Put psychology to work to create better working environments.
The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology is an excellent option for those who want to better understand the inner workings of human resources, and how theories and principles of psychology can be applied in a practical setting. Offered through the College of Continuing Studies, this path offers a curriculum that allows for more liberal arts courses, giving you the opportunity to explore new interests and enrich your learning outside of the major.
Rider University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Why choose Rider for your online BA in Organizational Psychology?
If you’re going to invest in yourself by earning your degree in organizational psychology, you want to choose a school that will give you an excellent return. Rider is committed to doing just that — by keeping class sizes small to ensure more individualized attention and having a dedicated faculty of distinguished experts who truly support students throughout their journey. We also make sure our classes are 100% online, so you can make earning your degree work around your busy life.
Choosing the Bachelor of Arts for your online organizational psychology degree can prepare you for a variety of jobs, while also allowing you to expand your knowledge across a wide range of other subjects. Earning your degree can also provide you with the foundation to continue your education at the graduate level.
What does Rider’s online BA program cover?
This organizational psychology degree path combines both liberal arts and psychology with a focus on the behavioral aspects of managing and supervising the human resources of an organization or business. In addition to psychology courses, the curriculum also includes communications, management, information technology, employee management and a host of elective options.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of human behavior in work settings
- Obtain the skills for helping improve employee satisfaction and job performance
- Benefit from networking and gain experience through internships and other professional opportunities
Expand your career options
Earning your BA can open the doors to a variety of careers in organizational psychology. The combination of skills and knowledge can help prepare you to improve employee satisfaction and job performance to make a real impact on an organization’s bottom line. That’s something that can benefit all types of organizations.
Graduates with an online degree in organizational psychology can feel good about their potential opportunities, as the career outlook continues to be strong. In fact, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey citing data up to May 2017, organizational psychologists earned an average annual wage of $102,530 – with wages ranging from $50,730 to $184,520.
A BA in Organizational Psychology can help you qualify for the following roles and median annual salaries*:
Employee Relations Specialist
Projected job growth: 7.1%
Human Resources Manager
Projected job growth: 7%
Training and Development Specialist
Projected job growth: 9%
*According to Burning Glass Technologies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A better future should be available for anyone with the drive to pursue it. That’s why we make our BA in Organizational Psychology degree as accessible as possible.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.*
- A completed application with a non-refundable $50 application fee.
- Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended. Transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits must also submit an official high school transcript or copy of GED certificate.
*Prospective students who do not meet this requirement can speak with an enrollment advisor regarding alternate paths for admission.
Why earn your online BA in Organizational Psychology?
Businesses are made up of people — and knowing how to get the most out of them is something leadership craves. When you understand the key concepts of management and psychology, you have a clearer picture of what makes employees and organizations function at their best.
The online psychology courses in this program can deepen your understanding of perception and attitudes, employee motivation and engagement, and organizational leadership and power — the things that help organizations function at their best.
Start times that fit your life
Earning your degree in organizational psychology has to work around your schedule. We make our program as flexible as possible with 100% online coursework — and allow you to choose from multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose one that works for you.
- Fall A – August 31
- Fall B – October 19
- Spring A – January 25
- Spring B – March 22
- Summer A – May 18
- Summer B – July 6
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology Curriculum
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology (121 Credit Hours):
Of the 121 total credits, 36 credits must be from upper level courses, either within the major or any electives.
Basic Core (9 Credit Hours):
|CIS 185||Information Technology||3 Credits|
This course will enable students to use Microsoft Excel and Access to design and create complex applications to support effective decision making. Students will use Excel to design and create spreadsheets to support business analytics. Access will be used to understand, design, create, and utilize relational databases.
|CMP 120||Expository Writing||3 Credits|
Students will increase their competence in the critical reading of challenging college-level texts that engage significant ideas and in writing effective essays that advance a clear and meaningful thesis while demonstrating understanding of those texts. The second of the department’s three-course composition sequence, This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
|CMP 125||Research Writing||3 Credits|
Introduces students to the process of library research and documented writing. Emphasis will be on the refinement of critical reading, thinking, and writing strategies applied to multiple sources and documented papers. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
Areas of Knowledge (33-35 Credit Hours):
*No Psychology courses. Full course listings below.
