Learn to improve employee performance — and business bottom lines.
Understand the important contributions that organizational psychology plays in today’s workplace with Rider’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Organizational Psychology. This unique interdisciplinary degree is one of just a handful in the nation that combines business and psychology in one program. Because it includes a strong business core of coursework, our BSBA in Organizational Psychology is an excellent path for students interested in human resources, corporate structure and business administration.
Rider University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Why choose Rider for your online BSBA in Organizational Psychology?
Choosing the degree that works for you is important. So is choosing the right school for that degree. Rider prides itself on keeping class sizes small to allow for more individual attention and support. Most classes are taught by full-time instructors with workplace expertise and diverse backgrounds. And because they’re 100% online, they are built to work around your schedule.
Earning your online organizational psychology degree with the BSBA track can prepare you for jobs in a wide variety of industries. You’ll also be laying the foundation to continue your education in a graduate MBA program.
What Does Rider’s Online BSBA in Organizational Psychology Cover?
Our online degree in organizational psychology curriculum features a business core that includes accounting, economics, management, marketing, finance, the legal and ethical environment of business, strategic management, analytics and technology. The program focuses on the behavioral aspects of managing and supervising the human resources of an organization or business.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of human behavior in work settings
- Obtain the skills for improving employee satisfaction and job performance
- Benefit from networking and gain real-world experience through internships and other professional opportunities
A host of career options
Your BSBA can prepare you for a variety of careers in organizational psychology. After all, most businesses are looking for professionals who can help hire better employees, increase productivity, reduce turnover and lower labor costs.
The career outlook for those with this degree continues to be strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for Human Resources Managers alone to grow 7% from 2018-2028 – that’s faster than the national average.
Your BSBA 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
We want everyone to have the chance to pursue their goals. That’s why we do our best to make our online BSBA 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 BSBA in Organizational Psychology?
Understanding the science behind the human mind can certainly be a benefit to an organization. But when you combine it with an in-depth understanding of business principles, you have the potential to become an even greater asset to a wider range of businesses.
Rider’s online BSBA degree in organizational psychology can help you develop the skills and experience to thrive as an integral part of a business. The curriculum, platform and schedule are all designed to give you the flexibility to make pursuing your future in this field attainable.
Choose a start time that works for you
Your degree has to work around your life. We help make that happen by ensuring our classes are 100% online, as well as allowing you to choose from multiple start times throughout the year.
- Fall A – August 31
- Fall B – October 19
- Spring A – January 25
- Spring B – March 22
- Summer A – May 17
- Summer B – July 6
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Organizational Psychology Curriculum
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 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.
Business Core (27 Credit Hours):
|ACC 210||Introduction to Accounting||3 Credits|
This course provides an introduction to basic principles and methods of accounting essential to preparation, understanding and interpretation of financial statements. Topics include accounting for merchandising concerns, current assets, long-term assets, liabilities and equity accounts. A brief overview of internal control is also covered.
|ACC 220||Managerial Uses of Accounting||3 Credits|
This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making. Topics include cost behavior, cost classifications, and problem-solving functions of accounting as they pertain to planning, control, evaluation of performance, special decisions, and budgeting. The interpretation of published financial statements and the statement of cash flow are also covered.
|ECO 200||Principles of Macroeconomics||3 Credits|
A collective view of income receiving and spending sectors of the national economy, including households, businesses, and governments. Issues discussed: What determines the level of output, income, and employment achieved by the economy? What determines the growth of national output and employment? National income accounting, income and employment theory, monetary system, general price level, business cycle, government policies designed to provide for full employment, price stability, and economic growth are also covered.
|ECO 201||Principles of Microeconomics||3 Credits|
Market price systems are analyzed. The nature and characteristics of consumer and producer behavior, the theory of pricing in competitive and noncompetitive markets, and determination of the distribution of output a re evaluated. Welfare, social control, monopoly, and income inequality a re explored in the light of price theory. The role of the United States in the world economy is explored.
|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.
|MKT 200||Marketing Principles||3 Credits|
This course examines market characteristics, consumer buying habits and motives, and functions of marketing within the framework of the strategic marketing planning process. Concepts and current practices in product development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and international marketing are studied.
