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B.A. in Psychology

Business Psychology Minor

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 4 Years Full-Time

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s B.A. in Psychology, Business Psychology Minor online program will build a foundation in the principles of providing solutions to maximize organizational performance. Guided by practitioner faculty, students will explore topics such as organization development, workplace motivation and satisfaction, and human resource development and management. In addition to being qualified to pursue […]

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s B.A. in Psychology, Business Psychology Minor online program will build a foundation in the principles of providing solutions to maximize organizational performance. Guided by practitioner faculty, students will explore topics such as organization development, workplace motivation and satisfaction, and human resource development and management.

In addition to being qualified to pursue a graduate degree, Business Psychology graduates of this program can utilize the skills that they have learned in a variety of business-centered professions, including the areas of:

  • Global organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government

B.A. in Psychology, Business Psychology Minor Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.

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Organizational Development

This course will provide the students with a detailed understanding of the basic theories and techniques of organizational design and development. Students will focus on practical information regarding the design, management and control of organizational development programs in business, as well as public and social services organizations. Topics will include organizational design and theory, and issues involving such concepts such as “the learning organization,” and appreciative inquiry design and implementation.

Workplace Motivation and Satisfaction

This course is an in-depth and critical review of current research regarding theories of leadership, job satisfaction, and motivation. In this course, using motivation as a principal concept, students will examine how group dynamics and personal, environmental, social, and cultural factors influence organizational behaviors. This course incorporates team-based exercises intended to review and solve performance-related problems presented in case studies.

Models of Leadership and Leadership Development

In this course students will consider the various principles they use or expect to use when leading others that contribute to positive organizational change and development. Students will study classical and current psychologically based leadership theories and models of leadership development, and change management. The course will explore such issues as leadership development, organizations, and the processes by which people affect change in a variety of professional roles and situations.

Admission to the B.A. Psychology program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.3 or applicants seeking admission with a GED will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support their application and request for transfer credit.  (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral – high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript showing an earned high school diploma and date of graduation.  A copy of a high school diploma or unofficial transcriptions, if official transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 9 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally-accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document.  A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to close of census. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
    • Letter showing the date of graduation written on high school letterhead and signed by a high school administrator with an academic title
    • Form DD214 showing the high school name and date of graduation, if listed.

Applicants with a cumulative high-school or undergraduate GPA below 2.3 and applicants seeking admission with high school equivalency documentation that does not show a GPA (such as GED, home school, or testing) are required to submit additional documentation.

  • Curriculum Vita/ Resume
  • One Letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay of intent
  • Please compose a written essay to answer the questions below. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and three pages (approximately 500-750 words) while clearly addressing the program for which you are applying.
  • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options:
    • Why are you interested in this particular program to earn your undergraduate degree in psychology?  Cite specific experiences and examples.
    • What are your professional career goals as they relate to this degree?  Why do you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals?
    • Why is it important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement)?
    • If you are a first generation undergraduate degree student, please integrate this into your essay.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission, however applicants who have taken the SAT/ACT may submit their scores to enhance their application.

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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