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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Aug 09, 2020
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer II Addendum 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer II Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Psy.D. Organizational Management and Consulting

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Chicago - Los Angeles - Irvine - San Diego - Washington DC - Dallas - Online

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is not currently accepting new students into this program. 

Program Overview

The Psy. D. Organizational Management and Consulting Program (OMC) is designed to develop or enhance the personal and professional skills of consultants, managers and leaders. Organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, increasingly engage people with behavioral science education and training to address a wide range of human systems-related issues in the workplace. The application of psychology to business is a booming and expanding field, and the focus of the program is to educate and train leaders and consultants to meet the challenges of organizations in the 21st century. Building on three decades of research and experience in human relations, the OMC program integrates research in human behavior with contemporary business practice.

The OMC program emphasizes a three-dimensional approach to learning. Students participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines academic instruction, hands-on application, and personal and professional development. They gain knowledge-based fundamentals, including organizational behavior-science and applications, business pragmatics, ethical and legal issues, and organizational responsibility. Mediating/process competencies gained through the OMC curriculum include communication, critical thinking, systems thinking and strategic thinking. Crucial Operational Competencies are emphasized, including multilevel organizational appraisal and assessment, multilevel organizational intervention, multilevel program evaluation, and collaborative/team-oriented behavior. Self-Assessment and Development are cornerstones of the OMC program, where students “deep dive” into personal values and ethics as well as applied professional ethics, self-awareness and management, professional development and individual and professional accountability. OMC graduates strive to be emotionally intelligent, research informed practitioners who value life-long learning.

Founded on core values of appreciation for diversity, integrity, collaborative involvement, and contribution to positive social change, the OMC program focuses on training students to become consultants and members of organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create desired results, and where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured. Our graduates are knowledgeable in concepts and theories of diversity, strategic change, global business, communication, action research, entrepreneurship and leadership. They are able to assess, analyze, develop, and implement creative solutions and to be agents of change for individuals, communities and organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Goal 1: Understanding of theories, concepts and research findings related to organizational consulting

  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and theories in organizational management and consulting
  • Conceptualize organizational dynamics from a systems perspective
  • Locate, analyze, summarize and apply published research related to organizational management and consulting
  • Exhibit skills that facilitate lifelong learning

Program Goal 2: Use of appropriate methods for assessment, intervention and evaluation in organizational consulting

  • Understand and evaluate the influence of culture in organizational settings
  • Propose, design, conduct and analyze assessments in diverse organizations
  • Develop, implement and evaluate interventions in diverse organizations

Program Goal 3: Application of ethical and legal practices in business and in organizational management and consulting

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and adhere to ethical and legal business principles consistent with established standards

Program Goal 4: Communication with organizations

  • Understand and evaluate one’s impact on others in professional activities
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with organization stakeholders in written and oral formats
  • Understand and analyze types of communication systems in organizations

Admissions Requirements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is not currently accepting new students into this program. 

  • Prerequisite coursework: 12 units of social sciences successfully completed at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Completion of an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)*
  • Demonstration of writing proficiency
  • Completed application
  • Successful Admission interview with Organizational Management and Consulting Department Chair or their designee

To demonstrate writing proficiency, a writing sample is required during the interview process. Based on the results of the written sample, the applicant may be required to successfully complete a writing skills course at their own expense during the summer before admission or during their first semester of their coursework.

*Note: A Grade Point Average Exemption Petition may allow admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

Practicum and Field Experience

There are a minimum of two opportunities for students to apply the coursework to consulting experience in Internship I and Intership II. Through the Practicum in Consultation courses, students have the opportunity to observe and participate in projects in ongoing organizations, either for profit or non-profit. Through the internship courses, students receive expanded learning opportunities by working directly with organizational clients. Additionally, program courses provide students with the tools needed to build a successful consulting practice. 

Requirements for Degree Completion

The following requirements must be met prior to degree conferral:

  • Completion of all 74 units of courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion and defense of the portfolio project to project committee
  • (Academic Financial Good standing)

The Curriculum

Required Core: 65 credit hours

Electives: 3 credit hours

Program Total: 68 credit hours

Required Core

65 credit hours


Students choose any one 3 credit hour course from the Ph.D. Business Psychology: Consulting Track Ph.D. Business Psychology: I/O Track , or Ph.D. Organizational Leadership  programs. 

Extension Courses

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