These graduate programs and courses are offered by the Long Island, New York campus of Hofstra University.
This Program enables its graduates to apply basic scientific knowledge and methodology to improve organizational performance and to increase customer and employee satisfaction. It is based on the philosophy that researchers and practitioners benefit when they collaborate on problems of mutual interest. This Program builds on several graduate programs offered by Hofstra University, especially the M.A. Program in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, the doctoral programs in Psychology, and the M.S. and M.B.A. Programs in the School of Business. It differs from these programs in its multidisciplinary perspective and in its emphasis on organizationally relevant methodology, which together synthesize science, application, psychology, and organizational studies. The Program is designed to continue the education of students who have already completed a Master's degree in a social science or business. Graduates of this Program have expertise in two major areas: (1) applications of research methods and statistics to practical problems in organizations, and (2) disciplines related to human behavior in organizations, such as industrial/ organizational psychology, management, business, sociology, and economics.
The Program's overall approach is based on a scientist-practitioner model in which students are exposed to research methodology, factual content, theory, and the application of these skills and knowledge to the solution of practical problems in organizations. A major part of the Program involves projects in organizations. These projects serve the educational needs of the students and advance scientific knowledge in the field of organizational psychology. Research seminars provide experience conducting applied research relevant to an organization, in both laboratory and field settings. The laboratory research is performed under the supervision of a faculty member; the field research is conducted under the joint supervision of a faculty member and a representative of the organization. In the research seminars, students and faculty collaborate on the writing of presentations, publications, and research proposals. This collaboration leads to the student's doctoral dissertation. Dissertation research may be conducted in the laboratory, the organization, or both. In addition to sound scientific methodology, the dissertation must have both practical and theoretical significance. This integration of science and practice is a major objective of the Program.
The Program collaborates with many organizations in the Greater New York area, including businesses, industries, public agencies, health systems, and nonprofit organizations. The Ph.D. Program invites students from diverse backgrounds and those with work experience. It is the only doctoral program in applied organizational psychology on Long Island.