Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation provides you with the tools and credentials to assess and improve organizational effectiveness and the work life of all individuals.

In this distinctive program, you’ll learn to improve organizational effectiveness and individual work life through positive organizational psychology research, integrating that scholarship with a background in evaluation and applied research methods, all within one of the preeminent evaluation programs in the country. Ideal for those committed to creating socially responsible organizations, this concentration explores how to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce in a global economy and community. You’ll find mentoring and research opportunities to collaborate with leading scholars in both fields. Program faculty includes one of the founders of Positive Psychology, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Program Highlights
  • CGU leaped to the forefront of positive psychology research in 1999 when Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Management Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi founded the Quality of Life Research Center, a nonprofit institute that researches a range of cutting-edge issues in positive psychology and provides a forum for scholars from across the globe to extend their research and studies in the field.
  • Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge in collaborative projects with such institutions as schools, workplaces, and social service agencies interested in improving the experience and lives of their constituents.
  • 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 we also admit mid-career students who are returning to the university after more extensive work experience.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DIVISION
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED
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 329
Foundations of Positive Psychology

Introduces the history, intellectual sources, and main topics of research and application in the burgeoning field of positive psychology.

PSYCH 350
Positive Leadership

Examines the topic of leadership through a positive psychological lens and explores comprehension and critical appraisal of current theories and empirical evidence.

PSYCH 315Z
Comparative Evaluation Theory

Provides basic understanding of prevalent evaluation theories, systems for categorizing these theories, the process of theory development in evaluation, and more.

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.

PSYCH 350kk
Positive Organizational Psychology

Engages in the study of especially positive outcomes, processes, and attributes of organizations and their systems.

Curriculum

Positive Organizational Psychology Core Courses (14 units)
Foundations of Positive Psychology (4 units)
Overview of Organizational Behavior (4 units)
Positive Leadership (2 units)
Positive Organizational Psychology (4 units)

Positive Organizational Psychology & Related Electives (12 units)
Flow: The Psychology of Positive Experience (2 units)
Creativity & Innovation (2 units)
Good Work (4 units)
Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Change (2 units)
Organizational Learning: Theory & Practice (4 units)
Organizational Culture (4 units)
Leadership (4 units)
Adult Development: Classic & Positive Perspectives (4 units)
The Study of Experience (4 units)
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)
Positive Organizational & I/O Psych Research Practicum (2 to 4 units)
Job Design (2 units)
Motivation & Peak Performance (4 units)
Training & Development (4 units)
Doctoral Seminar: Theoretical Perspectives in Organizational Behavior (4 units)
Doctoral Seminar: Industrial Psychology (4 units)
Talent Management (4 units)
Interpersonal Dynamics in Organizations (4 units)
Jobs, Careers & Calling (4 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.

Applied Research & Evaluation Methodology (22 units)
Research Methods (4 units)
Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
Evaluation Procedures (4 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

  • Jeanne Nakamura profile image

    Jeanne Nakamura

    Associate Professor
    Co-director, Quality of Life Research Center

    Research Interests

    Engagement, Mentoring, Positive aging

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    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

  • Jeffrey Yip profile image

    Jeffrey Yip

    Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology

    Research Interests

    Leadership, Mentoring, Career development

  • 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

  • Paul J. Zak profile image

    Paul J. Zak

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

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

  • Tarek Azzam profile image

    Tarek Azzam

    Associate Professor of Evaluation and Applied Methods

    Research Interests

    Social research and methodologies, Policy and program evaluations, Data visualization and evaluation

  • Leslie Fierro profile image

    Leslie Fierro

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Evaluation

    Research Interests

    Evaluation policy in the design, conduct, and use of program evaluations

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Associate Professor of Social Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion, Motivation, Research Methodology

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Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7151
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