Apr 24, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Organizational Psychology, M.S.

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Required credits (36)

The Organizational Psychology program addresses the critical leadership skills required to enhance organizational effectiveness. Today’s leaders and managers need to know how to promote teamwork, manage transitions, and restructure organizations. The Organizational Psychology program provides a theoretical framework in organizational behavior and allows students to evaluate and improve their own skills in research design, data collection and analysis, communication, facilitation, and leadership. The program helps students develop both their theoretical understanding of individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational issues, and their ability to put that theory into practice. This integration of theory and practice prepares graduates to lead, manage, and/or consult with dynamic and diverse organizations operating in a global environment.

The 36-credit-hour program is designed to meet the needs of three groups of students. It provides (1) a strong foundation for students who intend to pursue further graduate work, (2) solid training and practicum opportunities for students who wish to terminate with a master’s degree and apply their acquired skills and knowledge in the marketplace, and (3) an opportunity for non-psychologist professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about the application of psychology to their professional interests.

Degree Requirements

The Organizational Psychology program in the Department of Psychology is a 36-credit program: five required courses (15 credits), including either a capstone project or an internship; at least five electives in organizational studies (15-21 credits); and no more than two electives in general psychology (6 credits). All students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 credit hours with a grade point average of at least 3.00 and have no more than two grades below B–. No more than 9 credits may be taken from the Barney School of Business.

Quantitative Courses

(two required/6 credits)


(one required/3 credits)

Admission Requirements

A completed application for consideration for admission consists of

  1. transcripts of all past education experiences and documentation of the award of the bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  2. an overall undergraduate grade average of B or higher;
  3. an undergraduate major or concentration in an appropriate area, such as psychology, economics, business, sociology, or communication*;
  4. a personal statement of academic objectives and professional goals; and
  5. three letters of reference evaluating educational and/or work experience.

*Applicants who do not meet specific academic requirements but who give evidence of outstanding practical experience or skills will be considered and may be required to ameliorate specific deficiencies (e.g., by taking certain background courses).

Transfer Credit

With the approval of the program director, graduate students may transfer up to 6 credits of course work that are applicable to the program requirements.

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