Organizational Behavior and Evaluation enhances your Master of Arts in Psychology with rigorous examination of group behavior and the evaluation skills to gauge organizational effectiveness through this lens.

Ideal for those who are committed to creating or improving socially responsible organizations, Organizational Behavior and Evaluation explores how to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce within a global economy and community. One of CGU’s most popular, the program trains future leaders, change agents, scholars, and educators to use psychological and organizational theory and research to improve organizational effectiveness and the work life of all individuals. You’ll integrate this knowledge with a background in evaluation and applied research methods to better understand and assess organizational health, all within one of the preeminent evaluation programs in the country.

Program Highlights
  • Flexible programming lets you tailor your coursework to fit your individual interests and career goals.
  • All Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences (DBOS) graduate students are required to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs. A variety of faculty members, research institutes, local colleges and universities, and local organizations employ DBOS students.
  • The Organizational Sciences programs admit students with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in psychology, business administration, or related fields.
  • We admit students directly from undergraduate programs and mid-career students who are returning to the university after more extensive work experience.
  • All Organizational Behavior and Positive Organizational Psychology students who request financial aid receive fellowships. DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.


Program at a Glance

48 units

2 years

Fall | Spring

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MA in Psychology

Featured Courses

PSYCH 350h
Organizational Culture

Examines the methodological, epistemological, and problem-solving issues involved in the study of organizational culture through a wide range of approaches.

PSYCH 308a
Intermediate Statistics

Studies descriptive techniques, probability theory, basic statistical distributions (binomial, t, z, X2, F), measures of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions, selected nonparametric methods, and hypothesis testing.

Applied Multiple Regression

Explores bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression with an emphasis on applications of multiple regression to data analysis.

PSYCH 302a
Research Methods

Surveys contemporary research methods in psychology, focusing on research conceptualization, design, and measurement and the logic of minimizing the number of viable alternative explanations for a set of findings.

Organizational Behavior

Surveys core areas of organizational behavior, exploring theory, research, and selected applications on topics such as organizational structure, roles, technology, communication, and more.

IST 503
Qualitative Research

Provides hands-on experience in designing, conducting and writing up qualitative research while exploring issues in research on information systems questions.


Organizational Behavior Core Courses (12 units)
PSYCH 319: Overview of Organizational Behavior (4 units)
Plus 8 units from:
PSYCH321: Organizational Theory (4 units)
PSYCH 350h: Organizational Culture (4 units)
PSYCH350j: Organizational Change & Development (4 units)

Organizational Behavior & Related Electives (12 units)
Recent electives have included Training & Development, Positive Leadership, Leadership & Followership, Creativity & Innovation, and Designing High-Performance Organizations Using Neuroscience. Students are often encouraged to take elective courses in the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker School of Management, the Division of Politics & Economics, the Center for Information Systems & Technology, the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Applied Research & Evaluation Methodology (24 units)
PSYCH 302a: Research Methods (4 units)
PSYCH 308a: Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
PSYCH 308b: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
PSYCH 308c: Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
PSYCH 308d: Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
PSYCH 326: Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
PSYCH 315z: Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
PSYCH 315ee: Evaluation Procedures (4 units)
Evaluation Elective course (2 units)

In the Field Opportunities
Under the supervision of professionals with expertise in your particular areas of interest, you can participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a range of corporations and organizations, including:

• Southern California Edison Company
• Kaiser Permanente
• Orange County Rapid Transit District
• Riverside County Department of Mental Health
• Claremont Evaluation Center
• Institute for Research on Social Issues

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Positive organizational psychology, theory-driven evaluation, organizational and career development, health and well-being

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    Interim Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Professor of Organizational Behavior
    Director, Human Resource Management

    Research Interests

    Organizational culture, Leadership in corporate cultures, Charismatic leadership, Interpersonal trust, Political and executive leadership

  • Becky Reichard profile image

    Becky Reichard

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Leadership evaluation, assessment, and development; impact of leader development interventions; leader developmental readiness; leader motivation and self-development, longitudinal research on leader development

  • Jeffrey Yip profile image

    Jeffrey Yip

    Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology

    Research Interests

    Leadership, Mentoring, Career development

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