Our curriculum covers a broad range of fundamental social and organizational psychology theory and research, yet also provides opportunities for studying real-world work experiences in the classroom, whether through courses that explicitly require working with live clients/organizations, or through assignments that prompt students to examine and reflect critically on their own work lives. The curriculum helps students grow expertise in the following areas:
I appreciate that the curriculum is extremely well-rounded, giving students the ability to explore many different elements of the field of Organizational Psychology. The program also provides us with leeway to explore other areas of interest; personally, I look forward to supplementing coursework with those from Columbia Business School and from Teachers College's Spirituality Mind Body Institute.
I have a much better and deeper understanding of organizations than I did before I started the program. I’m able to pick up on the less salient elements more instinctively and quickly, and it happens more naturally now – almost like a “sixth sense.” I have learned to open the conversation to various team and group issues that are less conspicuous. So much of this is due to the combination of a very well-rounded curriculum, learning from the diverse student community, professor guidance, and work experiences.
A recurring theme throughout the program is using “the self” as an instrument. Whether it is coaching a client, negotiating conflict, training adults, or interacting with colleagues, the skills I have learned have made me a more mindful practitioner. My self-awareness and other-awareness are heightened, allowing me to view situations more holistically and respond thoughtfully.
I have always been interested in leadership and its role in organizational change. I’ve used the Burke-Litwin Model as a framework to diagnose the issue at hand, which proved to be useful in identifying problematic areas and factors that play crucial roles in the change effort. I can unravel how the elements of an organization sit together, whether it has to do with the people-side or the business-side of the organization, and how a change in one factor will eventually affect the others due to their intricate connections.