Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology

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Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of two- and four-year institutions

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Finish your degree in fewer than two years with transfer credits

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. 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 recognized as a 2020-2021 College of Distinction.

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

Admission requirements

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.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

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
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3 Credits
CMP 125 Research Writing 3 Credits

Areas of Knowledge (33-35 Credit Hours):

*No Psychology courses. Full course listings below.

Historical Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Artistic and Intellectual Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Contemporary Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Natural World Perspective - choose 2 courses:

Required Courses (22 Credit Hours):

*Students may choose PSY 210 or MGT 201

PSY 100 Introduction To Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 105 Introduction to Research in Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 210 Organizational Psychology 3 Credits
MGT 201 Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behavior 3 Credits
PSY 240 Social Psychology 3 Credits
MGT 310 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3 Credits
MGT 355 Team Management 3 Credits
PSY 329L or
MGT 329L
Research Methods in Organizational Psychology Lab

Statistics Choice (3-6 Credit Hours):

Choose PSY 201 or both MSD 205 and BDA 201

PSY 201 Statistics and Research Design 3 Credits
MSD 205 Business Statistics 3 Credits
BDA 201 Introduction to Business Analytics 3 Credits

Communication Choice (3 Credit Hours):

Choose one of the following:

COM 253 Organizational Communication 3 Credits
COM 350 Team & Group Communication

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
HRM 316 Employee Compensation Systems 3 Credits
HRM 333 Employee Engagement 3 Credits
MGT 320 Managing Workforce Diversity 3 Credits
MGT 490 Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

Psychology Choice (6 Credit Hours):

Choose two of the following:

*Cannot take both MGT 490 and PSY 490

PSY 215 Personality 3 Credits
PSY 225 Learning and Memory 3 Credits
PSY 315 Psychological Tests 3 Credits
PSY 400 Senior Seminar 3 Credits
PSY 490 Independent Study: Research & Creative Expression 3 Credits

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.