Social-Organizational Psychology

Welcome to the Social-Organizational Psychology program


The Social-Organizational Psychology program approaches organizational issues from multiple perspectives and examines individuals, groups, and organizations. Our dynamic, open-systems approach applies theory and research to practice and uses practice to continuously update and inform our curricula. Our graduates are successful in today's diverse and rapidly changing job market as they learn the cutting edge techniques to apply directly to their work. 

Degree Programs

We offer programs for all levels of experience. If you have questions about which program is right for you, please contact us for further guidance.


I have 2+ years of professional experience

For those newer to the field or transitioning in from another discipline, our Masters of Arts in Social-Organizational Psychology program provides students the ability to think critically about the real issues facing people and organizations in today’s world and to develop and implement solutions to the most pressing problems in organizational life and in society.

I have 8+ years of professional experience

Developed for experienced working professionals from a diverse range of industries and geographic locations, the year-long, intensive Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership is designed to help individuals and organizations increase their capacity for initiating, managing and sustaining workplace change efforts. This program is for those who continue to work full-time but wish to pursue an advanced degree.

I'm interested in research, practice, or scholarship

Our Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology 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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Advanced Certificates & Non-Degree Programs


Graduate Studies in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution program at Teachers College, Columbia University is a unique learning opportunity for individuals who want to develop their conflict resolution skills in collaborative negotiation and mediation.

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A Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution is designed to prepare students to analyze, address, and manage conflict effectively and professionally. The program consists of 16 units of noncredit coursework and is geared to those students who are not seeking a transcripted certificate, but who want to gain the knowledge and experience required for success in the field of conflict resolution.

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PPOD is a highly engaging learning experience that provides participants with core concepts and skills necessary for managing and leading change inside organizations and for consulting to organizations and teams.

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We hold group relations conferences three times a year (spring, summer, and fall) for graduate students at Teachers College and Columbia affiliates enrolled in the course Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective. We welcome conference members from outside the course and typically have between five and 15 such members attend each conference. A diverse conference membership deepens everyone’s learning and serves to enrich the conference experience for all.

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