Program Overview

The separation of personal and professional identity is disappearing. We, as a society, are getting better at creating work-life balance and recognizing its vitality, and it takes a certain kind of expertise to bring businesses into this new, blended world. Through the PsyD in Organizational Development Program from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), you will be armed with the organizational leadership skills you need to become an agent of change in corporations across the country and across the world.

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Program Highlights

Tailored Scheduling

This is a program designed for the working professional, with once-a-month, weekend classes that allow for those who need a flexible schedule to continue on their educational journey.

Hands-On Training

At the core of our curriculum is experiential learning that aligns classroom and field work with your goals and career outlook.

Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is an institutional pillar and a foundation of our Doctorate in Organizational Development Program. Because just as diversity is one of our institutional pillars, diversity and inclusion are pillars in the field of organizational psychology.

Industrial Psychologist Ranked as Second-Best Job in Science

Great news for our Organizational Psychology students and alumni—US News and World Report has ranked Industrial Psychologist as the second-best job in science! Read more here.

Professional Training & Experience

Students develop professional practice related skills in organization development through a variety of professional training experiences including class projects, case studies, in-class simulations, and field work. The curriculum includes four units of supervised field work application, where students gain:

  • Exposure to various competencies necessary for effective client-service delivery
  • Familiarity with organizational environments that are experiencing change efforts
  • Establishment of a basic foundation in organizational development/consulting skills

Field Work Projects

Examples of field work interventions have included:

  • Needs assessment and action planning
  • Redesigning human resources processes
  • Establishing strategy
  • Team building
  • Conflict management
  • Executive coaching
  • Training and development
  • Organizational culture change
  • Merger transition planning

Students have completed field work projects in a variety of organizations such as:

  • AT&T California Central Coast Construction and Engineering
  • California Department of Corrections
  • California Health Collaborative
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Central California Blood Bank
  • Central California SPCA
  • Central Valley Health Policy Institute
  • Chapman University
  • Delano Unified School District
  • Fresno County Department of Personnel Services
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development
  • Hinds Hospice
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lemoore Naval Station
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • Police Activity League Life Skills Teaching Program
  • Producers Dairy Foods, Inc.
  • Sacramento County Airport
  • Sacramento Mutual Housing Association
  • Tulare County Human Resources Department
  • Walt Disney Company

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Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an Organizational Development Doctorate, tends to lead into the field of organizational psychology (sometimes referred to as Industrial-Organizational psychology, or I-O psychology). This field as a whole is expecting extraordinary job growth from now until 2022—over 50%! In fact, it’s projected growth rate of 53% makes it the fastest-growing field across all disciplines in the entire nation because of the newfound emphasis in companies to improve the efficiency of their organizations and the ability for organizational psychologists to show causality between their contribution and improved performance of their business.

Graduates who have earned their PsyD in Organizational Development often work in corporate settings, holding positions such as personnel analyst, project leader, human resources partner or manager, or in consulting positions—either in external research or internal organization—for their companies or organizations. They can also work in positions such as: talent development, instructional design, talent coaching, union organizers and representatives, diversity and management analysis, and more.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

Once you choose a faculty chairperson and committee member, a proposal is submitted and approved, followed by individual and/or small-group supervision from the committee. Your research courses are designed to assist you, and it is expected that you will complete the dissertation within three years. Students who have completed all their courses and registered for all six dissertation units, but have not completed their dissertation, may register for dissertation extension units, which will extend the program beyond the three scheduled years.

Our Organizational Psychology Doctorate is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The PsyD in Organizational Development degree is a 66-credit program and takes a minimum of 3 years to complete, across 18 terms.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSPP

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.

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