|FIN 220||Introduction to Finance||3 Credits|
An introduction to the environment, concepts, and techniques of financial management. Topics include forms of business organization, taxes, analysis of financial performance, financial planning, financial markets and interest rates, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and international financial management.
|BUS 300||Legal and Ethical Environment of Business||3 Credits|
The strategies by which organizations in the private as well as the public sectors interact with, adapt to and attempt to influence their external environments are explored. The primary emphasis is on evaluating the effect of business and governmental decisions on the quality of life. The role of regulatory agencies and the impact of local and national legislation on organizational behavior are considered.
|BUS 400||Strategic Management and Policy||3 Credits|
This capstone course for seniors in business administration provides a framework for problem identification, analysis, and decision making within the organization. Students are given the opportunity to integrate and apply previously acquired knowledge of accounting, decision sciences, economics, finance, marketing, management, and statistics. Case studies, critical incidents, and other appropriate techniques are utilized.
Numerical Literacy (9 Credit Hours):
|MSD 105||Quantitative Methods for Business||3 Credits|
The aim of this introductory course is to acquaint students with a number of basic mathematical techniques that will enhance their ability to become effective decision-makers in a realistic business environment. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, linear programming, summation notation, geometric series, counting techniques, event probability and discrete random variables. Where appropriate, these tools will be illustrated with examples chosen from business settings.
|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.
Communications (9 Credit Hours):
|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.
|COM 290||Professional/Strategic Speech||3 Credits|
Provides students with practical information necessary for effective communication in various business and professional settings. Covers communication processes, principles, and models in the modern organization. Class assignments are given with emphasis on developing a knowledge and practical understanding of informative, persuasive, and impromptu presentations. Limited to students enrolled in the College of Business Administration.
Major Requirements (19 Credit Hours):
|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 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.
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.
Business Analytics and Technology (9 Credit Hours):
|CIS 185||Information Systems Essentials||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.
|CIS 385||Management Information Systems||3 Credits|
The course focuses on the management and use of information systems and technology for the strategic and operational advantage of the firm. Students explore the business value of information resources including current communication, database, as well as hardware and software technologies.
|MSD 301||Operations Management||3 Credits|
This course introduces students to the concepts and techniques necessary to manage firm operations. The course emphasizes enhancing students’ ability in problem-solving and decision-making by (1) identifying operations problems, (2) structuring decision-making process, (3) evaluating options that provide resolution of the problems using appropriate and proven techniques. It is well recognized that today’s global business competition is among supply chains. Operations management concentrates on the supply side of the corporate strategy of a supply chain, where the bulk of the organization resources are committed. Good management of operations, which may also be called management of supply chain operations, is crucial in achieving an effective supply chain. The emphasis on systematic thinking and analytic decision model discussed the course will also provide students with necessary skills and useful tools in the emerging field of Business Analytics.
Prerequisite(s): MSD 200.
Professional Development (3 Credit Hours):
|CBA 336||Career Planning||3 Credits|
This course focuses on how careers are shaped by individual needs and experience and assisted by organization systems and practices. The meaning of work and the development of careers are discussed, and students undertake self-assessment for the purpose of career planning. Careers are examined in the context of important changes occurring today in the world of work. The impact of the executive, organizational counselors and trainers, and the educational system upon the development of human potential is examined, along with the techniques for human resource planning and development.
Humanities, Social Science and Natural World Electives (9-10 Credit Hours):
Choose 3 courses from the Humanities, Social Science and Natural World Electives list below.
Humanities Electives: Choose any course from prefixes: ART, CHI, DAN, ENG, FRE, GER, LIT, MUS, PHL, SPA, THE
Social Science Electives: Choose any course from prefixes: AMS, COM, GSS, HIS, LAW, MCS, POL, PSY, SOC, SOW
Natural World Electives: Choose any course from prefixes: BNS, BCH, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEO, ISM, MAR, PHY, SUS
Free Electives (17-18 Credit Hours):
Free elective credit hours may be taken in any department within the university.
Liberal Arts Electives (6 Credit Hours):
Choose two courses from the Liberal Arts Electives list.
The next step toward your future career is waiting for you, and we can help. Rider is ready and willing to help you prepare to thrive –– in the workplace and in your life.