Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology Overview
Integrating theory, research, applied skills, and community service, our Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology provides students with in-depth, theoretical knowledge and applied skills for effective professional practice in organizational psychology.
Our program places particular focus on social responsibility and issues that are changing the way work is conducted, organized and managed today. Students are equipped with evidence-based skills and leadership capabilities to maximize organizational performance in human, social and economic terms.
Students choose our comprehensive program for our:
- Doctoral faculty with extensive academic and industry experience
- Professional practicum placements providing hands-on, real-world experience in the field
- Personalized coaching and mentoring to develop leadership capacity
- Transformative, high-impact Community Service Practicum program
- Strong partnerships with field leaders, professional societies, and progressive organizations that are redefining work in the 21st century
- Ministry-approved curriculum integrating science, practice, and active learning
- Flexible course schedule to accommodate working professionals
- Emphasis on educating socially responsible global citizens
Our program prioritizes leadership development. We view leadership as a collective act requiring both personal mastery and the capacity to build high-quality relationships. Emphasis is placed on active learning, real-world application, self-reflection, relational skills, and systems thinking. Our experiential program calls upon the student’s multiple faculties, including intellect, emotions, and their core values. Collectively, students learn how to identify and build on the strengths and talents of others to create authentic, generative relationships in service of a meaningful and purposeful vocational life.
Organizational psychology is a growing field, as organizations around the world seek professionals with expertise in human behavior in the workplace. Graduates with organizational psychology knowledge and skills are increasingly sought to help boost performance, innovation, and retention in the workplace.
Our graduates are well-positioned to work in the areas of human resources; occupational health and well-being; internal or external consulting in talent management; organizational change; corporate; learning and development; market research; employee relations; and leadership development and coaching.
Many of our graduates are employed full-time at high-profile organizations, in jobs in academia and industry. Some are in positions with organizations with which they interned; others have pursued private practice independently or with members of their cohorts.
- A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work.
- The equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in baccalaureate level psychology with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology, research methods and two other courses in the fields of psychology or organizational studies.
- Experience in an organizational setting in either paid or volunteer positions.
Approved applicants that meet our admission requirements will be invited to an interview and submit an in-person writing sample as the final step in the application process. Visit our admissions page for full details about our admissions requirements and to apply.
Graduates of the M.A. in Organizational Psychology program are not eligible for registration as a clinical counsellor. However, students interested in this registration can take additional coursework and practicum credits through our M.A. in Counselling Psychology program.