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. The core courses should be taken as early in the program as possible.
Students are expected to choose an area of concentration, representing the applications or technologies, built on the scientific foundations from the field of Organizational Behavior. This may be one of the four concentrations listed below or, with the Academic Director’s approval, a concentration may be revised to consist of 18 credits of courses designed to meet a student’s special needs.
Each concentration consists of 9 credits of required courses plus 9 credits of elective courses selected from a list in each concentration. Courses in each concentration may consist of both 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 each of the four areas of concentration are shown below:
3. Free Electives: 6 Credits Maximum
Up to 6 credits of related graduate courses may be chosen from any program at Polytechnic with the Academic Director’s permission.
4. Research Project: 3 Credits
All students must submit an independent research project, typically during the final semester.
The concentration in human resource information systems integrates knowledge and skills in information systems and web-based technologies together with human resource management to achieve organizational effectiveness.