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 engagementteam development, 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.
Ideal Student attributes include:
- Experience in a work setting
- Desire to advance in the student’s current workplace, to promote, or to change careers
- Critical thinking skills
- Enjoy working with people
- Writing skills
- Positive attitude
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. Students active in the program are provided membership in the National Organizational Development Network and receive the association’s journals, job bank access, and annual conference benefits.
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 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:
Nicholas Aramovich, PhD, Assistant Professor and Interim Program Director, San Diego
Sherry Camden-Anders, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director for MA Organizational Behavior and Organization Development PsyD, Fresno
Nurcan Ensari, PhD, Professor, 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, Distinguished Professor, San Diego
Dary Fiorentino, PhD, Assistant Professor, Los Angeles
Dale Glaser, PhD, Principal Lecturer, San Diego
Kathryn Goldman-Schuyler, PhD, Professor, San Francisco
Calvin Hoffman, PhD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles
John Kantor, PhD, Associate Professor, San Diego
Toni A. Knott, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Field Placement, Fresno
Jennifer Konkin, PhD, Director, Organizational Consulting Center, San Diego
Patricia Denise Lopez, PhD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles,
Rodney Lowman, PhD, Distinguished Professor, San Diego
Jyotsna Sanzgiri, PhD, Professor and Program Director, San Francisco
Jonathan Troper, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Innovation and Change (CIC), Los Angeles
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.