Dual Degree M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Internship Track and Master of Legal Studies
- Los Angeles, CA
- 3 Years
As indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of industrial organizational psychology (I/O) projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. Considering the myriad ways in which I/O intersect with questions regarding law and compliance, professionals who are interested in this field can set themselves apart by adding a legal […]
As indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of industrial organizational psychology (I/O) projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. Considering the myriad ways in which I/O intersect with questions regarding law and compliance, professionals who are interested in this field can set themselves apart by adding a legal education to their skillset.
The Los Angeles Chicago School of Professional Psychology® and The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law® have developed a collaborative program that merges these two related fields—the M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Internship Track and Master of Legal Studies dual-degree program.
Both of these advanced degrees are taught by faculty with years of experience in their respective fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take on leadership roles in the following areas:
- Human resources
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Students enrolled in our Los Angeles campus in the M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O) program will be trained in the essential diagnostic and consultative skill to help solve workplace challenges and improve employee performance. By designing and implementing assessment centers and 360-degree feedback tools, students will be able to identify employee strengths and aid in their development.
Master of Legal Studies
Ideal for those who currently work or wish to work in fields that routinely have to address questions regarding the law, the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) builds a strong foundation in legal education. Students will examine the legal system and how it affects the workplace, learning to navigate legal challenges and communicate complicated legal principles effectively. The MLS program does not qualify graduates to sit for California’s Bar Examination, nor does it satisfy requirements for admission to practice law in California.
Los Angeles Dual-Degree Student Experience
Immersed within Los Angeles, the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the United States, M.A. students will benefit from valuable networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty members.
Organizational Consulting Skills
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to serve as internal and external consultants to business and non-profit organizations. The class reviews individual, group, and organizational assessment strategies. Through case analysis and in–class experiential exercises, students gain skills in project proposal, problem framing, contract development, client relations, and presentation of findings. Legal and ethical issues specific to the consulting role will also be addressed.
This course reviews the principal theories of leadership and how leadership is developed. It examines leadership in the context of managing continuous change emphasizing the challenges of multinational corporations working across cultures. It supports self-assessment as students gain knowledge in the key theories and principles of the management/leadership continuum. Finally, it reviews practices that I/O psychologists are using to develop organizational leaders.
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.
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