|Historical Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 212 Multicultural America
|Artistic and Intellectual Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 225 American Folklore
|Contemporary Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 212 Multicultural America
|Natural World Perspective - choose 2 courses:||6-8 Credits|
BIO 100 Life Science
Required Courses (22 Credit Hours):
*Students may choose PSY 210 or MGT 201
|PSY 100||Introduction To Psychology||3 Credits|
An orientation to psychology covering major facts, principles and concepts about human and animal behavior and experience, research findings, major problems, basic vocabulary, methodologies and contributions in the field. Topics include psychology as a science; human development; individual differences; intelligence and its measurement; special aptitudes and interests; personality and social behavior; motivation and emotion; frustration and personality deviations; and learning, thinking, remembering and forgetting.
|PSY 105||Introduction to Research in Psychology||3 Credits|
Students will be introduced to the basic research methods used in psychology, including surveys, experiments and observation. They will collect data and learn to describe it using basic tools of analysis, including graphic display and statistical analysis. Students will read original psychological research and learn to write using the conventions of the American Psychological Association.
|PSY 210||Organizational Psychology||3 Credits|
Focuses on issues related to human behavior in work settings. Topics include personnel issues such as hiring and promotion decisions, performance appraisals and methods of on-the-job training. Issues of job satisfaction, motivation, productivity and effective leadership styles are also examined. Finally, organizational structure as it relates to communication within organizations will be examined.
|MGT 201||Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behavior||3 Credits|
This course deals with the fundamentals of organizational behavior as they relate to management such as motivation, communications, and leadership. Behavior is examined at the individual, group, and organizational level. The management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling are addressed. The effects of global operations and the requirements of ethical behavior on managers are also explored.
|PSY 240||Social Psychology||3 Credits|
Deals with the scientific study of human beings in social situations, focusing on reciprocal influence of the individual and the group, especially aspects of behavior that are socially determined. The nature of attitudes: their development and change; the nature of social influence; interpersonal perception and attraction; dynamics of social behavior; and social phenomena, such as prejudice and social movements, are covered.
|MGT 310||Introduction to Human Resource Management||3 Credits|
This course deals with the nature of human resource management, its functions, procedures and practices currently found in for-profit, nonprofit and public sector organizations. Topics covered include recruiting and selection, training, human resource development, equal employment opportunity, performance appraisal, diversity, job analysis, compensation and employee rights and discipline.
|MGT 355||Team Management||3 Credits|
This course prepares students to work in organizations that use teams as an integral part of their functioning — an increasingly common practice. The class involves intensive group interaction, focusing on individual growth in group settings. Working with other students in role-plays, exercises and team assignments allows the student to develop better communication and leadership skills.
|PSY 329L or|
|Research Methods in Organizational Psychology Lab|
This course covers the general area of research methods such as experimental and non-experimental methods, measurement, statistics and preparation of reports for presentation and publication. In addition, research topics common in the area of organizational psychology such as worker motivation, job satisfaction, stress and burnout, communications in the workplace, productivity, decision-making, leadership style and organizational structure will also be discussed. Students gain hands-on experience conducting empirical research.
Statistics Choice (3-6 Credit Hours):
Choose PSY 201 or both MSD 205 and BDA 201
|PSY 201||Statistics and Research Design||3 Credits|
Introduces students to statistics and research methods in the behavioral sciences. Covers the fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics, a variety of issues in research design, selected research designs including the case study, correlational and experimental designs. In addition, students will explore the literature in psychology to examine the use of statistics and research design in real research problems.
|MSD 205||Business Statistics||3 Credits|
This course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts, knowledge and tools from statistics that may be useful in one's attempt to reach intelligent conclusions in real-world settings, particularly in business applications. The focus is on the normal random variable, sampling distributions, framework of estimation and hypothesis testing, as well as the one-way ANOVA and simple regression model.
Prerequisite(s): MSD 10
|BDA 201||Introduction to Business Analytics||3 Credits|
This course introduces students to the process of analyzing big data and discovering new information to support business decision making. The course covers descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Some topics covered include data visualization, data forecasting, and data mining. This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the role of business analytics in organizations and shows students how to apply basic business analytics tools in a spreadsheet environment. It also includes how to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytic models and results for making better business decisions. Emphasis is given on applications, concepts and interpretation of results. Students utilize Excel for data analysis.
Prerequisite(s): MSD 205 or MSD 200.
Communication Choice (3 Credit Hours):
Choose one of the following:
|COM 253||Organizational Communication||3 Credits|
Focuses on the ongoing communication processes in organizations. This course examines how and why organizations develop policies and procedures that both encourage and yet constrain creativity and autonomy in employees. It also introduces various management skills to balance the dynamic in organizations. Finally, the course introduces students to various communication technologies that enable communication processes in organizations. Students will also have opportunities to participate in creating organizational dynamics through role-playing exercises, case studies and other kinds of experiential learning.
|COM 350||Team & Group Communication|
Examines the communication process as it relates to the small group. Theoretical constructs including motivation, group climate, attraction, leadership, decision-making, problem solving and roles are analyzed. Utilizes group experience to study and evaluate the dynamics and effectiveness of interpersonal systems.
