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PhD Human and Organizational Systems

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 PhD Human And Organizational Systems
Human and Organizational Systems (HOS) examines organizational, community, and social systems through studies in management, systems theory, and related social sciences. HOS students frequently serve as practitioners in organizational consulting, human resources, and management.
Organizations and businesses are seeking strategic advice to help them fully develop. The field of organizational systems grew out of the need to answer these key questions:
  • How do we build great organizations?
  • How can we support people in those organizations to develop their potential?
  • How will we maximize the relationship of people and organizations to the changing business, social, and political climate?
  • How do we develop the structures, processes and leadership that help organizations thrive in the face of today’s challenging environment? 
Individual experience and knowledge informs research, theory and practice within this PhD program to address the challenges of modern global organizations. Together with the faculty, students create a vibrant, collegial interchange that infuses our learning community with new ideas and enthusiasm.  Students and alumni constitute a highly experienced professional network expected of graduate doctoral education.


  • Remain in your local community while learning with people who work as practitioners in organization change and development, human resources, and training in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.
  • Engage with a global student group sharing diverse professional backgrounds in corporate HR and training, leadership and management, healthcare, information technology, university teaching, community development, and coaching.
  • Study with leading faculty mentors who bring experiential and academic expertise in management, systems, philosophy, sociology and psychology.
  • Network with professionally recognized alumni who put their research into practice.

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"I earned my PhD without putting my career on hold."

-Andrea Zintz, PhD, Alumna

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