The Bureau of Labor Statistics report shared that “industrial-organizational psychologist” is one of the fastest-growing occupations in America with a projected growth rate of 53 percent between now and 2022. In this program, you will investigate how to improve work-life and make organizations and individuals more effective. With a B.A. in Business and Organizational Psychology from Multnomah University, you will be prepared to assist in creating healthy and productive relationships between people and organizations. Faculty bring firsthand experience and relevant case studies from their previous work while integrating Christian values and an ethical approach to business and organizational psychology.

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Undergraduate (Major) | On-campus

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Healthy and Productive Relationships

You will understand psychological principles and social science research practices for the field like work environment efficiency, conflict management, change initiatives, retention strategies, and other aspects of human behavior within the organizational world of work that directly or indirectly affects organizations. With an emphasis on spiritual formation, you will master the principles that you will need to make a difference as you build employee morale, advise successful teams, train talent, and advance organizations forward.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

The use of organizational mission to develop a marketing approach to reach potential constituencies with image, product and service that will cause those constituencies to utilize the organization to meet their perceived needs in a manner that is profitable to the organization.

Organizational Behavior is the study of human behavior in organizations and emphasizes concepts and practical methods for understanding, analyzing, and predicting individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include work motivation, team-work, group dynamics, decision making, conflict and negotiation, leadership, power, job enrichment and organizational culture. Ethical and inter-cultural considerations are also addressed. Course also listed as PSY 331. Credit can only be earned once for either BUS 331 or PSY 331.

The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another in social situations is explored, with emphasis on multiculturalism and Christian applications. Social forces such as conformity, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, attribution theory, and group dynamics will be discussed.

This course examines the role of the human resource professional in managing today’s organizations. Recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. Best practices of employers of choice analyzed.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Meet Your Professors

Faculty Headshot Heather Lohmolder
Heather Lohmolder, M.B.A.
Director and Chair, Business Administration Program; Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Faculty Headshot Victor Reynolds
Victor Reynolds, Ph.D. (c)
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Faculty Headshot Elliot Lawless
Elliott Lawless, Psy.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology

God of Everything

God of Business

Victor Reynolds, PhD(c), is an associate professor of Business Administration at Multnomah University. In his classes, like Human Resource Management, Victor teaches his students that business can be an act of worship and service to God.

Career Placement

As a graduate from the Business and Organizational Psychology program, you will be equipped as a competent and redemptive presence in the business world and prepared for roles or graduate-level study to move toward roles, such as:

• Entrepreneur • Assistant Vice President • Marketing Specialist
• Chief Operating Officer • Chief Marketing Officer • Nonprofit Manager
• Change Management Specialist • Independent Business Consultant • Assistant Vice President

Business Internship Course

Internships provide the opportunity for you to gain real-life experience, expand your network, and learn more about specific industries and organizations. If you are a student interested in gaining valuable work experience, apply for the internship course.

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