Employee Management Choice (6 Credit Hours):
Choose two of the following:
*Cannot take both MGT 490 and PSY 490
|HRM 315||Employee Selection & Training||3 Credits|
This course explains the processes involved in selecting and training employees. With regards to selection, specific examples include evaluating applicant credentials, administering pre-employment tests and complying with equal employment opportunity legislation. With regards to training, topics include assessing the need for training, designing effective training programs, utilizing methods such as technology to deliver training and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs.
|HRM 316||Employee Compensation Systems||3 Credits|
The goal of this course is to familiarize you with the common methods of compensation used by today’s organizations and how these methods could be used to increase motivation, job satisfaction and performance in the workplace. To accomplish this, we will first discuss the bases of motivation in the workplace. Next, we will then talk about the various compensation options and techniques and the strengths and weaknesses of each in maximizing motivation and performance in an organization.
|HRM 333||Employee Engagement||3 Credits|
Employee engagement is commonly described as a focused passion and enthusiasm that employees bring to their work that produces high-quality performance and positive organizational outcomes such as enhanced firm reputation, customer loyalty and profitability. In this course, students will explore the concept and value of employee engagement, and strategies for energizing an organization's workforce. Projects and activities will focus on the role of the human resource function in measuring employee attitudes, designing relevant interventions and influencing a culture of engagement.
|MGT 320||Managing Workforce Diversity||3 Credits|
Demographic shifts, changing patterns of labor force participation, global competition and a growing cultural emphasis on the celebration of difference have all contributed to the creation of diversity as a hot topic in management. This course explores the opportunities and challenges of the increasingly diverse workforce emerging in the United States today. We will address the knowledge and skills managers must develop in working with others who are different from themselves. Some of these differences are obvious, such as gender, race, age and physical characteristics. Other differences are not as easily observed, such as family structure, educational level, social class and sexual orientation. This class incorporates experiential learning techniques for personal growth.
|MGT 490||Independent Research and Study||3 Credits|
Topic to be approved in advance by supervising instructor, chairperson and academic dean. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation, and can be used as free elective or MGT major elective. Prerequisite(s): MGT 201 or permission of instructor.
Psychology Choice (6 Credit Hours):
Choose two of the following:
*Cannot take both MGT 490 and PSY 490
|PSY 215||Personality||3 Credits|
A synthesis of the most recent research in the field of personality development. Topics include interplay of biological, cultural and subjective personal processes; analysis of the broad trends in personality theories; and introduction to personality measurement. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.
|PSY 225||Learning and Memory||3 Credits|
A broad coverage of the expanding fields of learning, memory and cognition is provided, while addressing their relevance and impact on human behavior. Continuity between early associationistic and contemporary cognitive theories is established. Topics range from basic conditioning to the more complex processes of memory, concept learning, thinking and problem solving. Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.
|PSY 315||Psychological Tests||3 Credits|
Examines the history of psychological testing. Issues concerning the construction of psychological tests are discussed, including concepts concerning reliability, validity and item analysis. The rationale and structure of the major tests of intelligence, aptitude and personality are reviewed, including the Rorschach, WAIS, TAT, MMPI and Bender-Gestalt. In the last section of the course, students are given hands-on experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of a standard test battery.
|PSY 400||Senior Seminar||3 Credits|
This capstone course will provide a synthesis and evaluation of important critical issues in psychology, such as the role of modern psychology in solving social problems, the scientific vs. human services perspectives on behavior, emotion and cognition, and the nature of mental illness and well-being. Students will be expected to draw broadly from their education in psychology; to grapple with conflicting points of view; and produce professional-quality writing, oral or multimedia presentations.
|PSY 490||Independent Study: Research & Creative Expression||3 Credits|
Provides students with an opportunity to design and carry out original research in an area of their choice. Students designate a faculty supervisor and work closely with him/her during the semester. All students must have approval from the department and the dean to register for PSY 490. Prerequisite(s): PSY 201.
Free Electives (33-39 Credit Hours):
Free elective credit hours may be taken in any department within the university.
We understand how busy life can be. We also understand how important earning your degree is to a successful career. That’s why we’re committed to being here for you every step of the way with the flexibility you need and the support you deserve. After all, your success is our success.