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Preparing for a Career in Organizational Psychology at New York University

NYU appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

New York University offers a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which is a 36-credit course. At least 24 of those credits must be completed on campus. New York University’s standards are rigorous, and students must complete all courses with at least a B to qualify for the degree. Some of the courses required for this major include:

  • Master’s Statistics
  • Performance Measurement & Rewards
  • Work Motivation and Attitudes
  • Applied Research Methods

Aside from the required seven core and foundation classes, students must also select five electives as part of the 36 credits. NYU, however, recognizes the life-study balance challenges that students face in the 21st century. The university grants five years to complete the required courses and either the concluding thesis or comprehensive examination.

Students wishing to progress past the master’s level can, for example, pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. In addition to the expected focus on theories, observation, and behavioral analysis, the program provides ample opportunity for original research. Ever conscious of social development, NYU inspires students to apply a “real-world” perspective to their research so that the fruits of that research are relevant instead of just “in a vacuum.”

At the undergraduate level, students may enter the psychology program if they achieve a grade of C or better in two classes: Introduction to Psychology and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Once enrolled in the major, students complete the rest of a fairly standard 120 credits that include eight more four-point courses, one of which must be a lab.

About NYU

NYU began as the germ of an idea in the mind of Albert Gallatin, who had served in the cabinets of both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He sought to establish a network of higher education in New York, which had once been America’s capital. His vision was to found an open system of education and free exchange of ideas in what was the New World’s fastest-growing and important city.

NYU has maintained that lofty goal ever since and, from among more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning in the United States, is privileged to be a member of the Association of American Universities. That association incorporates only 60 members. U.S. News and World Report ranks NYU No. 30 among National Universities. When it comes to quantitative analysis, which is an integral part of the study of psychology, NYU ranks No. 4 in the nation. It is also No. 10 on the list of “Best Colleges for Veterans” and No. 56 in “Best Value Schools.”

NYU Accreditation Details

NYU has its regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its separate departments have also earned accreditation from a variety of awarding bodies, such as:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • American Bar Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
  • New York State Board of Regents
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Inc.
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

NYU Application Requirements

Although there is no set GPA requirement for admittance to NYU, the average high-school GPA of NYU students is 3.66. The university also requires either the SAT or the ACT, although students may take both if they wish. The university will consider the highest conglomeration of scores on these tests. NYU is highly competitive and only selects one in four students for admittance. The average SAT score for NYU applicants is 1382, and the average score on the ACT is 31. Both of these are very much above-average for students in the U.S.

There are no “standard” graduate school application requirements at NYU. Each program has its own. Students should peruse the NYU website for further information or contact the Admissions Office to ask questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time, undergraduate tuition comes to $24,628, and the fees total $1,286. Room and board are $8,832. The complete total for a year of undergraduate study is $34,746. Graduate school tuition is $1,787 per unit, annually, and the fees come to $499 per unit. Room and board costs the same. So, a graduate student who takes eight credit hours would pay $18,288, for example.

Students who need financial aid have several options at NYU. They can apply for scholarships, grants, and loans through the school, which requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, or they can search for funding privately. Most of the aid a student receives from the university itself is need-based, including federal work-study programs, which are a kind of grant. The school and the government will use the FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility for the various types of need-based aid. Private scholarships and grants are usually merit-based. The awarding organizations might have their own criteria as well. An example might be a a woman’s organization that awards a scholarship to the high-school girl with the highest GPA who is going to study psychology.

If students take out government loans, there are two types: subsidized and unsubsidized. With a subsidized loan, the government pays any interest on the loan while the student is enrolled so that the student’s financial burden is less after graduation. Unsubsidized loans accrue interest along the way, and even the interest accrues interest. Students may, however, wish to secure a private loan from a credit union or bank because the terms may be more favorable to them in their own particular cases. Most of the time, students use a combination of forms of aid to meet their financial obligations.

NYU is a highly competitive research institution that strives to lead the way among its contemporaries.