Questions about ... Admissions
What types of jobs are students and alumni doing?
Current students and alumni in the Industrial-Organizational program at SPU making a difference in the world of work. Find out where they are working.
Which GRE do I take?
We require the general GRE, which is administered electronically. Visit the GRE site for more information.
Do I have to take the GRE if I already have a graduate degree?
Applicants to the master’s degree who already have a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in such related fields psychology or business may wave the GRE.
All applicants to the doctoral program are required to take the general GRE.
I'm interested in the doctoral program. Do I need to apply for the master's program first?
No. We admit applicants with a bachelor's degree directly into the doctoral program.
I already have a master's degree. Can I count it towards the doctorate?
Students with a master's degree in business or psychology may transfer up to 30 graduate-level credits from a regionally accredited institution.
Courses must have been taken within the last five years and be equivalent to courses taught within SPU’s Organizational Psychology program. Decisions are made on a course-by-course basis after admission to the program.
Learn more about our transfer policies [LINK TO: Prospective Student/Master’s page].
Can I transfer from the master's program into the doctoral program?
Students who have completed the master’s in organizational psychology at SPU may apply for admission to the doctoral program. If accepted, 54 of the master’s credits will be transferred.
Questions About … Our Program
What's the difference between an M.A. and a Ph.D.?
The master's program develops professionals within organizational development, training fields, and human resources.
The doctoral program is more research intensive than the master’s degree. This additional emphasis on research prepares students for higher-level positions and academic careers.
Doctoral students complete an intensive year-long research core, participate on a faculty-led research team in their second and third year, and complete both a one-year placement and a research and dissertation sequence.
How long does each program take?
The master’s degree is designed to be completed in a two-year, full-time sequence or in a three-year, part-time sequence (beginning in Autumn Quarter).
The doctorate is designed to be completed in a four-year, full-time sequence (Autumn Quarter).
Can I work full-time while I am enrolled?
The master's program is designed for the working professional. Classes are typically held in the evenings, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Most first-year students have class two evenings a week, while second-year students have class two to three times a week.
The doctoral program is designed for a full-time student. Classes may be held in the morning and afternoon, making full-time employment difficult.
Questions About … Finances
Do you offer research and teaching assistantships?
For master’s students, three research assistantships are available. Master's graduate assistants work about five hours a week and receive a modest stipend.
All students are welcome to apply for assistantships, but positions are usually awarded to continuing students. Apply for these positions after formal admission to the master’s program.
For doctoral students, six research assistantships are available. Doctoral graduate assistantships work about eight hours a week and receive a modest stipend.
All students are welcome to apply for assistantships, but positions are usually awarded to continuing students. Apply for these positions after formal admission to the doctoral program.