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Organizational Psychology Psy.D. Program

 

Mission- The purpose of the organizational psychology program is to provide students with the finest possible education for the practice of organizational psychology, and for the possibility of becoming license-eligible in New Jersey and other states.

 

Definition- The practice of organizational psychology consists of intervening with organizations to achieve one or more of the following objectives: (1) raise performance, (2) improve processes and relationships, (3) enhance fairness and equity, and (4) increase subjective well-being.

Always within the context of organizations, interventions may focus on individuals, pairs of individuals, groups, combinations of groups, or whole organizations.

 

Methods of intervention derive from explicit psychological concepts and theories appropriate to the objectives and entities engaged in change processes.

 

When fully utilized, the practice of organizational psychology begins with assessment or diagnosis, proceeds to design and implementation, and concludes with evaluation of the efforts to bring about change.

Organizational psychology is practiced with service- delivering and product-generating organizations from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors of society.

 

There are three scenarios/pathways through which students can gain admissions into the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in organization psychology Program:

  1. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree in applied psychology, or related field, can register for the first three selected core organizational psychology courses at GSAPP. Upon successful completion of these three courses (indicated by a grade of B or better on those first three courses.), students will complete the application and be admitted into the PsyD in organizational psychology. Applicants must have completed at least ONE but preferably TWO courses in: cognitive psychology; psychology of perception, conditioning, and learning; developmental psychology; psychology of personality; or social psychology (It is assumed these students will have completed introductory psychology, statistics, abnormal psychology, and the biological bases of psychology).
  2. Applicants with a master’s degree in a profession that is not psychology-related, must complete the pre-requisite courses: introductory psychology, statistics, abnormal psychology, and the biological bases of psychology; plus at least ONE but preferably TWO courses in: cognitive psychology; psychology of perception, conditioning, and learning; developmental psychology; psychology of personality; or social psychology. With the pre-requisite courses, those applicants can directly apply to the organizational psychology program.
  3. Applicants with an undergraduate degree (without a master’s degree) can apply directly to the organizational psychology program given they have the necessary perquisites: introductory psychology, statistics, abnormal psychology, and the biological bases of psychology, plus at least ONE but preferably TWO courses in: cognitive psychology; psychology of perception, conditioning, and learning; developmental psychology; psychology of personality; or social psychology.

Undergraduate degrees DO NOT have to be in psychology. With the pre-requisite courses, those applicants can directly apply to the organizational psychology program.

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Master’s degree (PsyM) in Organizational Psychology Requirements (42 credits)

  • General Core Courses Required (12 credits)
  • Core Organizational Psychology Courses Required (24 credits)
  • Electives (minimum of 6 credits)

 

Combined PsyM/PsyD in Organization Psychology Requirements (72-82 credits)

(Applicants in Scenarios 2 or 3 above)

  • General Core Courses Required (12 credits)
  • Core Organizational Psychology Courses Required (24 credits)
  • Advanced Foundation Required Courses (12 credits)
  • Dissertation (3 credits)
  • Experiential Learning (8 credits)
  • Electives (16-27 credits)

 

PsyD in Organization Psychology Requirements (72 credits)

(Applicants with a master’s degree in a psychology-related field)

  • Core Organizational Psychology Courses Required (24 credits)
  • Advanced Foundation Required Courses (12 credits)
  • Dissertation (3 credits)
  • Experiential Learning (8 credits)

 

 

 

PsyM Masters in Organization Psychology Requirements (42-51 credits)

 

Combined PsyM/PsyD in Organization Psychology Requirements (75-86 credits) Scenario 2 or 3

PsyD in Organization Psychology Requirements (63-72 credits) Scenario 1

General Core Courses Required

12

12

-

Core Organizational Psychology Courses Required

24

24

24

Advanced Foundation Required Courses

-

12

12

Dissertation

-

3

3

Experiential Learning

-

8

8

Electives

6

16-27

9-16

Total Credits

42

75-86

63-72 (waiving core- accept up to 12 grad credits)

Application Materials:

  • A completed application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal and research statements
  • Transcripts of undergraduate and/or graduate course work