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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


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:

One Major, Two Degree Options
Because this unique major combines the studies of business and psychology, Rider students can pursue this major through either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at the College of Business Administration.


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

In addition to the business, psychology and communication courses shown below, the B.A. in Organizational Psychology includes the core curriculum required of all students in Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

(82-86 credits)

CORE REQUIREMENTS
See LAS Core Page 42-43
REQUIRED COURSES  
PSY 100 Intro To Psychology 3
PSY 105 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3
PSY 210 Organizational Psychology 3
or MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior
MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt 3
MGT 355 Team Management 3
PSY 240 Social Psychology 3
PSY 329 Research Methods in Organizational Psychology 4
PSY 329L Research Methods in Organizational Psychology 0
Choose one of the following: 3-6
Statistics and Research Design  
OR  
Statistical Methods I
and Statistical Methods II
 
Choose one of the following courses: 3
Professional/Strategic Speech  
Organizational Communication  
Team & Group Communication  
Choose two of the following courses: 6
Managing Workforce Diversity  
Employee Selection & Training  
Employee Compensation Systems  
Employee Engagement  
Independent Research and Study 1  
Choose two of the following courses: 6
Personality  
Learning and Memory  
Psychological Tests  
Senior Seminar  
Independent Research and Study 1  
Total Credits 82-86

Note:

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

View the academic catalog for the most up-to-date information on course requirements.