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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. 

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