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Social-Organizational Psychology
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Social-Organizational Psychology

M.A. Program

The M.A. program is a scientist-practitioner program that educates students to be experts in the field of organization development with a focus on leadership, change management, team building, executive coaching, organizational research methods, and mediation and conflict resolution. Students learn the latest theories and research in the psychology of organizations combined with significant skill building in the practical application of these ideas to real organizational problems.

Executive M.A. Program

Developed specifically for experienced working professionals from a diverse range of industries, sectors and geographic locations, the year-long, intensive Executive Masters Program is designed to help individuals and organizations increase their capacity for initiating, managing and sustaining workplace change efforts in increasingly complex and global environments.

Ph.D. Program

The doctoral program in social-organizational psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model. It is designed for full-time graduate students who desire fundamental education and skill development in the science and application of psychology to social and organizational situations and activities.
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Dr. Elissa L. Perry, Professor of Psychology & Education and Academic Program Coordinator of
Graduate Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology
We are delighted that you are interested in the Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Our programs – whether it is the M.A., Ph.D., or Executive M.A. – are unique in their synthesis of the disciplines of social psychology and organizational psychology and in the adherence to a scholar-practitioner model:  Theory and research must inform practice and practice must inform theory and research.

Another distinctive feature of the Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology is our belief in the importance of examining and understanding organizational issues from multiple perspectives and contexts – from the individual, the group, and the organizational levels.   The application of theory and research to practice and of practice to theory and research, coupled with a dynamic, open-systems approach, informs the development of our curricula, which has been referred to by alumni as “cutting edge” and “essential” to being successful in today’s diverse and rapidly changing job market.

Our innovative curricula and program structure is fostered by the contributions of our nationally and internationally known Faculty and Adjunct Faculty -- all of whom embody and put into practice the scholar-practitioner model.  In your courses you will engage in dialogue regarding emerging research and theory, share and learn from the real-world experiences of the faculty and your colleagues, and consider the implications for, and applications to, the needs and issues of businesses, governments, schools, and other for-profit and non-profit organizations: For example, issues regarding leadership, organizational effectiveness, group dynamics and team-building, behavioral research, organization change, individual assessment and development, training – just to name a few.  Moreover, you will participate in a collegial environment that stresses networking with our community of leaders:  your student colleagues.

We look forward to your application and to your joining our community.


Dr. Elissa L. Perry
Professor of Psychology & Education
Academic Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Social-Organizational Psychology

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