Editor's NotesThe Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago offer a huge range of degree options for those interested in psychology. There are a number of Master's Degree programs, psychology certificate programs and doctoral degree programs. Many of the courses within the university are delivered online, which gives people who are already in employment the opportunity to study too. The classes are provided because the school focuses on delivering education to the global student population, with a mission statement of transforming the world. The school focuses on delivering innovation through new technology and development in order to achieve their mission statement.
Niary Gorjian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Los Angeles Campus, joins us today to discuss TCSPP’s Master’s Degree in Psychology Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Program.
1. Can you tell us about the Master’s program in I/O offered at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)?
The Master’s program in I/O Psychology (MAIO) is designed for working adults interested in extending their education and making a difference in organizational settings. Our graduates are prepared to deliver outstanding professional services, as internal or external organizational consultants to for-profit and non-profit organizations, to be sensitive to and understand diverse populations, and appreciate the importance of education and research. In addition, TCSPP’s MAIO program is offered at our Chicago Campus and Washington D.C. Campus, and Online. TCSPP is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
2. How long does a typical Master’s program in I/O take at TCSPP? What is the maximum and minimum time of completion?
Our MAIO program is primarily designed for working adults, with each course meeting once a week during the evening, to accommodate their busy schedules. Most students complete the program within 2 years (5 consecutive semesters). TCSPP’s MAIO program has a 40 credit hour requirement for students pursing either the Internship or Thesis track.
3. What do you think makes The Chicago School Master’s I/O program stand out from other programs offered by similar schools?
One big advantage our TSPP MAIO graduate students have is the opportunity to gain hands on experience providing Industrial-Organizational consulting services to organizations via our student run consulting center, ConCISE. The center’s name incorporates its espoused values: CONsulting within Southern California Communities through Innovation, Service and Education. ConCISE is a great learning and development tool for students and an important way to augment the academic learning experience of students.
Another major advantage of the MAIO program is the education and training students receive on both the scholar and practitioner models, allowing each student to pursue either the Internship or Thesis track during their 2nd year in the program.
An additional benefit this year is the 34th Annual Industrial Organizational and Organizational Behavioral (IOOB) Conference. Presented by students from the Los Angles Campus of TCSPP, the conference takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, at our downtown Los Angeles Campus. The conference will bring together students, professionals and academics to discuss pertinent issues in the I/O and OB fields.
4. How important would you say accreditation is when choosing a Master’s in Psychology?
When choosing a Master’s program in Psychology such as the TCSPP MAIO program, ensuring the institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, is very important. WASC accreditation confirms that an institution has substantially met the Commission's Core Commitments and Standards of Accreditation and, ensures the institution has provided evidence for the quality of its educational programs.
5. What are the advantages to earning a Master’s in Psychology degree in general and where are you seeing employer demand for this degree?
The discipline of Industrial-Organizational Psychology is THE FASTEST growing occupation in the United States, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics ranking and as recently reported in an ABC News Report.
As many companies have realized the critical role of a professionally trained industrial-organizational psychologist, graduates from our MAIO program at TCSPP have enjoyed tremendous growth and career opportunities as internal and external consultants.
6. Does TCSPP offer job placement for students who graduate with a Master’s Degree in I/O Psychology?
Our internship program and internal consulting center, ConCISE in Los Angeles, provides networking opportunities for our students, allowing students to easily secure employment upon graduation.
7. What type of financial aid packages are available for students interested in a Master’s in Psychology program? Are there any fellowships, grants and scholarships available?
Graduate school is a financial commitment, but fortunately students have many options to fund their education and limit their student debt. Most TCSPP students take advantage of the following opportunities: employment, fellowships, loans, scholarships, and work study.
8. Do you have any advice for students enrolling in a Master’s in Psychology program overall for the first time?
Starting a graduate program is a very exciting period in one’s life, and demonstrates one’s commitment towards further specialization in a given field of study.
For students entering the MAIO program, I would highly encourage students to join the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and/or Consulting Psychology (CP) divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) to learn more about the field and begin networking with fellow students and professionals in the field.
9. What do you enjoy most about your position at TCSPP?
I love every facet of my work at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and gain tremendous joy and fulfillment in working with our bright and flourishing graduate students, to ensure their academic and professional excellence.
For more information on the Master’s in Psychology programs offered at TCSPP, visit them online.
Thank you Dr. Niary Gorjian, for sharing and participating in this piece.
That concludes our interview!
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