semester of a student's coursework and after completion of the four required AOD core courses. Students can take only one other elective course while they are enrolled in the capstone course.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Temple University AOD program is a competitive process in which your availability, aptitude and potential are assessed. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed Graduate School Online Application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended.

    Note: Undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale) of either 3.0 for all undergraduate work, or 3.5 for the last two years in the applicant's major 

    Note: If applicant's undergraduate GPA is lower than the above criteria, applicant can enroll as a Non-Degree Seeking student in three AOD Master's courses. If the applicant earns a GPA of 3.25 or better, he/she may be eligible for admission
  • Official score report on either the Miller Analogies Test, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) taken no longer than 5 years prior to application.

    Note: Students who choose not to submit the above test scores can choose to enroll as a non-matriculated student in three AOD masters courses (two of which are core courses).  If the applicant obtains a GPA of 3.25 across these courses, he or she may be eligible for admission without submitting standardized test scores.
  • A current resume.
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation [pdf]. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.
  • statement of goals. The Statement of Goals is typically two pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for 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.

Submitting Your Materials

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Office of Enrollment Management 
College of Education, Temple University
150 Ritter Annex (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Note: submitting materials via mail may delay the processing of your application. Please allow additional processing time before your application will be reviewed. The College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, your complete application, including all required supplemental materials must be post-marked no later than:

  • For spring admission: November 1
  • For fall admission: April 1

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and to periodically check TUPortal ( as to the status of their materials.

For more information about upcoming events for prospective students please contact:

Office of Enrollment Management
(215) 204-8011