Archive for November 2013

Advice for getting into the program? -Straight from our students

I would say three things are especially important: Do your research! Recognize what differentiates I/O Psychology from other fields (HR, OD & Change, Org Behavior, etc.). Gaining a deeper understanding of what drives you to pursue an I/O degree will help as you frame your personal statement

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What are the professors like? -Straight from our students

The professors each bring their own unique backgrounds and philosophies to the classroom, which creates a rich learning experience. You’ll learn different lessons from each of them. They want you to become one of their peers, so they will challenge you but support you along the way.

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What makes the program at SPU unique? – Straight from our students

(1) The SPU’s IO Psychology program is the only program that meets SIOP (I/O governing body) requirements  in the country that has a Christian faith based perspective. It is a unique opportunity to integrate Theology, Business, and Psychology. SPU’s IO Psychology program admits students that do not

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what is the program like for a non/Christian?

It depends how tolerant you are of other people’s religious beliefs. Given that Seattle Pacific is a Christian university, many of the faculty and students here will cite the Bible from time to time, and theology will occasionally make its way into classroom discussions if it enhances

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What are classes like? – Straight from our students

Classes in the IO program are highly interactive, require conscientious preparation, and leave you exhausted (in a good way).  If you are an MA student, your classes will be in the evening, starting at 5:30 pm.  Most classes run three hours in length, and are held in

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How close do cohorts get? -Straight from our students

As one of our professors said on orientation day, “You all will be in each other’s wedding.” It’s true! Cohorts are one of the more special aspects of this program because some of the strongest relationships you build throughout grad school, and even your life, begin here.

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How work intensive is the program, what should I expect? straight from our students

Any PhD program is going to demand a lot from the head and heart. At SPU, my peers and I invest an average of 40 – 50 hours per week into classes, reading, writing, and collaborating on projects. Not all weeks within a quarter or year will

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Work load MA and PhD- straight from our students

When I started my freshman year of college the orientation informed us that we should expect three hours of homework for every hour of in-class time. It turned out that this was not true for my undergraduate experience, but it is certainly the case for the Ph.D.

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YRU vs. TEDTalks

Someone recently asked us, “Is YRU better than a TEDTalk?” An interesting question to engage. With no disrespect to TED, because let’s be honest, most of us love 18 minutes of pure inspiration, but could it be possible that the ideas worth spreading are not confined to

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Letter from a current MA-PhD student- Straight from our Students

My name is James Longabaugh, a third year Ph.D. student on Dr. Kendall’s Research Vertical Team. I first entered the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program here at Seattle Pacific University as an M.A., and graduated in 2012. Throughout my time in the M.A. program, I also worked as a

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