Training Model: A Practitioner-Scholar Program
Students acquire knowledge and skills applicable to management practices, theory and systems, ethics, organizational social responsibility, leadership, conflict management, employee engagement, and interventions for assisting in organizational change and development. Issues related to globalization, multiculturalism, and diversity are integrated throughout the program, including an international work study trip.
The curriculum is reflective of the issues and problems that business leaders face on a daily basis, acquainting students with the current literature and research on management and organizational behavior. Advanced Seminars are provided by Distinguished Guest Faculty from the field of organization psychology.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
The Fresno campus offers an MA degree in Organization Behavior (MAOB) emphasizing the psychological principles of behavior that focus on individual and group performance within an organizational setting. The blend of practitioner and scholar focus provides a relevant approach to managerial skill development emphasizing the human side of enterprise and the behavioral aspects of managing change. The program has been developed with the needs of the professional adult learner in mind and is accessible to adults with multiple responsibilities. The intensive weekend format makes it possible for students to attend from locations other than California and the greater San Joaquin Valley.
The graduate program in Organizational Behavior is a 17-month program. Most students begin the program in the Spring; however, students who wish to enroll in the Fall do so in consultation with the Program Director. Courses are offered once a month in a weekend format on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. Course work includes pre work, interim assignments, and post course work assignments. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of the course content upon entering the first weekend of a designated course.
MAOB students are not required to take statistics courses or write a research thesis. A competency exam is administered at the completion of the MAOB degree for entry into the PsyD program.
The program provides students with the opportunity for:
- Developing competencies needed to successfully manage in organizations
- Interacting with peers in shared learning, dialogue, and experiential activities
- Attending seminars with distinguished guest faculty from the field
- Building multicultural/international awareness
Joint Master’s Degree
The joint MAOB degree provides students in the doctoral Clinical Psychology programs or Clinical Forensic Psychology programs an opportunity to gain knowledge of organizations if they are interested in pursuing administrative positions or doing organizational work as part of their career goals.
For these students, the MAOB 30-unit program consists of 24 units of core Organizational Psychology curriculum. Research Methods and Ethno-cultural/Multi-cultural courses (6 units) are required in the students’ primary program and are not required to be repeated in the MAOB. Course units are spread over the timeframe allotted in the primary program. The international trip is also available to all students in the program; however, it is optional for joint students.
Organizational Psychology Program Faculty
Core faculty for the Organizational Psychology programs are listed below:
Sherry Camden-Anders, PhD, Assistant Professor and Program Director for MA Organizational Behavior and Organization Development PsyD, Fresno
Nurcan Ensari, PhD, Professor, Interim Systemwide Program Director, Program Director, Los Angeles and Director, I/O Psychology Certificate Program - Istanbul Bilgi University
Mary J. Fambrough, PhD, Associate Professor, San Francisco
Bernardo Ferdman, PhD, Professor, San Diego
Dale Glaser, PhD, Principal Lecturer, San Diego
Kathryn Goldman-Schuyler, PhD, Associate Professor, San Francisco
Margaret (Peggy) Grant, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fresno
Calvin Hoffman, PhD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles
John Kantor, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director for Leadership, San Diego
Toni A. Knott, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Field Placement, Fresno
Patricia Denise Lopez, PhD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles,
Rodney Lowman, PhD, Distinguished Professor, San Diego
John Renner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Interim Program Director, San Diego and Director, Organizational Consulting Center (OCC-SD), San Diego
Jyotsna Sanzgiri, PhD, Professor, San Francisco
Jonathan Troper, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Innovation and Change (CIC), Los Angeles
Rebecca Turner, PhD, Professor, San Francisco
Lynne Valek, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, Fresno
For a detailed description of program faculty background and research interests, please see the alphabetical listing of faculty in the California School of Professional Psychology.