Organizations need innovation more than ever

Help bring rapid change that matters.  The Master of Arts in Leadership concentration in Organizational Innovation & Change provides a completely unique learning experience.  You'll work with others to make organizational changes that keep people at the center.

Flexible format

The Master’s in Leadership’s low-residency programs offer students the opportunity to live anywhere and work full-time. The majority of our coursework is online with weekly evening classes and once-a-month virtual Saturday sessions. Students are only required to be on campus for intensive residencies three days at the beginning, middle, and end of the program.


Hands-on projects

We believe that students learn by doing. Every course in the program will have you apply what you learn in a real organization. Rather than learning how to do something in the future, you learn by doing now.

Please visit the GradCAS website for more information and to apply.

Priority Admission
Jan 15

Application Deadline
Aug 1

Rolling admission based on space availability

What to expect

Michael considered dozens of programs. He chose Organizational Innovation and Change because of its real-world innovation focus.

Online, low residency format

Three in-person residencies over 23 months

Highly interactive courses


At Pacific, the professors know your name and care about your success. Our faculty help students develop skills that matter to transform their careers. Our small learning community allows you to build relationships that matter. You won't usually find that in larger university environments.



Changing yourself and organizations

You'll start by building your own leadership skills. Then you'll develop skills for helping groups to change. The program culminates by helping you to support organization-wide change.


Build your toolkit

Not every situation calls for the same solution. You'll learn proven methods for facilitating change in a variety of situations. The program focuses on human-centered approaches like design thinking. You'll also learn tools like process consulting, program evaluation, and coaching.



Video Tour of the Program

Only 23 months to your Masters degree

Year 1, Fall

Year 1, Spring

Year 1, Summer

  • LEAD 251 — Learning Design
  • LEAD 252 — Coaching for Organizational Contexts

Year 2, Fall

  • LEAD 221 — Facilitation of Projects and Initiatives
  • LEAD 258 — Organizational Consulting

Year 2, Spring

  • LEAD 215 — Evaluation for Organizational Effectiveness
  • LEAD 259 — Organizational Learning

Year 2, Summer

  • LEAD 296L — Integrative Capstone in Innovative Leadership

Certificate Pathways

After Spring Year 1, students earn the Leading and Facilitating Innovation Certificate. This credential demonstrates your competence in leadership and facilitation of various innovation and change processes.  

After Spring Year 2, students earn the Strategic Consulting Certificate. This credential demonstrates your competence in working with clients to facilitate change aimed at strategic objectives. 

The Master’s in Leadership - Organizational Innovation and Change Program has several partnership pathways to support students transitioning into a graduate degree.

UC Davis

UC Irvine

We have two 10-week online summer professional development courses that can be used toward the master’s:

  • Human-Centered Learning Design
    • The course meets online most Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. And for virtual residency on Saturday, May 20, Jun 17, and Jul 15 (8:30 am – 11:45 am). 
  • Organizational Coaching
    • Course meets online most Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. And for virtual residency on Saturday, May 20, Jun 17, and Jul 15 (1:15 pm - 4:30 pm). 
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Professors Who Change Organizations

Our faculty members are award-winning leaders, consultants, trainers, and educators. They transform students through their teaching and have active leadership and consulting practices.

As Benerd College’s graduate programs are hybrid, distance learning opportunities, University of the Pacific cannot issue Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for prospective students seeking sponsorship via F or J visas.  Should you have any follow-up questions, please contact the Office of International Programs and Services at


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