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Organizational Psychology

Offered: On Campus & Online Apply

The graduate programs in Organizational Psychology seek to enrich the workplace by scientifically integrating psychology and organizational life.

These programs prepare students for practice in human resources, organizational development, training and development, and other management and leadership positions including consulting. Students in either master’s program earn a graduate certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analysis (TDOA). This certificate develops in-demand skills of training and development in organizations by using analytics to inform decision-making.

Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is a 42 unit scientist-practitioner research program culminating with completion of a thesis or applied project. This program is a pathway for future doctoral studies and is offered on-campus. 

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Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology

The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology is a 35 unit practice-oriented program offered on-campus or online.

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Graduate Certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analytics

The Graduate Certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analytics prepares graduates to seize opportunities in high-demands areas of training and development, and organizational analysis. The certificate consists of 14 units that can also be used towards the MAOP or MSIO degrees. 

For questions about certificates, please email organizational.psychology@vanguard.edu

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Graduate Certificate in Intercultural and Inclusive Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Intercultural and Inclusive Leadership helps students develop in-demand skills of building fair and equitable systems for inclusion and workplace success based on the empirical and empathic understanding of cultural, demographic, ability and neurodiversity. The certificate consists of 9.5 units that can also be used towards the MAOP or MSIO degrees. This certificate can be completed online. 

For questions about certificates, please email organizational.psychology@vanguard.edu

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Graduate Certificate in Organizational Consulting

The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Consulting prepares students to implement best practices of organizational consulting as an internal and external specialist. With core application of data-driven decision making, this certificate focuses on developing client relations and business partnerships; outcome and performance deliverables; securing senior leadership commitment; and negotiating scope and pricing of service contracts. (Pending WSCUC approval.)

For questions about certificates, please email organizational.psychology@vanguard.edu

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What our alumni have to say

I recommend the MSOP program to anyone really, but especially to anyone who is working in HR or desires to have a career in HR. What I loved most about Vanguard and the MSOP program is that the professors encouraged us to not only participate in self-reflection and processing, but also aided us in transformational ideas rooted in science-based decision making. I have found this to be invaluable to me both professionally and personally." - Ramina Swanson, Vice President / Senior Human Resource Business Partner, Pacific Premier Bank

The program is not only for people who want to go into consulting,  talent development, or any of the expected fields. I think it would be beneficial for virtually anyone (both inside and outside the corporate world) who wants to make impactful change. - Juliana Nalbandian, Program Specialist, Allegis Global Solutions 

I decided to join VU 's Masters of Science Program because of the personalized attention I received when I visited the campus and met some of the faculty; you could tell they truly care about their students and their futures. I like the environment so much, I chose it over a full ride elsewhere. While in the program, I loved the camaraderie I developed with my cohort, the content of the curriculum, and the opportunity to work closely with experienced faculty. The networking opportunities I received through getting to know my cohort members accelerated my post-graduation career in the right direction, and I was able break into the world of consulting/organizational development. I definitely find myself referencing the material I learned in this program and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in developing a career to positively impact their organization and future place of work. - Noorain Moss, Human Capital Consultant, Deloitte

Our Features

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).

Convenience. 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.

Our Principles

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 three 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.

Quick Facts

Total Units: 35-42

Cost Per Unit: $710*

Length of Program:
5-6 semesters

Start Terms:
Spring and Fall

Optional Specialization:

  • Intercultural Relations
  • Organizational Consulting

*Tuition is based on the 2021/2022 academic year and is subject to change.

Enrolled Students

Our students come from 10 different states and completed bachelor's degrees in majors such as business and management, psychology, communication and political science.

Jobs Secured by Graduates

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Consulting Firm Founder
  • Talent Acquisition Partner
  • Talent Management Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • National Head of People and Compliance
  • Analyst, Talent and Rewards
  • Program Development Manager
  • Regional Project Manager
  • Training and Talent Development Manager

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Dr. Lioudmila Praslova

Professor and Director of Graduate Organizational Psychology Accreditation Liaison Officer

Dr. Andrew Stenhouse

Professor of Organizational Psychology

Dalila Perea

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jonathan Allbaugh

Adjunct Professor of Ethics

Dr. Noreen Dulin

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Chip Espinoza

Interim Provost

Geoffrey Friederich

Adjunct Professor or Organizational Psychology

Dr. Eric Rodriguez

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Psychology

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