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Dual Degree M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Internship Track and Master of Legal Studies

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for industrial organizational psychologists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. Professionals who are able to handle the increasingly complex areas where organizational needs and the law intersect will be able to set themselves apart in this quickly growing field. The Chicago […]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for industrial organizational psychologists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. Professionals who are able to handle the increasingly complex areas where organizational needs and the law intersect will be able to set themselves apart in this quickly growing field.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® and The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law® have anticipated this need by collaborating on the development of the M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Internship Track and Master of Legal Studies dual-degree program.

Guided by practicing faculty with years of experience in the field, graduates of this program will find themselves uniquely positioned to begin successful careers in the following areas:

  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofit

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O) program trains students in the essential diagnostic and consultative skills to help businesses and employees solve challenges in the workplace and perform efficiently and effectively.

Students learn how to design and implement assessment centers and 360-degree feedback tools. Students also participate in these same practices to help identify their own strengths and to aid in their own development

Master of Legal Studies

The Master of Legal Studies degree is offered entirely online and is designed for those who work—or aspire to work—in fields that routinely intersect with the law. By studying the legal system and its workplace implications, students gain the expertise needed to navigate the legal challenges that arise in nearly every field. The M.L.S. program does not qualify graduates to sit for California’s Bar Examination, nor does it satisfy requirements for admission to practice law in California.

Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities while studying for their school psychologist degree. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

This dual-degree program is offered at our flagship campus where The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Organizational Behavior

This course explores organizations at the individual and team level, examining the relationship between employees and managers, and employees and teams. It examines the factors that drive productivity and success in organizations including motivation, diversity, work stress, conflict and negotiation, decision-making, personality, and attitudes.

Job Analysis and Employee Selection

This course familiarizes students with the requirements for creating a legally defensible selection system. The major domain areas, job analysis, fair employment practices, and selection test construction and validation, are explored with an emphasis on understanding and reducing test bias that could result in disparate impact. The course is supplemented by conducting a selection test project with a client, conducting a job analysis, and analyzing data to assess criterion related validity.

Litigation and its Alternatives

This course explores the proceedings by which criminal and civil matters are litigated, and alternative strategies such as plea bargaining, restorative justice, negotiation, private and court-ordered commercial arbitration, private judging, mediation, negotiation, and neutral evaluation. After examining litigation alternatives, students will compare the costs and consequences of the various strategies to individuals and society.

Students will complete two 300-credit-hour internships (for a total of 600 hours of internship experience). The internship should involve the student in learning specific, transferable, I/O-relevant or HR-relevant professional skills. All internships must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.

The Capstone Project allows a student to study and research his or her area of choice in depth with expert faculty at both the Colleges of Law and The Chicago School.

M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Application to the M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are:

  • GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools
  • Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • Admission essay
  • Letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors

Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to support their applications. Students must choose their track (Internship or Applied Research Project) upon matriculation.

Master of Legal Studies

To be considered for admission, an M.L.S. applicant must have submitted the required application, fee, at least one letter of recommendation written by someone other than a family member or close relative, and a personal statement of at least 3 pages in length, that is double-spaced and typed in no larger than 12-point typeface, and:

  • An official transcript showing the conferral of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 from an accredited college or university. (Those who do not meet the GPA requirement, but show an ability to succeed at graduate-level work through professional or other experience, may be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 are not eligible for admission.)
  • TOEFL scores or transcripts showing an English composition class with a grade of “C” or better may be required of students for whom English is the second language.
  • Official transcripts showing degree conferral with the appropriate GPA, and TOEFL scores (if required), must be submitted within 30 days of the start of the student’s first term of enrollment. Failure to submit required official transcripts by the due date will result in a student being withdrawn from the school and unregistered from all future courses.

Additional Internship Track Admission Requirements

Aside from general admission requirements, the Internship Track requires an applicant to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better) two (2) specific undergraduate courses:

  • One course in psychology
  • One course in statistics or quantitative psychology

Applicants in the Internship Track who have not previously successfully completed an undergraduate statistics or quantitative psychology course with The Chicago School will be enrolled according to the policies outlined in the Student at Large section of this catalog prior to be admitted to the program. Applicants in the Internship Track who have not previously successfully completed an undergraduate course in psychology must complete the course in accordance with the policies outlined in the Internship Track Progression Requirements section below.

Internship Track Progression Requirements

This program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in psychology by the end of their first semester (second term for online students) of study. Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through one of the following options:

  • A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 380 – Introduction to Psychology
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at the Chicago School
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at another regionally accredited institution

Applicants accepted with no previous undergraduate psychology coursework will be required to register for TCS 380 in their first ground semester or online term. All students must then meet this progression requirement by the end of their first semester (second term for online students) of study. Students who do not successfully fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to register in any future coursework in the program of study until this requirement is met. Extensions can be granted by the Program Chair or designee when extenuating circumstances prevent completion of the requirement in the specified timeframe. Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair for consideration.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the dual degree program; however, we encourage students to submit their scores to enhance their application. Please note that you must have your official scores sent to The Chicago School (School Code 1119).

Applicants for the dual-degree program will not be required to take the LSAT, GRE, GMAT or any other graduate admissions test. However, applicants for whom English is their second language will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit their official score to the Colleges of Law or, alternatively, submit a transcript showing that they have completed a college-level English composition class with a grade of “C” or higher.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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