Magnify Immersion Program
Magnify Immersion Program


An Update about Magnify 2023

Thanks for your interest in the Magnify Program and our work at the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO). We are working together here at CPO and with our partner organizations to create a bigger, better Magnify. 

We will be offering Magnify for spring term 2023 with full details coming in the new year. If you are interested in being notified when there is more information, please fill out the following form:


What is the Magnify Immersion Program?

A spring semester academic course (MO 355) that brings Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) to U-M’s best and brightest students in order to learn, identify, and employ the principles and practices that empowers people to:

  • Create positive work environments
  • Improve their workplace culture
  • Discover untapped possibilities
What is Positive Organizational Scholarship?

Our field of study, Positive Organizational Scholarship, was founded at the University of Michigan and is a subfield of Management and Organizations. The field is committed to revealing and nurturing the highest level of human potential. Organizations are using POS to empower people to create positive work environments, improve workplace culture, and discover what is truly possible with their employees.

Listen to what former students have to say about Magnify
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The class and students

The Magnify program welcomes 40-50 U-M undergrads, commonly studying business or organizational studies with an interest in POS-related practices and research. The course is composed of three components:

  1. Class work
  2. Action-learning
  3. Integrated reflection

To explore the classwork, please review the 2020 Magnify course syllabus.

Top five reasons you should apply:
  1. Immersive learning like never before: Our alums say that the Magnify learning experience – with our vibrant classroom and field trips to inspirational positive organizations – was unlike any other class they’ve had at U-M! Our curriculum stands out too as students learn and apply the latest POS research, principles, and practices with devoted and passionate instructors and coaches.
  2. Bringing research to real organizations: Student teams spend a week embedded at a partner organization. The teams are hosted by high-level change agents and use evidence-based tools and field research methods to interpret the organization’s positive capabilities such as resilience, gratitude, and compassion. Sample partner organizations include Cascade Engineering, Pet Supplies Plus, Michigan Medicine, and imageOne.
  3. A resume-worthy experience: Students gain a set of skills to articulate and apply POS research, and leave with concrete examples of unlocking organizational potential. Students discover their own positive identity and explore potential trajectories for career growth as change agents.
  4. Earn 6 credits in 7 weeks: Students enroll in MO 355 which meets daily throughout the spring term including one week off-site at a partner organization.
  5. Join a community of change agents: Every year we see friendships grow inside and outside of the classroom. The program design emphasizes an interpersonal environment where people feel welcomed, valued, safe to learn, and engaged in active growth. We are dedicated to cultivating a diverse community of students who will learn how to recognize and apply their own strengths and the strengths of others.
View Book

Flip through our view book to read stories from past Magnify students, organizational partners, alumni, and more.