Master of Arts (MA) in Organizational Psychology—Blended and Online Only Options

This program prepares you to develop a career in organizational development, change management, consulting, and human resources. This accelerated 11-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

Organizational psychology is an exciting and expanding field. The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology equips graduates to provide effective leadership for desired change while considering the needs and perspective of relevant stakeholders. Our graduates work within companies and as organizational development 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

  1. multidisciplinary concepts drawn from the psychology of human behavior and organizational behavior
  2. curriculum the integrates theories of individual, group, and systems behavior with workplace case studies, applied projects, and research
  3. experiential learning environment
Who

The Organizational Psychology program is for those interested in being internal or external consultants that improve the functioning of organizations and that create more humane work environments.

The 21st century requires individuals to respond to fast changes and ongoing complexity in organizations.  Our 12 month master's program in Organizational Psychology prepares you to deploy yourself  within for profit, non profit, government, and education settings to create positive change.  This means going beyond technical solutions to find adaptive means of change that address the culture, values, beliefs, and structures of organizations with a foundation in psychology.  Our students include professionals and career-changers looking to build or develop expertise in:

  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership Transformation
  • Change Management
  •   Consulting
  • Organizational Assessment and Intervention

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What

The MA in Organizational Psychology program is a 30-credit (24 course hours and 6 credit/80-hour field project) degree designed for working professionals. Part-time and January start options are available.

  • 11 month accelerated full-time and 2-year part-time master degree program.
  • Blended and online only options.
  • 30 credits total.
  • Must complete an 80-hour field project, Capstone Thesis/Project and Comprehensive Exams.
Where
  • Blended format which includes a weekend-in-residence (WIR) in Newton, MA after each course.
  • Online only option.

The blended and online only tracks are given the same curriculum 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. 

When

 Entry into the program is Fall (August) and Spring (January).

Career Outlook

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)

Alumni Data

Of the 97% who are currently working, 87% of our graduates are working in either Leadership, Human Resources (HR), Talent Management (TM) or internal or external Organizational Development (OD) Consulting roles.

11% of MAOP graduates were accepted into leadership and organizational psychology doctoral programs.

50% of alumni surveyed were career changers. Of those alumni who entered the program with the intent to switch careers, 55% were able to attain a job in either OD, HR, or Talent Management in under 6 months of graduation. 34% did so within one year and 11% were able to accomplish this goal in 2 years. 100% of career changers who entered the program secured a job in the OD, HR or Talent Management field.

Within 1.5 years of graduation, 13% of MAOP graduates surveyed were promoted to senior level internal Human Resources, Talent Management or Organizational development roles including: Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, or Senior Director or Director of Talent Management roles. Younger alumni who went straight from undergraduate education to the MAOP program (9% of program entrants) are now in Human Resources Specialist, Learning and Development Manager, Associate OD consultant or Recruiter roles within 6 months to one year of graduation.

Don't let fear stop you, when you've been out of school so long, you lack the self confidence that you can do it again. 'What if I don't have time? What if I have an assignment and I can't get it done on time? Are the students all going to be younger than me?' All of those fears keep you putting it off. It worked the way that's best for me right now, but I could have done it sooner."—Darlene Piva