Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology Program (MA) Blended and Online Only Options
This program prepares you to develop a career in organizational development, change management, consulting, and human resources. This accelerated 12-month program offers students the flexibility to pursue a Master's degree while maintaining their career. Both blended (with weekends in residence) and online only options are available. The program offers an academic concentration in Talent Management, which prepares professionals to improve functionality in organizations through personnel development, and making professionals a valuable resource in today's workforce. Click here to learn more about the Talent Management concentration.
Why a Masters in Organizational Psychology?
The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (MAOP) equips graduates to provide effective leadership for desired change while considering the needs and perspectives of relevant stakeholders. Our graduates work within organizations and as independent consultants. They apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace in the interest of improving productivity and the quality of work life.
Many graduates work in leadership development, teambuilding, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness roles; and graduates pursue roles in human resources, helping organizations with talent management, training and development.
The cohort model is central to our educational approach. As a cohort, you will be in a class of people who will take the same courses in the same sequence throughout the duration of the program. Our cohorts include students who have practiced some of the subject matter in their professional lives.
A Masters in Organizational Psychology provides students with
- multidisciplinary concepts drawn from the psychology of human behavior and organizational behavior
- curriculum the integrates theories of individual, group, and systems behavior with workplace case studies, applied projects, and research
- experiential learning environment
The MA in Organizational Psychology program is a 30-credit (24 course hours and 6 field project hours) degree designed for working professionals. A part-time option is available.
The blended and online only tracks are given the same curriculum (other than the experiential weekend in residences) and taught by the same instructor concurrently. Classes include reading, online lectures, and assignments.
For the blended program the online/distance portion is followed by an intensive weekend-in-residence (WIR). The WIRs are held from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday following the online portion of each course. The programs begin and conclude in August of each year.
Studies show that corporate and entire industries are quickly embracing psychology as instrumental to improving performance and efficiency of managers.
- 35%* increase in career opportunities by 2020 – a rate that could mean there will not be enough trained professionals
- The educational investment is well worth. The mean salaries ranges from $70,012 in academic settings to $117,670 in business and management.**
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Psychologists.htm#tab-6
**As reported in "2009 Income and Employment Survey Results for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology," Charu Khanna and Gina J. Medsker, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO)