National Labor College Cohort


The ODKM-NLC program is the result of a partnership between Mason’s School of Public Policy and the National Labor College. Students affiliated with a union join a special cohort that focuses on issues and challenges relevant to labor organizations. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Master of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.

To participate in this cohort, students must be affiliated with a union. All others should apply to the regular ODKM cohort program offered at Mason’s School of Public Policy—Arlington Campus.

We are currently accepting applications for ODKM-NLC Cohort 3, which will begin in the fall 2013 term.


ODKM – NLC Cohort 2 SchedulePDF icon

ODKM-NLC Cohort 3 Schedule – Full Schedule Coming Soon. The first class residency period for Cohort 3 will be Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 18, 2013.


The ODKM-NLC program combines online collaborative learning and in-person instruction during scheduled residencies at Mason’s Arlington, VA campus. Students admitted to the program pay in-state tuition prices, no matter where they currently reside.

Tuition and fees are billed by George Mason University’s Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) prior to each residency period. Several weeks before your cohort’s first class, OCPE will send an email with Contract Course Enrollment forms and Contract Course Payment forms. All students are required to complete this paperwork and pay their tuition bill for the residency period by the date stipulated by OCPE. This will be approximately two weeks before the first class.

Estimated cost per billing period varies due to the number of credit hours for each class, student and technology fees, etc., but will range between $2,000 and $6,800.

Current Tuition:

Academic Year 2013-2014 tuition prices: $693.25/per credit hour.

Total tuition for the program is $24,957.

Credit Hours: The ODKM-NLC degree requires 36* credit hours.

*This assumes that students will be waived from a 3-credit internship requirement. Formal assessment as to whether a student will be required to complete this internship will take place once a student has matriculated in the program.

Books: Cost of books will also vary by residency, but expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $400 per residency period.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Federal assistance is available for students. The School of Public Policy also offers merit-based scholarships for incoming students. For more information regarding tuition assistance, please visit our Tuition and Financial Assistance web page.


Group Dynamics and Team Learning
Organizations, Management, & Work: Theory & Practice Creating Learning Organizations
Social and Organizational Inquiry|
Culture, Organizations, and Technology
Strategic Knowledge Management
Collaborative Technologies for Knowledge Sharing
Leadership, Governance, & Policy Processes
Consulting Skills for Organizational Change
Organization Development Practices
Learning community

Application Requirements and Deadline:

For admission to the ODKM – NLC program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college. This cohort is only for those affiliated with a Union and participating through the National Labor College.

Application Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2013

*In order to be reviewed all application materials must be submitted by the deadline.


Application Requirements:

  • Please download the ODKM NLC Application
  • Two official transcripts from all university-level work
  • Resume
  • A 750-1,000 word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who is qualified to attest your academic potential
  • A letter from the President of the Union or Union representative with which you are affiliated

Send all application materials to:

School of Public Policy Graduate Admissions Office
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Overnight Accommodations:

All ODKM – NLC admitted students can obtain accommodations at various hotels in the Arlington community. For more information, please visit Mason’s hotel resources page for the Arlington campus:

Contact Information:

Stephanie Floyd
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University School of Public Policy
(703) 993-3182

Carol Rodgers
Director of Admissions
National Labor College
(301) 431-5440

Courses You’ll Take

 Creating Learning Organizations
Reevaluate traditional management approaches in light of global economies, instantaneous communication, changing technologies, and diverse workgroups in knowledge societies. Develop skills for “double- and triple-loop learning” and reflection.

 Strategic Knowledge Management
An in-depth look at the distinction between technology-oriented knowledge management practices and people-oriented ones, with an emphasis on leveraging and sharing knowledge to get work done well and develop more effective organizations.

Consulting Skills for Organizational Change
Explore various theories and practices of change management, collaborative consulting, action research, and organization development. Students combine their understanding of organization development, values, and personal style to perform effectively in consulting roles.

Group Dynamics and Team Learning
Develop various competencies to facilitate team learning for organizational effectiveness by exploring various aspects of group dynamics such as power, perception, motivation, leadership, emotional and appreciative intelligence, and decision making.

SPP's faculty and student and career services team are committed to helping students make excellent use of the academic and professional opportunities offered by Mason Policy, George Mason University, and the Washington region. Advising services are comprehensive and accessible when students need them.

More than 70% of SPP students pursue their degrees while continuing to work full- or part-time. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate the busy schedules of professional students.

In addition to top-notch courses, Mason Policy students can take advantage of professional development opportunities offered by faculty and staff. Whether it's networking with Mason Policy alumni, brushing up on resume and interviewing skills, or learning how to get on the career fast-track, the tools that rising policy-makers need to get ahead are at SPP students' fingertips.

In-state students receive a better education at SPP for a fraction of the cost of private institutions in the D.C. area; tuition for out-of-state students is lower as well. Scholarship opportunities are available for highly-qualified applicants and continuing students.