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Are you interested in knowing what motivates a person to perform well at a job, or what qualities a company needs to look for to make a great hire? Today’s businesses and organizations need professionals who understand human behavior, group dynamics and how to make the workplace function better. A major in Organizational Psychology from Rider University will help prepare you for a career in one of America’s fastest-growing professions

B.S.B.A. in Organizational Psychology Overview

Rider University’s program is one of just a handful in the nation offering a unique interdisciplinary major that combines business and psychology. This versatile degree can have a real impact on an organization’s bottom line by helping to improve employee satisfaction and job performance.

Majors in this program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the important contributions that organizational psychology plays in today’s workplace.

About the Program

The Organizational Psychology program focuses on the behavioral aspects of managing and supervising the human resources of an organization or business. You will learn the key concepts of management and psychology, including perception and attitudes, employee motivation and engagement, and organizational leadership and power — and gain an in-depth understanding of what makes employees and organizations function at their best.

As an Organizational Psychology major, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of human behavior in work settings
  • Learn how to enhance performance within an organization or business
  • Benefit from networking and gain real-world experience through internships and other professional opportunities 

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the top of its list of 20-fastest growing occupations, with a projected growth rate of 53 percent between now and 2022.

Organizational psychologists are in demand because their expertise results in better hires, increased productivity, reduced turnover and lower labor costs. They can work as consultants to organizations, or serve in-house in a variety of jobs, including:

  • Human resource officer
  • Employee development manager
  • Organizational development director
  • Quality performance manager
  • Organizational psychologist
  • Testing specialist
  • Compensation and benefits specialist

Program Requirements

The B.S.B.A. in Organizational Psychology includes the core business curriculum required of all students in Rider’s AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration, plus the required and elective courses in management and psychology, shown below. 

(82-86 credits)

See Business Core Page for Core Requirements 42-43
Required Courses  
MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt 3
MGT 355 Team Management 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 105 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
PSY 240 Social Psychology 3
PSY 329 Research Methods in Organizational Psychology 4
Choose two of the following courses: 6
HRM 315 Employee Selection & Training 3
HRM 316 Employee Compensation Systems 3
HRM 333 Employee Engagement 3
MGT 320 Managing Workforce Diversity 3
MGT 490 Independent Research and Study1 1-4
Choose two of the following courses: 6
PSY 215 Personality 3
PSY 225 Learning and Memory 3
PSY 315 Psychological Tests 3
PSY 400 Senior Seminar 3
PSY 490 Independent Research and Study 1 1-4
Total Credits 31

1Students may take either PSY 490 or MGT 490 to satisfy major requirements, but may not count both courses towards the major requirements.

Eugene Kutcher III
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 240

Research Interests

Social aspects of selection and recruitment, Person Organization Fit, organizational culture, training effectiveness, and organizational citizenship behavior