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What will I learn?

Our MA students are an integral part of our community within the larger program of Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers ?College, Columbia University. Our students and faculty together study the most relevant and current problems facing organizations and their people. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, frameworks and methods that enable them to address the complex but critical issues of today’s organizations and world.

In line with our scholar-practitioner mindset, our curriculum covers a broad range of fundamental social-organizational psychology theory and research, yet also provides opportunities for studying real-world work experiences in the classroom, whether through courses that explicitly requires working with live clients/organizations, or through assignments that prompt students to examine and reflect critically on their own work lives. The curriculum helps students grow expertise in the following areas:

  • Understanding key organizational psychology theoretical frameworks and how they inform organizational practices in the workplace
  • Critically consuming and evaluating research to understand its value and relevance to organizations and society
  • Conducting applied research with live clients addressing critical organizational challenges
  • Honing conflict resolution and mediation skills across a variety of settings
  • Diagnosing both the explicit and implicit forces operating in groups and teams and developing strategies to leverage those forces
  • Developing the ability to use a systems perspective when understanding organizational life and how to effect positive organization change
  • Learning and practicing varied skills in individual and organizational assessment, diagnosing individual and organizational challenges, and crafting interventions for organizational performance and effectiveness

In order to earn the MA degree in social-organizational psychology, students are required to complete a minimum of 45 course credits. In addition, a comprehensive exam is required. The table below summarizes course requirements.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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