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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial-Organizational Psychology, MA

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Program Information

This graduate program prepares students to enter or advance in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and allied disciplines. Students will receive thorough grounding in the field’s major theoretical frameworks, consulting and other professional practice models, and individual, team and organizational research methods. Graduates of the program assume leadership roles in industrial-organizational psychology in small, medium, and large organizations in a variety of fields such as technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, entertainment, or work in global consulting firms servicing US and international clients

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the main theoretical frameworks of industrial-organizational psychology with emphasis on organizational behavior, team and individual functioning, and leadership in a global context.
  • Examine the dynamic and evolving nature of professional practice with focus on careers in industrial-organizational psychology, as well as human resources, executive coaching, and management consulting.
  • Learn assessment tools to measure and diagnose individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Explore contemporary challenges such as diversity in organizations, managing generational differences, and the growing role of human resources technology.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree requires the completion of 42 semester units in the advanced graduate program.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing , with a grade of B or better.  Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. For further information, refer to our website.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to MATH 40 Statistics . The math proficiency requirement may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at another accredited college or university, or passed the appropriate CLEP Exam or MATH 40  Proficiency Exam with an acceptable score. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the writing and math proficiencies requirements, but must complete them both by the time that 12 units have been earned in the advanced program.

Undergraduate Psychology Pathway Programs

As a pathway  to the graduate-level industrial organizational programs, students who complete certain undergraduate-level courses at Golden Gate University as a part of completing the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology  or a Psychology concentration with either the Bachelor of Arts in Management  or Bachelor of Science in Business  may have the comparable graduate-level required courses waived from their Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, or Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program requirements.

The following courses are eligible for this waiver option: PSYCH 143 Psychology of Leadership  satisfies the PSYCH 343 Leadership and the Development of Managerial Excellence  requirement. MGT 141 Organizational Leadership  satisfies the PSYCH 341 Organizational Behavior and Process  requirement. As a consequence of having these courses waived, the total number of units required to complete the program will be reduced accordingly. Note: Students who have not completed (or are expected to complete) one of the Bachelor programs listed above are not eligible for this waiver.

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