The concentration in training and development prepares human resource professionals to design, administer and evaluate complex training and development programs, particularly in organizations affected by the introduction of new technology.
In any concentration there are four components to the Master of Science in Organizational Behavior degree:
Core Courses (required)
Concentration Courses (required & electives)
Free Electives (optional)
Research Project (required)
A total of 12 courses (36 credits) are required in these four components, as described below.
1. Core Courses
Core courses provide an introduction to the theory, research and practice basic to the field of organizational behavior. This scientific foundation consists of three core courses upon which the student can build a more applied cutting-edge specialization within the degree program.
Students who have previously completed courses as undergraduates in any of these areas may be excused from taking them by presenting proof of competence and receiving waivers from the Academic Director. Other courses must be substituted with permission of the Academic Director. Some core courses should be taken as early as possible in the program.
Students are expected to choose at least one of 5 areas of concentration, representing the applications or technologies, built on the scientific foundations from the field of Organizational Behavior. With the Academic Director’s approval, a concentration may be revised to meet a student’s special professional needs.
Each concentration consists of 9 credits of required courses plus at least 9 credits of elective courses selected from a list in each concentration. These may consist of 3 credit and 1.5 credit courses.
Students who have previously completed a specific course as undergraduates in any of the areas of concentration may be excused from taking that course by presenting proof of competence and receiving a waiver from the Academic Director. Other courses must be substituted, with permission of the Academic Director.
Courses in the aforementioned concentration are listed below:
3. Free Electives (optional): 6 Credits Maximum
Up to 6 credits of related graduate courses may be chosen from any program at the School of Engineering with the Academic Director’s permission.
4. Research Project: 3 Credits
All students must submit an independent research project, typically during the final semester.