Master’s in Organizational Psychology Program Overview
The organizational psychology master’s degree program (MAOP) is your opportunity to join one of the fastest-growing specialties in psychology today. With this master’s degree you’ll be prepared to help any company or organization, and the people within it, reach new heights of success.
This degree leads to a wide range of careers including talent management; organization development; training and development, human resources, organizational leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more. Career paths can lead to positions in industries such as healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, high-tech, management consulting, education, government, diversity, equity and inclusion, along with other sectors.
This one-year, 33-unit master’s program is offered online and on-campus. The master’s in organizational psychology on-campus program can be completed in San Diego, Los Angeles, or Fresno.
Faculty and Admissions
Faculty consist of renowned experts with years of experience within the organizational and consulting fields and doctoral degrees earned at USC, Columbia University, Fielding Graduate Institute, UCLA, Northcentral University, and Alliant International University. Faculty members include past and current local, national, and international professional association leaders, journal editor, and consultants. Faculty areas of expertise include the following:
- Management consulting
- Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
- Motivation and employee engagement
- Sustainability and systems thinking
- Organization development and change management
- Leadership and leadership development
- Coaching and mentoring
Master’s Degree Highlights
Wide range of careers
Deepen your skills and find a new career in organization development, talent and leadership development, human resources and talent management, and more in various industries, nonprofits, and government agencies.
Fit Your Schedule
On-campus courses in LA or San Diego allow you to complete your coursework in the evening and the weekends, while with the executive class format in Fresno you can attend classes one weekend per month.
Earn a master’s in one or two years
With full-time enrollment of two courses per term, you can complete the program in just one year, or opt for one course per term to complete the program in two years. Eight-week terms begin in January and August.
Get to know your faculty and colleagues in a supportive climate, developing working relationships that can last a lifetime. Get to know alumni in our network and find jobs through powerful relationships.
Three California locations
Join us at our vibrant and diverse Fresno campus, our Los Angeles campus in the hub for international business, our San Diego campus near biotech and high-tech firms, or complete your studies online.
Advance your degree further
Take your education further with a degree that prepares you to be a consultant or leader. A PhD in industrial-organizational psychology or the PsyD in organization development can be completed in three years.
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Increase your cross-cultural skills with multinational, multiracial faculty and students, and support a society of inclusive excellence, equity, and belonging. Our programs foster diversity and inclusion.
Gain experience through class and real-world projects that include surveys, interviews, talent assessments, leadership development, and designing programs for skill development and organizational change.
Build your critical thinking skills through the integration of discipline-specific theories, models, concepts, and methods, and the development of practitioner skills. The master’s in organizational psychology covers a wide range of competencies selected to deepen the knowledge and skills for practitioners already in one of the related career paths and open doors to those career paths for people making a career transition or starting a career.
In the program you’ll develop knowledge and skills in leadership and leadership development, talent development and talent management, diversity and inclusion, motivation and employee engagement, team dynamics and facilitating teams, coaching and mentoring, applied research skills for needs analysis and program evaluation.
Why Organizational Psychology?
The most important assets of any organization are its people. Organizational psychology combines the fields of psychology, leadership, business and other behavioral sciences to provide you with the knowledge and skills to create more effective and empowering workplaces and communities. Alliant’s organizational psychology degrees prepare professionals to create an inclusive world where people develop to their full potential, work in meaningful careers, lead effectively, work effectively in teams, and develop others to do the same.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of this master’s degree program?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field as a whole is expecting significant job growth from now until 2030. In the field of human resource management, growth is expected to reach 9.2%, with specialists in the same area growing at the rate of 10.4%. For both training and development specialists and business management analysts, the rate is considerably higher, at 35.5% over the same period. This degree can also open career opportunities in industries such as healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, high-tech, human resources, education, government, and other sectors.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates of our master’s programs program often work corporate settings, holding positions in talent management; organization development; training and development; people operations, talent management, or human resources; organizational leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; change management; and occasionally human capital consulting or change management consulting.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
What hands-on training opportunities are offered through this graduate program?
Hands-on learning includes a capstone course during which students will apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and case studies.
When does the Organizational Psychology Master’s degree program start?
The program is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. Applicants can apply for either a January or August start. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the Master’s in Organizational Psychology degree program?
You can complete this 33-unit program in one year by focusing on only two courses per eight-week term or in two years if you take one course per term.
What is the modality of this program?
You can earn your MA in Organizational Psychology degree 100% online or on-campus in San Diego, Los Angeles and Fresno, offering you an educational experience that is both customizable and tailored to your schedule.
Can I work full-time and complete the program?
Yes. Courses happen online, on weekday evenings, and/or on weekends to accommodate working students. The program is rigorous, and you can discuss your personal circumstances with your admissions counselor or with a faculty member during the application process.
Degree Campus Locations in California
The Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology program is offered both on-campus and online. Students can attend the MA in Organizational Psychology at our San Diego, Fresno or Los Angeles campus. Click an image below to learn more about each campus and what each one has to offer. You can help a business through organizational change.
At Alliant’s graduate school, 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.
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. Ready to become a student at Alliant?