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M.A. General Description

Master of Arts

The 45 point M.A. program is designed to provide proficiency and advanced knowledge in the psychology of organizations. Qualified students are given the opportunity to develop their program in a manner consistent with their career interests, capacities, and background.

The program provides courses at Teachers College and other areas of Columbia University, particularly the Graduate School of Business. There is one major for the M.A. degree entitled Psychology: Organizational.  Students may decide to pursue a broadly based program and therefore take a variety of courses, or they may concentrate their courses in a more specific area such as human resource management, organization change and consultation, or conflict resolution.

The program is designed to provide education for professional employment in organization development or to continuation of graduate work beyond the master's degree in a related field (organizational psychology, social psychology, organizational behavior, industrial-organizational psychology). Students are often employed in positions typically found within the organization development function of middle or large-size organizations including human resources, people development, human capital, talent management, and the like. These include positions in global learning, career development and counseling, organizational effectiveness, human capital research, organization development and consultation, employee relations, human resource planning and strategy, and mediation and conflict resolution, among others. 

Graduates of the master's program may apply for admission to the doctoral program in Social-Organizational Psychology. However, successful performance in the M.A. program does not in and of itself guarantee admission. Students who apply become part of the applicant pool for that year and their qualifications are evaluated with equal standing along with the other applicants.

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