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Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation
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The Applied Change Project

The applied change project (ACP) is an action research project that is designed to increase individual and organizational capacity for leading and managing change. A cornerstone of the Executive Masters Program and a key requirement for successfully completing the degree, the ACP requires executives to engage in an actual organization development (OD) consultation, either with their own organization or with a client organization, while receiving coaching and supervision from expert program faculty.

Successfully fulfilling the requirements of the ACP involves mastering both the key features of OD consulting (e.g., entry, contracting, diagnosis, intervention, evaluation) and the basic principles of applied and action research. All consultations and interventions are expected to be rigorous, theory-based and empirically-driven, and assisting individuals in meeting these criteria is an integral part of the Executive Masters Program experience.

Those who wish to apply to the program are not required to know the specifics of their project prior to starting the first course module, but they must demonstrate organizational sponsorship from the eventual site of the consultation as part of their admission requirements.