Which GRE do I take?
We require the general GRE, which is administered electronically. For more information about the general GRE, visit www.gre.org.
Do I have to take the GRE if I already have a graduate degree?
- Applicants to the MA who already have a graduate degree in a related field (Psychology, Business) from a regionally accredited institution may wave the GRE.
- All applicants to the Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. program.
I already have a master's degree. Can I count it towards the Ph.D.?
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 5 years and be equivalent to courses taught within the Organizational Psychology program. Decisions are made on a course-by-course basis after admission to the program. For detailed information regarding transfer policies, visit our website.
Can I transfer from the master's program into the doctoral program?
Students who have completed the MA in Organizational Psychology at SPU may apply for admission to the Ph.D. If accepted, 54 of the MA credits will be transferred.
What's the difference between the 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 M.A. Students complete an intensive year-long research core, participate on a faculty-led research team in their second and third year, and complete a one-year placement and a research and dissertation sequence. This additional emphasis on research prepares students for higher-level positions and academic careers.
How long does each program take?
- The M.A. is designed to be completed in a two-year full-time sequence or three-year part-time sequence, beginning in Autumn quarter
- The Ph.D. is designed to be completed in a four-year full-time sequence, beginning Summer 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 from 5:30 - 8:30. Typically, students in their first year have class two evenings a week and students in their second year have class two-three times an evening.
- The doctoral program is designed for a full-time student. Classes may be held in the morning and afternoon, making a full-time employment difficult.
Do you offer Research and Teaching Assistantships?
- Three research assistantships are available to master's students. Master's graduate assistants work about five hour a week and receive a modest stipend. All students are welcome to apply for assistantships, but positions are usually awarded to continuing students. Students should apply for these positions after formal admission to the M.A. program.
- Six research assistantships are available to doctoral students. 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. Students should apply for these positions after formal admission to the Ph.D. program.