“BGI continues to attract strong partners like OSR to create an innovative, thriving environment to equip social entrepreneurs and organizational leaders with the resources needed to transform business, non-profits, and the public sector.”

Gifford Pinchot III, President and Co-founder of Bainbridge Graduate Institute

MA in Organizational Leadership

The Organization Systems Renewal® (OSR) Program at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute earns you a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. This is your opportunity to achieve excellence as a leader of change within your organization and community.

OSR Master’s program is a two-year, rigorous dive-into-life experience designed to take you to the intersection of personal growth and professional development. During your experience, you’ll study the theories that describe the workings of complex organizational systems as you experience how the theories play out in learning groups large, medium and small. You’ll discover how to use systems thinking and design thinking to effectively address complex challenges. And you’ll work with processes that improve your collaboration, creativity and compassion to help you become a more effective agent of change.

If you want to expand your leadership skills, you’ll find the OSR Master’s program a rewarding investment for life. You will learn to lead and improve any organization or human activity by having the skills and confidence to empower, align, and mobilize people to achieve extraordinary results.

This two-year, cohort-based program awards a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership.

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Many people support your learning journey, starting with you.

  • History — The roots of the OSR Master’s program are rich and deep. The program was founded with the help of pioneers in the field of whole systems approaches to organizational change, including Gordon Lippitt, Ronald Lippitt, Eva Schindler-Rainman, Oscar Mink, and Virginia Satir.
  • Interdisciplinary interconnections — Academic knowledge focuses on systems, organizations, design, change, intervention, leadership, group dynamics, inquiry, global, and multicultural perspectives. Skill development and application sessions help you translate theory into practical action.
  • Take charge of your learning — Create your own learning experience based on principles of adult learning theory: self-direction, learning goals, relevance to life experience and practical application.
  • Learning in community — A dynamic, interactive and collaborative interplay of student and faculty perspectives. Faculty advisors participate in all sessions as co-learners with you.
  • Prominent visiting presenters — Engage with leading thinkers and practitioners connected to the field of leading organizational change.
  • Design teams — A portion of the curriculum is designed and delivered by student-led design teams. Each year you will select a design team topic for in-depth study. These teams, mentored by a faculty advisor, offer real-time learning in design and group dynamics.
  • Collaborative learning groups — During each weekend session 12 students and their faculty advisor meet to support each other’s learning.
  • Mentoring Councils — You will create your own mentoring council to help support, clarify and challenge your learning. The committee consists of your faculty advisor, a peer advisor from the cohort and field advisors from the external community.
  • Theory paper — During the summer quarter, you will research a theory base related to your individual program goals.
  • Consulting Team — In your 5th quarter you will join a team of fellow student change agents from your cohort and apply your learning with an organization or community client to assist with challenging and important issues facing the client.
  • Capstone Project — During the second year of the program, you will engage in a consultation project as a way to demonstrate your ability to move theory into practice in an organizational setting.
  • Schedule — Your cohort meets once each month for seven consecutive quarters. Campus sessions, ranging from 3–5 days, are held over weekends in Seattle. Two weeklong residential sessions are held off-site near Port Orchard, Washington.


  • We promote teaching and learning that is student-centered and engages the whole person.
  • We create and nurture a learning community.
  • We operate collaboratively and engage in co-learning with students, colleagues, and partners.
  • We practice inquiry and critical thinking, and avoid an expert model of teaching or consulting.
  • We model systemic thinking and a designer’s perspective.
  • We foster an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • We are honest and open with students, colleagues and partners.


The OSR Graduate Program requires a minimum of 58 credits taken over the course of 7 quarters.  Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.

Selection criteria – we are looking for a fit regarding:

  • Ability to engage in self-directed and reflective learning;
  • Engagement in whole person learning and personal growth;
  • Experience working with groups, organizations and/or change;
  • Opportunity to apply learning in organizational settings;
  • Critical thinking and clear written/oral communication skills;
  • Willingness to collaborate in a learning community;
  • Commitment to full participation in the 22 months of the OSR Master’s program.

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