Adult and Organizational Development

FAQ - AOD Master's Program

Frequently Asked Questions About Adult and Organizational Development Ed.M. Program at Temple

Q: If I start by enrolling in one of the certificate programs, can I then apply to the master's degree and count the courses I have taken toward the Ed.M.?
A: Yes, credits completed in either AOD certificate program can be applied to the master's degree program.  However, if you are going to apply to the master's program you need to do so before you enroll in the fourth course of the certificate program.

Q: Can I start the master's degree as a non-matriculated student without being enrolled in a certificate program?
A: Yes, students can take up to 9 credits of AOD coursework without having been admitted to the program or without entering a certificate program. Some students take AOD coursework while they are completing their application.

Q: Can I start the program in either the Fall or Spring semester?
A: Yes, it is possible to begin taking classes in either semester. 

Q: If I am an international student, what do I need to do when applying to the AOD master's degree?
A: Prior to applying to the master's degree you will want to contact the Office of International Services regarding the admissions process and required documents. For additional information, please visit

Q: What backgrounds do most students have as they enter the AOD master's degree program and what are students' professional aspirations?
A: AOD students have diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Those enrolled in our programs have academic degrees in varied fields, including: education, business, liberal arts, social work, psychology, nursing, hospitality, sports psychology and communication.  
Students work in and prepare for diverse positions in a wide range of organizational sectors, including local and global non-profit and for-profit organizations in education, government, corporate, community and religious settings. AOD's diverse student body contributes richly to the AOD experience.

Q: When and where are the AOD courses offered?
A: All of AOD's coursework is offered at Temple's Center City Campus at 1515 Market Street, in Philadelphia, Pa. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends. Courses may be offered during the summer, usually in a one- or two-week format.

Q: Do most students work while they are enrolled in the program?
A: Yes, the majority of students in the master's degree and the certificate programs work full-time while they are enrolled in AOD coursework. Most classes draw heavily from students' professional experience in applying course content and developing application strategies.

Q: Does the program require that students complete an internship?
A: Students are not required to complete an internship, but internship credit is available for students who want to pursue this option. AOD faculty provides support in identifying internship opportunities suited to each student's particular professional goals.

Q: Is there a comprehensive exam?
A: No, there is not a comprehensive exam.  
Instead, the capstone experience is a required proseminar in which students synthesize and apply the entire range of learning across their coursework in challenging projects that contribute to their capacities and credentials as an AOD professional.

Q: How long does it take to complete the master's degree program?
A: This varies depending upon the number of classes that students take each semester. 
If students take a three-course load each term, the degree can be completed in two years. However, because most students work full-time, they usually take two or fewer courses per term and complete the program over a longer time period.

Q: What are the tuition rates for the AOD program? 
A: For up-to-date information on tuition and fees for graduate courses, please go to: Temple University Tuition Rate Schedule

Q: Are there opportunities for graduate assistantships or teaching assistantships?
A: The program has a limited number of graduate and teaching assistantships for full-time master's students. Interested applicants should contact the program director regarding these opportunities.