Positive Organizational Psychology, M.S.

Mission 

The mission of the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology is to equip women and men in mind and character to impact the world for Christ by making theory and research-informed decisions, fostering enriching and inclusive relationships, and practicing appreciative inquiry and virtues within workplaces.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology develops Christ-centered professionals who advance human and organizational flourishing in the workplace. The program addresses the psychology of people and organizations at work. Students develop applied research, data analytic, psychometric, and interpersonal skills as well as the capacity for cultural humility (responsivity), self-awareness, and empathy.
 
Graduates will be practitioner-scientists with knowledge, skills, and hearts to assist organizations with personnel selection, development, and retention; evidence-based decision-making; program evaluation; diversity, equity and inclusion; and human-organizational flourishing.

The Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology is an on-campus program consisting of 45 credits, 6 of which are internship experience. Graduates will be prepared to serve the needs of various organizations, including large and small corporations, churches, mission organizations, and non-profit​ organizations.​

Why pursue the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology?

  • Learn to integrate the theoretical framework and evidence-based practices of organizational psychology, positive psychology, and theology.
  • Be equipped to foster virtues and well-being in the workplace, advancing human and organizational flourishing.
  • Become a practitioner-scientist in the field of industrial-organizational psychology, applying research skills to tell accurate stories and inform decisions.
  • Benefit from mentors and an apprenticeship approach to learning throughout the program.
  • Develop the social connections and professional network to obtain a consulting job upon graduation.

What will I study? 

You will take courses that examine, develop, and apply these concepts:

  • Research and Analytics
  • Positive Experiences, Virtues, Flow, and Well-being in the Workplace
  • Intercultural Fluency (Responsivity) and Openness
  • Theology of Work and Organizational Flourishing
  • Personnel Assessment, Selection, Development, and Retention
  • Leading with Cultural Humility
  • Program Evaluation and Consultation
  • Positive Coaching for People-Focused Organizations
  • Theology of Leadership

Career Paths

This program will elevate your influence as a consultant (collaborator) who honors Christ by promoting human and organizational flourishing in the corporate and/or church context. The Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology program will provide you greater opportunities to advance into new roles, such as:

  • Organizational Health Consultant
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist
  • Culture Change Strategist
  • Community Groups Director
  • Compensation Specialist 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology, students will be able to:

  1. Research Competencies: Students will choose assessments, statistics, and research methods to tell accurate stories and inform organizational decisions (ULO 1).
  2. Employ Interpersonal Skills: Students will employ strong relational, intercultural, and collaboration skills in diverse environments (ULO 3). 
  3. Articulate Theological Integration: Students will articulate the theological underpinnings of positive organizational psychology (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements 

Admission requirements will be based upon the requirements for Biola and the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology. Successful applicants will:

  • Be committed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

  • Have completed all bachelor's requirements (Psychology or other field related to Positive Organizational Psychology) prior to the start of the program and must have a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., a recognized baccalaureate degree equivalent earned outside the U.S., or the demonstrated educational equivalent of a North American baccalaureate degree.

Students are admitted directly from undergraduate programs. We also admit mid-career students who are returning to the university after more extensive work experience.

Admission of English Language Learners

This section applies to applicants for whom English is not a primary language. It is essential that applicants for whom English is not a primary language be able to understand directions and lectures in English and be able to express their thoughts clearly in spoken and written English. Preference in admission will be given to those with an overall score of at least TOEFL: 100 iBT or IELTS 7.5. The admissions committee will also require an oral interview and may require a writing sample.

The Rosemead School of Psychology reserves the right to waive a retake of the TOEFL or IELTS test for Positive Organizational Psychology applicants for whom English is not a primary language who already have a Biola Psychology degree. Waivers of this requirement will be evaluated in the applicant's interview with the Dean.

For more details on how, when, and where to take language tests, visit online:

Language tests are administered only at specific times, so candidates for admission should inquire about testing dates well in advance of the date of anticipated school term in the US.

Students admitted to the United States on an F-1 student visa are required by law to be registered as full-time students (a minimum of 9 credits per trimester). Additionally, no off-campus employment is permitted for students on an F-1 visa without written permission of the United States Immigration authorities. However, students on an F-1 visa may work off-campus in an unpaid internship in order to fulfill the internship requirement of the program.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology degree program has three distinct elements: 

  1. The Integration of Organizational Psychology Positive Psychology, and Theology. 
  2. The emphasis on human and organizational flourishing (virtures). 
  3. The development of pracitioner-scientists.

A minimum of 45 credits of graduate coursework is required for the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology degree. A student must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and no single grade lower than a "C" to graduate and progress to any courses with a prerequisite.

A minimum of 36 graduate credits must be completed in the Master of Science in Positive Organizational Psychology program at Biola University.

Students must meet with their department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Transfer of Credits

Students transferring from a regionally accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of 6 credits. The courses transferred must be equivalent, have direct applicability to the student's program, and be approved by the Dean. Only courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher will be considered for transfer toward the Master of Science in Positive Psychology degree; a grade of "B-" is not transferable.

Degree Program

The program requires 45 credits of coursework, with 42 credits from Rosemead and 3 credits from Talbot. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
RSPY 506Program Evaluation and Consultation3
RSPY 516Research and Analytics in Organizations3
RSPY 525Foundations of Positive Organizational Psychology3
RSPY 535Intercultural Fluency and Openness3
RSPY 555Applied Psychometrics in Organizations - Skill Based3
RSPY 565Foundations of Positive Industrial Psychology3
RSPY 619Positive Workplace Assessment3
RSPY 629Organizational Strategy and Positive Change3
RSPY 646Positive Coaching for People-Focused Organizations3
RSPY 655Internship I 13
RSPY 665Internship II3
RSTH 545Theology of Human Flourishing 23
RSTH 575Organizational Flourishing 23
RSTH 635Christian Formation and Leadership in Diverse Contexts 23
Talbot Course
TTTH 630Theology of Work 23
Total Credits45