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Field Education

Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology Program (MA) Blended and Online Only Options

Field Education

The Master’s of Organizational Psychology program requires that each student complete an organizational development project that includes approximately eighty hours of supervised fieldwork. Fieldwork is comprised of a combination of face time with the Field Site Supervisor and clients, individual preparation and/or research depending upon the needs of the organization, and class instruction (online and in-person). Field Education projects vary depending on the needs of the field site. Some examples include organizational assessment and feedback, change management, team development, facilitation and training, research and benchmarking, facilitation of focus groups, and strategic human resources projects (such as the development of on-boarding programs, succession management).

The field education provides students with a real-world opportunity to apply the concepts and theories they learn while at the same time assisting field sites in improving some performance aspect of their organization. Great care is exercised to match students with field experiences that will enrich and enhance their classroom learning and promote their professional and personal development.

Here is a sampling of past Field Projects

  • Health Disparities Interventions with Cultural lnsight/Harvard Pilgrim
  • Team Development at YMCA
  • Alumni Relations Assessment at MSPP
  • Strategic Planning and Assessment at Navigated Breakthrough Consulting Group
  • Organizational Development Assessment at Laboure College
  • Team Development Assessment and Interventions at Brigham and Women's Primary Care

This web page contains all the forms both students and site supervisors will need for completing fieldwork projects. Below is a description of the purpose of each.

Instructions for resume and cover letter writing*

This document instructs students who wish to use an MSPP field site how to update their resume and create a cover letter to ready them to apply to the site. *Note: MSPP field sites are available to blended students only.

> Resume and Cover Letter Instructions (pdf)


Signed contracts are required of all students before credit for any fieldwork can commence. Students collaborate with their advisor, site supervisor and MSPP’s ADFP to design a project and craft learning goals. The contract is completed by the student and describes the project as designed. It must be first approved by the student’s advisor and then signed by the student, the onsite supervisor, and the student’s advisor. Once an electronic copy is received students may begin fieldwork.

> Blended Program Contract Form (.doc) (pdf)

> Online Only Program Contract Form (.doc) (pdf)

Field Placement Journal

All field placement students are required to track their work (content and hours) in a learning journal. Journaling their experiences gives them perspective, encapsulates their learnings, and assists their work with their advisor.

> Field Placement Journal Form (.doc)

Mid-project Evaluation Form*

This form is completed by the onsite supervisor at the project midpoint. Students fill out the same form for a self-evaluation. Both student and site supervisor then send the forms to the ADFP and their advisor for their file. Students are expected to drive this process and and initiate completion of the midpoint evaluation with their site supervisor when they have completed 40 hours. * Mid Evaluation Discussions are required for Blended students only.

> Blended Program: Supervisor's Mid-project Evaluation Form (.doc) (pdf)

> Blended Program: Student's Mid-project Evaluation Form (.doc) (pdf)

Final Evaluation Form
Site supervisors fill this out at the close of the student’s field assignment. Site supervisors provide comments and suggest a Credit or No Credit assessment. Students are expected to deliver this form to their site supervisor and get an electronic signed copy returned to MSPP’s ADFP and their advisor to receive credit for fieldwork. * Final Evaluation Discussions are required for Blended students only.

> Blended Program: Supervisor's Final Evaluation Form (.doc) (pdf)

> Blended Program: Student's Final Evaluation Form (.doc) (pdf)

Updated 8/15/13

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