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School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences Claremont Graduate University

Overview

The School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation - Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University

Since the late 1960s, Claremont Graduate University Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS) has been a graduate education leader in applied psychological science and evaluation. Known for its small classes and high academic standards, the CGU School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences and its programs of study were developed to train behavioral and organizational scientists, psychologists, evaluators, and human resource professionals for non-clinical positions in research, teaching, or administration in a variety of settings such as academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private-sector businesses. A central theme of the curriculum builds on the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences' pioneering application of non-clinical psychology to social science knowledge, concepts, and methods that further the understanding of social issues through research and practice.

Master's and PhD degrees in psychology are awarded, with concentrations in applied social psychology, organizational behavior, evaluation and applied research methods, applied cognitive psychology, positive psychology (developmental and organizational), and health behavior research.

All graduate students in both programs participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships. Doctoral students must show proficiency in their particular areas of interest by accumulating a portfolio of professional achievements.

Applied Cognitive Psychology Concentration

Master's and PhD degrees in the Applied Cognitive Psychology concentration are designed for students seeking a strong curriculum of cognitive research on important contemporary issues. Students have access to faculty resources from across the Claremont Colleges Consortium. Students prepare for careers in both academic and applied settings, acquiring backgrounds in the theories and research that define the traditional and contemporary areas of cognitive psychology.

Evaluation and Applied Research Methods

The master's and PhD degree concentrations in evaluation and applied research methods prepare students for leadership positions in evaluation and applied science.

Health Behavior Research Concentration

The master's and PhD concentrations in health behavior research prepare graduates in the application of psychological science and evaluation to promote health and prevent disease, and to improve public health in diverse and global communities.

Organizational Behavior

The master's and PhD degree concentrations in organizational sciences train future leaders, change agents, scholars, and educators to use psychological and organizational theory and research to improve organizational effectiveness and the work life of all individuals.

Positive (Developmental and Organizational) Psychology

Students and faculty members in both the master's and PhD concentrations of positive psychology focus their coursework and research on life-long processes and outcomes of behavior as they affect the quality of life, using experience sampling methods, traditional experimental designs, surveys, and interviews. Students examine systemic and successive changes that occur across their lifespans and apply social science knowledge, concepts and methods to important social issues through research and practice.

Applied Social Psychology

The master's and PhD degree concentrations in applied social psychology emphasize the development of methodological and statistical skills early on, which quickly positions students to excel as researchers. Small interactive seminar-style classes survey the foundations of social psychological theory and contemporary research, and explore the core areas of attitudes, interpersonal processes, group processes, and intergroup relations.

Psychology and Law

The psychology and law master's and PhD degree concentrations address aspects of the legal system ranging from eyewitness testimony to jury selection, and from pre-trial interrogation practices to the death penalty. Students may focus their studies in this area by enrolling in the Applied Cognitive Psychology program (undergraduate or master's background in cognitive psychology required) or the Applied Social Psychology program (undergraduate or master's background in social psychology required).

MA in Public Policy and Evaluation

The master's degree concentration in public policy and evaluation is designed for individuals who want to become agents of social change. Rigorous training in evaluation science gives future policy-makers the investigative, ethical, and psychological tools to make a difference. Graduates are qualified to become leaders in government, business, research, and wherever public policy is formed.

MA in Public Policy and Evaluation

The psychology and law master's and PhD degree concentrations address aspects of the legal system ranging from eyewitness testimony to jury selection, and from pre-trial interrogation practices to the death penalty. Students may focus their studies in this area by enrolling in the Applied Cognitive Psychology program (undergraduate or master's background in cognitive psychology required) or the Applied Social Psychology program (undergraduate or master's background in social psychology required).

MA of Public Health/MA in Applied Psychology Dual Degree

In conjunction with the CGU School of Community and Global Health (SCGH), SBOS offers a dual master's degree program designed for individuals who desire careers in psychology that combine public heath principles.

Human Resources Design MS Degree

The Master of Science in Human Resources Design (MSHRD) program prepares graduates to take leadership roles in strategic decisions involving human resources issues, with an emphasis on organizational strategy and change.

Research and Faculty

Many of the research institutes at Claremont Graduate University and the Claremont University Consortium conduct studies in conjunction with faculty members and students in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. Notable faculty members include Dr. Michele Bligh, an organizational psychologist specializing in organizational culture and the role of leaders in influencing and changing cultures; Dr. William Crano, a social psychologist whose interests include attitudes, values, minority influence, applied research methodology, and HIV prevention in multi-cultural children; and Dr. Kathy Pezdek, a cognitive psychologist specializing in the study of eyewitness memory, suggestibility of memory, and detecting deception.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Financial assistance packages for Claremont Graduate University students are available, including federal and state loans, grants, work-study, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships awarded by program faculty members.

Claremont Graduate University (CGU)

Established in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is located in Claremont, California, in the western region of the United States.

It is a member of the world-renowned Claremont Colleges, a consortium of 5 undergraduate liberal arts colleges and 2 graduate institutions. CGU focuses solely on graduate-level education and offers students rigorous, exciting, and cutting-edge masters and doctoral programs.

As a member of the consortium, CGU provides students with the resources of a large university in a learning environment similar to a small college. As a result, they receive comprehensive education that includes personal attention from teachers and close interaction with fellow students.

Beauty and Charm in Claremont, California

The picturesque city of Claremont is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains just 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

Claremont Graduate University's beautiful and welcoming campus in this quaint -- yet exciting -- town offers students the tranquility of a small town within reach of the excitement and cornucopia of attractions in one of the nation's most vibrant cities.



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