Doctoral Degree Organizational

The Professional School of Psychology has offered graduate programs in psychology since 1979. The School focuses on quality education, preparation for professional practice, and meeting the educational needs of mature, working professionals. The Professional School of Psychology is approved under California Education Code 94310.2.

This doctoral program in Organizational Psychology equips students to develop competency in six domains: teacher, interventionist, scholar, researcher, leader, and advocate. These six areas provide the mature learner with a solid foundation for future professional practices. The program expands upon the subject matter offered in many master-level degrees. Core organizational classes expose students to a wide array of knowledge, applications, and approaches, with three core courses focusing on the individual, three on the group, and three on the organization. In each case, one of the three courses is concerned with theory, one concerned with assessment, and the third concerned with intervention. This degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Psychology for licensure in the State of California as a Psychologist, though most graduates do not choose to obtain State licensing. This program requires completion of 116 units.

The Application Process

The application process begins with a personal screening interview to ensure ‘goodness of fit’ with the program and educational philosophy of the School. With the concurrence of a representative of the School, a prospective student may visit a class. The Admissions Committee ordinarily communicates a decision on a completed application within two weeks. Requirements include a masters degree in psychology or a masters degree in a closely related field. Access to a computer, printer, and e-mail is essential.

Qualified students are allowed to take up to three classes or twelve units on a class by class (non-matriculated) basis, typically while they are gathering application material. In this case, students submit Part I of the application (received after a personal interview) and pay the per unit cost of the classes. If the student applies and is accepted into a program at the School, then both financial and academic credit can be applied to the program in which the student enrolls.

Program Requirements

CoursesQuarter Units
Personality Theory4
Social Bases of Behavior4
Behavioral Neurobiology4
Cognitive Bases of Behavior4
ORGANIZATIONAL CORE COURSESQuarter Units
Attitude Theory4
Decision Theory4
Adult Learning4
Theoretical Foundations: Individuals4
Theoretical Foundations: Groups4
Theoretical Foundations: Organizations4
Measurement & Assessment: Individuals4
Measurement & Assessment: Groups4
Measurement & Assessment: Organizations4
Interventions: Individuals4
Interventions: Groups4
Interventions: Organizations4
Elective (1- 4 unit course)4
FIELD EDUCATIONQuarter Units
Applied Field Experience (1500 hours)10
Industrial/Organizational Case Conference3
DISSERTATIONQuarter Units
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry I5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry II5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry III5
Dissertation Design5
Dissertation Project15
COMPETENCY PORTFOLIOQuarter Units
Applied Field Experience13

Successful completion of a portfolio documenting competency in the areas of scholar, teacher, advocate, interventionist, leader and researcher.

Total units: 116