Doctoral research in Organizational Behavior prepares graduates to implement organizational theory and research in order to achieve organizational effectiveness and improve individual work life.

The Organizational Behavior PhD is ideal for those committed to creating socially responsible organizations and meeting the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce, global economy, and global community. Curriculum emphasizes basic, translational, and applied theory and research and their reciprocal relationship. Our students get a substantive head start in psychology scholarship through a rich array of student- and faculty-led research projects and can tailor coursework to fit individual interests and career goals.

Program Highlights
  • All Organizational Behavior research graduate students are encouraged to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs, often at CGU’s research centers and affiliates, such as the Claremont Evaluation Center or the Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute.
  • All Organizational Behavior research students who request financial aid receive fellowships. DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.
  • DBOS offers a certificate program and professional development workshops in Evaluation & Applied Methods for those seeking continuing education.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
72 units

COMPLETION TIME
3–7 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DIVISION
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED
PhD in Psychology

Featured Courses

Psych 350s
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Development & Change

Doctoral seminar exploring organizational change processes, including problem diagnosis, development of alternative interventions, change management, and more.

PSYCH 308C
Applied Multiple Regression

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

PSYCH 321
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Theory

Topics covered in this course will include theories of organizational structure, organizations as systems and cultures, decision making, intergroup conflict and negotiation, and impacts of information technology on modern organizations.

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.

PSYCH 319
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Behavior

Doctoral seminar covering core areas of organizational behavior, including such topics as organizational structure, roles, technology, communication, effectiveness, job design, and more.

PSYCH 315Q
Qualitative Research Methods

Introduces different types of qualitative research methods and how they can be utilized in the study of organizations, with a primary emphasis on their utilization in research and consulting settings.

Curriculum

Organizational Behavior Core Courses (12 units)
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Behavior (4 units)
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Theory (4 units)
Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Development & Change (4 units)

Organizational Behavior & Related Electives (32 units)
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.

Statistics & Methodology (20 units)
Research Methods (4 units)
Directed Research Seminar: Organizational Behavior (two 2-unit courses)
Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
PSYCH 315 Sequence: 4 additional units of Advanced Methodology

Field/Teaching Experience (4 units)
Supervised Teaching Seminar (4 units)
or
Field Placement (4 units)

Transdisciplinary Core Course (4 units)
All PhD students are required to enroll in a transdisciplinary core course from the “TNDY” course sequence during their first three semesters at Claremont Graduate University.

Portfolio
In addition to 72 units of coursework, all students must complete a portfolio that represents a cohesive set of experiences balancing training in their area of specialization.

PhD Completion

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

    Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Positive organizational psychology, Theory-driven evaluation, Organizational and career development, Health and well-being

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi profile image

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management
    Founder, Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center

    Research Interests

    Creativity and innovation, Flow

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    Professor of Organizational Behavior
    Director, Human Resource Management

    Research Interests

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

  • Jeanne Nakamura profile image

    Jeanne Nakamura

    Associate Professor
    Co-director, Quality of Life Research Center

    Research Interests

    Engagement, Mentoring, Positive aging

  • Michael Hogg profile image

    Michael Hogg

    Professor of Social Psychology
    Chair, Social Psychology Programs

    Research Interests

    Social psychology, Identity and leadership processes, Group formation,
    Solidarity and cohesion, Group structure, Societal extremism

  • 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

  • Paul J. Zak profile image

    Paul J. Zak

    Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
    Chair, Department of Economic Sciences
    Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

  • Jean Lipman-Blumen profile image

    Jean Lipman-Blumen

    Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior

    Research Interests

    Achieving styles, Crisis management, Gender roles, Leadership, Organizational behavior

  • Vijay Sathe profile image

    Vijay Sathe

    C.S. & D.J. Davidson Chair and Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Business and global strategy, Revitalization of self, Organizations, Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

  • William Crano profile image

    William Crano

    Oskamp Chair, Distinguished Professorship in Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social influence; Effects of persuasive information on drug addiction and HIV/AIDS; Minority and majority relationships to health information;
    Children and adolescent relationship to health information

  • Kathy Pezdek profile image

    Kathy Pezdek

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Memory and comprehension, Visual memory, Eyewitness memory, Suggestibility of memory, Autobiographical memory

  • Allen M. Omoto profile image

    Allen M. Omoto

    Interim Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education & Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social psychology; Volunteerism and prosocial action; Environmental concerns; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; Civil engagement and civil society

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