Master’s Course Sequence

Find here a sample two-year course sequence for students pursuing a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology. 

2017-18 Time Schedule for the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program course offerings.

Year one

Autumn (12 credits)

  • ORG 6100 “Organizational Behavior” (4)
  • ORG 6600 “Research Methods and Statistics I” (4)
  • ORG 6003 “Hacking the World of Work” (4)

Winter (8 credits)

  • ORG 6610 “Research Methods and Statistics II” (4)
  • ORG 6300 “Leadership and Team Development” (4)
  • One Approved Elective or/Topical Seminar (3-5)*

Spring (8 credits)

  • ORG 6101 “Organizational Development and Consultation I” (4)
  • ORG 6105 “Motivation” (4)
  • One Approved Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)*

Summer (8 credits)

  • ORG 6240 “Social Psychology” (4)
  • ORG 6000 “History and Systems of Psychology” (4)
  • One Approved Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)*

Year Two

Autumn (11–13 credits)

  • ORG 6003 “Hacking The World of Work” (4)
  • One Approved Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)*

Winter (11–13 credits)

  • ORG 6010 “Selection and Performance Management” (4)
  • ORG 6210 “Program and Organizational Evaluation” (4)
  • One Approved Elective /Topical Seminar (3–5)*

Spring (11-13 credits)

  • ORG 6001 “Master's Seminar: Faith, Meaning and Professional Foundations” (4)
  • ORG 6230 “Learning Systems and on-the-Job Development” (4)
  • One Approved Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)*

*Students may take electives in the quarter they choose and are responsible for meeting the total elective requirement by the end of the program. Electives in the program plan are placed in suggested quarters.


Total units: 66 credits

Approved electives and Topical Seminars

Students in both the industrial-organizational psychology master’s and doctoral programs can choose electives from other SPU graduate programs. Students in the masters program must complete 6 elective credits and 4 topical seminar credits. Students in the doctoral program must complete 18 elective credits and 16 topical seminar credits. Below is a list of approved courses.

2017-18 Time Schedule

Marriage and Family Therapy courses

  • MFT 6300 “Theories of MFT I” (3)
  • MFT 6303 “Theories of MFT II” (3)
  • MFT 6301 “Becoming a Systems Therapist” (3)
  • MFT 6610 “Treatment of Abusive Systems” (3)
  • MFT 6100 “Social Ecology of Family” (3)

Business Administration courses

  • BUS 6110 “Macroeconomics for Managers” (3)
  • BUS 6120 “Managerial Finance” (3)
  • BUS 6130 “Financial Accounting” (3)
  • BUS 6132 “Managerial Accounting” (3)
  • BUS 6140 “Legal Environment of Business” (3)
  • BUS 6150 “Managerial Marketing” (3)
  • BUS 6164 “Operations Management” (3)
  • BUS 6170 “Information Systems Management” (3)
  • BUS 6202 "Business Ethics" (3)
  • BUS 6300 “Human Resource Management” (3)
  • BUS 6301 “Labor and Employee Relations” (3)
  • BUS 6303 “Compensation and Benefits” (3)
  • BUS 6305 “Managing Cultural Diversity” (3)
  • BUS 6360 "Innovation and Change Management" (3)
  • BUS 6361 “Advanced Negotiations” (3)
  • BUS 6367 "Managerial Communication" (3)

Clinical Psychology courses

(Available only to doctoral students)

  • CPY 7210 “Developmental Psychology” (5)
  • CPY 7230 “Cognition and Learning” (5)

Theology courses

  • THEO 6010 “Bible I: Interpretation and Teaching Christian Scriptures” (3)
  • THEO 6020 “Global Christian Heritage I” (3)
  • THEO 6030 “Theology/Ethics I: God/Environment” (3)
  • THEO 6040 “Bible II: Intro to Old Testament” (3)
  • THEO 6050 “Global Christian Heritage II” (3)
  • THEO 6060 “Theology/Ethics II” (3)
  • THEO 6070 “Bible III: Intro to New Testament” (3)
  • THEO 6080 “Global Christian Heritage III” (3)
  • THEO 6090 “Theology/Ethics III” (3)
  • THEO 6512 “Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies” (3)

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Topical Seminars

  • ORG 6910/7910 "Topical Seminar in Organizational Psychology"(4)
  • ORG 6912/7912 "Topical Seminar in Organizational Development" (4)


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“During my time as an undergraduate psychology and theology student, I met a group of graduate students who were studying industrial-organizational psychology. Instead of regarding me as a younger student, they took me under their wings and challenged me ....”

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