Master of  Science in Organizational Psychology

Enriching the workplace by scientifically integrating psychology with organizational life

  • PSOG 505 Introduction to Psychology and Behavior in Organizations. (3 units)
    Provides graduate level systematic overview of science and theory of psychology as relevant to workplace applications, core principles and subfields of organizational psychology, and the role of personal values and worldview in science and practice of organizational psychology.
  • PSOG 515 Applied Research and Critical Analysis. (3 units)
    Focuses on development of students as competent consumers of information and foundational skills in conducting organizational inquiry to inform decision-making. Specific competencies include graduate-level skills in identifying, reading and summarizing quality research sources.
  • PSOG 525 Leadership and Character Development. (3 units)
    Explores the interior life of the leader as a person in order to understand how character, spirituality and personal ethics of the leader influence interpersonal relationships and the public roles of leadership in the workplace.
  • PSOG 535 Statistics for Organizational Decision-Making. (3 units)
    Focuses on the interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics, reliability and validity of instruments, theoretical and methodological foundations of criterion development, and core considerations in development and interpretation of organizational surveys and in selecting research vendors and products.
  • PSOG 545 Advanced Social Psychology. (3 units)
    Examines the effect of social influences upon the development of personality and behavior patterns. Topics include socialization, attitude formation and change, communication, propaganda, roles and stereotypes, leadership and collective behavior.
  • PSOG 555 Managing Human Resources. (3 units)
    Examines the fundamentals of human resource management, including job assessment and analysis, strategic workforce planning, recruiting and onboarding, supervision and termination practices. Consideration will be given to current issues and employment law.
  • PSOG 605 Organizational Ethics and Justice. (3 units)
    Provides a thought provoking study of the ethical theories involved in evaluating issues and decision making. To accomplish this, the course focuses on contemporary ethical issues relevant to leadership from a Christian foundation. The goal is to learn how to integrate ethical models with contemporary concerns of leadership.
  • PSOG 615 Performance Management and Employee Engagement. (3 units)
    Applies motivation and attitude theories. Examines current topics in performance appraisal, including criterion development, rater training, appraisal effectiveness and feedback processes. A larger picture of performance management, attitudes, engagement and individual and organizational success is discussed in the context of current research and best practices.
  • PSOG 625 Psychology of Leadership and Motivation. (3 units)
    Reviews theories and research on motivation, specifying both the intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of worker motivation. The leadership process and its relation to motivation, group performance, workplace attitudes and climate are also analyzed.
  • PSOG 635 Diversity and the Organization. (3 units)
    Addresses processes involved in creating and maintaining an environment that equips all organizational participants to attain their full potential in pursuit of the enterprise’s objectives. Based on the approach that recognizes that organizations are made up of unique and valuable individuals that carry out particular functions. Diverse members of organizations contribute  to organizational success.
  • PSOG 650 Exit Option: Master’s Thesis. (3 units)
    Allows students to demonstrate empirical competencies, as well as build a unique professional niche within Organizational Psychology. Suggested topics/areas of focus include Performance Evaluation, Motivation, Training & Development in Organizations, Intercultural Relations, Stress & Health, or other reflective of Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) competencies. Master’s thesis will add generalizable knowledge to the field.
  • PSOG 652 Exit Option: Applied Project. (3 units)
    Allows students to demonstrate professional competencies, as well as build a unique professional niche within Organizational Psychology. Suggested topics/areas of focus include Performance Evaluation, Motivation, Training & Development in Organizations, Intercultural Relations, Stress & Health, or other relevant topics reflective of Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) competencies. Applied Projects demonstrates substantial contribution to the practice of Organizational Psychology. Appropriate formats include internal or external consulting projects, development of training curricula, needs analysis or effectiveness evaluation studies, delivery and evaluation of organizational training, and other work products documenting professional competencies.
  • PSOG 655 Capstone: Organizational Systems, Development and Change. (3 units)
    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.
  • PSOG 720 Professional Development Workshops, 1-6. (1 unit each)
    Six 8-hour workshops are held (3 per year) that present current trends in the field while providing students hands-on support for their own professional development.
  • PSOG 654 Specialization.  (2 units)
    An optional course which allows students to build a unique professional niche within Organizational Psychology. That goal shall be accomplished through focused reading and reflection and submission of professional portfolio to consist of documents demonstrating a proficiency in selected areas of specialization (personal professional philosophy, articles, conference presentations, and other documents reflecting professional competencies as relevant to specialization).

    Specialization Options:

  • PSOG 654:01: Specialization: Intercultural Relations. (2 units)
  • PSOG 654:02: Specialization: Training and Development in Organizations. (2 units)


Seminar Topics include:

  • Positive Psychology in Organizations and Strengths Assessment
  • Dysfunction in Organizational Systems
  • Psychopathology in Leadership
  • Motivation, Manipulation, Machiavellianism
  • Aging and Multigenerational Workplace
  • Evidence-Based Consulting
  • Contemporary Legal Issues in the Workplace
  • Workplace Bullying–Coping and Prevention
  • Advanced Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

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