Program Overview

Choose Excellence with a MA in Organizational Psychology

The MA in Organizational Psychology (MAOP) at William James College is a 1-year (full-time), 2-year (part-time), 30 credit program. You can choose the online-only program, or the blended program, which is a combination of online courses and monthly weekends-in-residence.

You can begin or advance your career in the high-demand fields of organizational development and change management. With in-depth skill-building and problem based learning experiences, you will be equipped to effectively develop and steward organizational systems, teams and individuals in the context of uncertainty and change. 

You will learn evidence-based best practices to apply directly to the workplace, including the following: 

  • Accurately diagnose human and systemic causes of underperformance in organizations.
  • Intervene constructively with teams-both as an insider and an outsider.
  • Foster self-motivation for positive change in workers and leaders at all levels.
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of diverse stakeholders within an organization.
  • Drive change consistent with an organization's culture, values, beliefs and structures.
  • Manage your own strengths and biases to see organizational and human resource challenges and solutions more clearly.

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What is Organizational Psychology?

Organizational Psychology is a field that combines the psychology of human behavior, organizational development, sociology and education to work with individuals, teams, and systems to improve performance, develop employees, create and foster a culture where people are highly engaged and the organization is acheiving its goals. This spans across small businesses, large corporations, and all industries, including for-profit, non-profit, and the government sector. Organizational Psychologists can function as internal practitioners within human resources or talent management or as external consultants to an organization.

Choose Real-World Learning with Experiential Education

 At William James College, we believe that field work is a transformational part of your educational experience. As an Organizational Psychology MA student, you will participate in 80 hours worth of field placement work that can happen at your current job, a self-selected organization, or a William James partner site.  You will work with our Field Education Office to design a project and find a placement opportunity tailored to suit your career interests and goals.

Choose Impact with a Commitment to Social Responsibility

Our Organizational Psychology MA program is rooted in social justice, respect for diversity, and a multicultural perspective, whether in for profit, non-profit, or government sectors. This approach is woven through our entire curriculum and training model.

William James students  have the option to choose to participate in a co-curricular, college-wide concentration to enhance their studies and expand their learning. Available concentrations include African and Caribbean Mental Health, Asian Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, or LGBTQIA+ Studies. 

In addition to the college-wide concentrations, we offer in-depth, focused study opportunity in Talent Management specifically for Organizational Psychology MA students. 

Talent Management Concentration

Talent Management provides students with an interest in 21st century human resource approaches to gain critical skills, practice, theory, and assessment training in this growing field.

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Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life

The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center. Student leadership and student groups create more opportunities for engagement, and we are proud to be home to the William James College Black Mental Health Graduate Academy, a community for Black students enrolled in our doctoral and master’s degree programs, that provides mentorship and networking opportunities.

Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth

As a student, you will engage with faculty through education, research, mentorship, and training. All students work closely with an advisor on course planning, personal and professonal development, and career goals.

Students come from diverse backgrounds, and range from twenty something new graduates to career changers in their sixties. The average student has 5-7 years of work experience, but this is not required. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Ninety percent of our students work full time, and many are also raising families while they go through the program. We have students from all corners of the globe who participate virtually and asynchronously. They will tell you the support and guidance they receive from faculty is exceptional. Our faculty pride themselves on a high-touch model and are here to support you through your journey.

Organizational and Leadership Psychology faculty members, collectively, represent expertise across many psychology and business domains including non-profit leadership, organizational culture, neuroscience of leadership, strategic talent management, program evaluation, group dynamics, diversity and leadership, and more. 

William James College faculty are practicing professionals who bring their organizational expertise and real-world examples into the classroom. They pair this experience with empirically based research, teaching you nuances, protocols, and interventions, that prepare you for your field work as a student and for your career as an organizational psychologist.


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