The mission of the graduate program in organizational psychology is to prepare students for professional excellence, ethical leadership, and service to people and society through enhancing life in the workplace.
The master of science in organizational psychology major seeks to enrich the workplace by scientifically integrating psychology and organizational life.
Practice of organizational psychology carries with it a tremendous responsibility. Our work impacts lives of many individuals within organizations, and could make a difference between extremely fulfilling careers and traumatic work experiences, organizational thriving and organizational collapse, sustainable economic development and a cycle of bubbles and crashes. Understanding of this responsibility is the cause of our program commitment to these principles:
- Commitment to ethics and responsible organizational practice. Values matter. Individual, organizational, and societal outcomes matter. Commitment to values and to our ethical responsibility in organizational practice is not optional. This commitment is our first guiding principle.
- Evidence-based organizational practice. This commitment stems from our ethical commitment, as well as from the empirical nature of our field. Ethical organizational intervention is also an evidence-based intervention, in which practical decisions are 1) based on thoroughly conducted research studies and 2) supported by solid understanding and appropriate interpretation of research.
- Simultaneous commitment to organizational interests and employee interests. Sometimes it is assumed that in order to ensure organizational profit/benefit, employees must suffer. Or, that in treating employees well organizations risk their very existence. In our work we strive to demonstrate that it is possible to build thriving, strong, sustainable organizations which bring together thriving, productive, engaged individuals – modern, goal-oriented communities of innovation and commitment to the common vision.
Relevance. This program prepares students for highly competitive professional practice. Professional opportunities in industrial and organizational psychology are expected to grow by as much as 53 % by 2022, according to statistical estimates by the Department of Labor and The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Quality. Committed to academic quality and professional respectability, the MSOP curriculum is based on recommendations of relevant professional associations, such as Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Academy of Management (AOM).
Convenient Schedule. This is a two-year program. Evening classes meet once a week with some online enhancements. The program also includes six highly practical Saturday seminars.
Examines the organization systematically to see how the whole is functioning, with the focus on how internal and external dynamics influence organizational productivity and health. Examines theories and research on change and organizational development within the context of the I-O specialist role as both change-agent and consultant. Topics include types of change, individual, group and organizational interventions, conflict management, team development, group decision making, and culture. This course also serves as a capstone/culminating experience of the MSOP program.