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

Temple University AODPreparing professional for positions in the fields of adult learning and organizational development

Temple University's Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development (Ed.M in AOD) unique program is designed for professionals who deal with any aspect of organizational development, leadership development, organizational change, or learning and development.

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.

AOD Mailing ListClassroom instruction and assignments draw heavily on your 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 professionals who work in a wide range of settings, including educational institutions, businesses, consulting agencies, healthcare institutions, governmental and community organizations, and non-profit groups. Graduates of the program pursue careers in human resource management, training and adult development, organizational management, consulting, community organizing, conflict intervention and mediation.

All courses are taught in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate full-time working schedules. The first intake for the Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development (M.Ed in AOD) is currently accepting applications.




All Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development (M.Ed in AOD) degree candidates must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits, including 12 credits of core courses, 21 credits of AOD courses 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 Courses

  • 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.


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Admission to the Temple University Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development (M.Ed in AOD) program is a competitive process in which your availability, aptitude and potential are assessed.

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed 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. 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.
  • A 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.

Mailing Address:
International Executive Education Center
ERCI Campus
30 Prinsep Street, #01-01
Singapore 188 647

Application Deadlines
To be considered for admission, your complete application, including all required supplemental materials must be post-marked no later than February 1, 2014




The tuition fee is US$35,000 plus US$2,400 course materials fee. Tuition fee will be payable by installments. The payment schedule will be advised upon acceptance into the Program. Tuition fee covers all classes, assignments and examinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I start the master's degree as a non-matriculated student without being enrolled in a certificate program?

A: Yes, you 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: 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 conducted at IEEC's classroom at Boon Siew Building. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends.

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: 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: 12 months.

Q: What are the tuition rates for the AOD program? 

A: The tuition fee is US$35,000 plus US$2,400 course materials fee. 

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