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PsyD in Organization Development

Prepare for a High-Demand Career

The doctoral program (PsyD) in Organization Development, offered in Fresno, combines coursework in psychology and organizational theory with specialized courses in organizational change and development. 

Addressing the growing need for increasingly complex organizational and management skills that encompass several disciplines, the program prepares post-master’s degree students for careers as:

  • Consultants
  • Leaders/managers
  • Organizational change agents
  • College-level teaching 

Putting Theory to the Real-World Test

A distinguishing feature of CSPP’s Organization Development doctoral program is the integration of courses, seminars, the applied research project and the application of learning in field work. 

Convenient Class Schedule

The course schedule is designed for professional adult learners and is accessible to adults with multiple responsibilities, including:

  • Part-time attendance
  • Weekend executive format
  • Online and blended courses 

Courses are offered once a month in a weekend format on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The intensive weekend format makes it possible for students to attend from locations outside California and the greater San Joaquin Valley. 

Travel to your executive format weekend classes in Fresno is easier than you might expect. The Fresno campus is located very close to the Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (airport code: FAT, for Fresno Air Terminal), which is served by many major airlines. There are several hotels within walking distance of campus which offer special rates for students of Alliant and provide complimentary airport shuttles. For those opting to take the Amtrak train to Fresno, one of the nearby hotels also provides a complimentary shuttle upon request to/from the Fresno train station (Amtrak station code: FNO).

Experienced Faculty and Distinguished Guests

Student access faculty local to their campus and also the Organizational Psychology faculty at other campuses. Faculty bring a breadth of professional experience as coaches and consultants into the classroom. Read more about our faculty here.  

Distinguished guest faculty provide an opportunity for students to interact with practitioners and authors in the field. Some distinguished guests have included: Richard Axelrod, William Bernstein, David Campbell, David Caruso, Arthur Freedman, Barry Johnson, Judith Katz, Frederick Miller, Barbara Mink, Jerry Perlmutter, Edie Seashore and Christopher Worley.

International and Multicultural Training

Specific core courses in the curriculum focus on multicultural and international areas. Professional ethics, diversity, multicultural and international issues are integrated into all courses. Additionally, students have an option to participate in an annual international trip to gain competencies for working in a global environment. 

Special Accreditation

CSPP at Alliant is a member school in the OD Education Association, a sub-group of the National OD Network. With this membership, students in the Fresno program become members of the National OD Network and receive benefits provided by the association.

The Organization Development PsyD program passed a review and assessment by a Blue Ribbon Committee in 2001, and in 2003 received accreditation by the Organization Development Institute (currently the International Society for Organization Development). 

Program Duration

Students enter the Organization Development PsyD program with a master’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences and complete the 66 unit part-time program in three years. Students take courses once a month in a weekend format. Most students begin the program in Spring, however, students who wish to enroll in the fall do so in consultation with the program director. 

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