Compare Master’s Programs

Learn more about the distinctions between APU’s Master of Science in Organizational Psychology and Master of Arts in Leadership programs to discover which degree is the best option for your interests and career goals.

Program Comparison
M.S. in Organizational Psychology (39 units) M.A. in Leadership (36 units)
Program Focus Training individuals to work as consultants to the leader, to the team, and to the organization. Developing leaders in the context of the self, team, and enterprise.
Prepares Graduates to: Work internally or externally as consultant helping organizations work through complex challenges. Be more effective in their leadership roles within the organization.
Research Requirements Students are trained to become a consumer of statistics and learn the value of using data to support organizational decisions. Original research is conducted in the form of a master’s thesis at the culmination of the program. Students are given introduction to various research methods, however, the emphasis is on applied understanding of theories in leadership practice. This takes the form of demonstrated competencies articulated through a capstone presentation.
Admission Three available entry points: Fall, Spring, and Summer Three available entry points: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Potential Career Opportunities Organizational Consultant, Organization Development Specialist/Manager, Organizational Effectiveness Specialist/Manager, Workplace Learning Specialist/Manager, Human Resources Analyst, Director of People and Talent, Organizational Researcher Positional leadership in any field, positions in leadership development, change leadership, and team development.
Unique Learning Experiences Utilize LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Design Thinking, and Applied/Experiential Learning. Certifications offered in Strength Based Leadership, ICF coaching, and others. Utilize LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Design Thinking, and Applied/Experiential Learning. Certifications offered in Strength Based Leadership, ICF coaching, and others.
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Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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