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B.S. Organizational Psychology

Advance in Your Career
With the Townsend Institute’s B.S. in Organizational Psychology Program

Apply psychology to the workplace.

If you’re interested in understanding what makes people tick and helping them in the workplace, the Townsend Institute’s Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology could be the perfect fit for you. It’s a unique and versatile, fully online program. You’ll first learn skills that will help you advance in your career. Then you will learn how to help organizations perform at high levels.

This degree can serve as an important stepping stone toward your own career advancement or a specialized career as a human resources generalist, training and development coordinator, labor relations, sales, or marketing analyst. This skill set is in demand – the U.S. Department of Labor projects a 53% growth in Organizational Psychology related careers.


Accessible: Online Classes


Affordable: $495 Cost Per Unit

WASC | Senior College and University Commission

Accredited: WSCUC Accredited


Accelerated: 6 Start Dates

Program Highlights

  • Apply psychology to the workplace
  • Learn to lead change and enhance performance
  • Personally learn from Dr. John Townsend
  • Engage with world-class Christian thought leaders

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  • Learn how our counseling and leadership programs can advance your career
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Founded by best-selling author and leading Christian thought leader Dr. John Townsend, the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine brings together Christians from all across the country and across all walks of life. For years, Dr. Townsend, along with the Institute’s Fellows and faculty, have been transforming lives. Now you too have the opportunity to learn from master practitioners with decades of real world experience.

Here at the Townsend Institute, we understand that your time is limited. You need a bachelor’s degree option that fits your schedule and can be completed relatively fast. Students with an Associate's degree may earn their Organization Psychology degree online in as little as 24 months. The accelerated courses are only 7 weeks long and taken sequentially one at a time.

As a part of completing 120 total units and earning your bachelor's degree, you will take the following 42 units listed below. Elective courses in other CUI adult education program majors are options for acquiring your total required units to graduate.

If you don't meet the admissions requirements to start the upper division courses immediately, our General Education courses can serve as your starting point. As soon as you have completed 45 GE units, you can transition directly into Organizational Psychology.


  • ACCM 100: Competence and Character Model for Personal and Professional Growth (3 units)
  • ATHL 205 Christianity & Contemporary Culture(3 units)
  • IOP 308: Human Resource Strategies and Applications (3 units)
  • IOP 311: Writing in the Workplace (3 units)
  • IOP 327: Organizational Behavior (3 units)
  • IOP 345: Social Psychology (3 units)
  • IOP 381: Methods of Research and Statistical Analysis (3 units)
  • IOP 411: Employee Motivation and Attitude Theory (3 units)
  • IOP 415: Organizational Consulting (3 units)
  • IOP 421: Measurement Of Human Performance (3 units)
  • IOP 431: Training and Talent Development (3 units)
  • IOP 483: Business Ethics (3 units)
  • IOP 490: Organization Development and Change Theory (3 units)
  • IOP 491: Industrial-Organizational Professional Development Seminar I (3 units)
  • IOP 492: Industrial-Organizational Professional Development Seminar II (3 units)

For course descriptions, please see the Academic Catalog.

The Townsend Institute takes a different approach to academics. We know it’s the time you spend with people who have legitimate on-the-ground experiences and have accomplished their goals that has the greatest impact. That’s why we provide students with the opportunity to personally learn from Dr. John Townsend, our Institute Fellows and faculty. Together, they cultivate a relational learning experience, addressing the head and the heart through science and data.

The Townsend Institute is housed within Concordia University Irvine, a private, Lutheran university. Located in Southern California, Concordia serves over 4,000 students annually, on campus and online. Centered by a Christian worldview, and guided by the Great Commission, Concordia is home to a thoughtful and caring community of learners.

If you want to grow as a person, you are in the right place. Starting with your first course, you will learn Dr. Townsend’s Competence & Character Growth Model, which is integrated throughout the curriculum. You will have many assignments where you apply what you are learning to your personal life or career. As you connect with your classmates and faculty through live classrooms and discussion board dialogues, you discuss ways you are growing according to the Competence & Character Growth Plan that each student develops when they start the program.

  • Apply online.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Fill out our Statement of Intent.
  • Submit AA degree (preferred) or official high school transcript(s) (proof of graduation).

Admissions Eligibility

  • Option 1: Associate Degree, IGETC, or CSU certification
  • Option 2: You have 45 transferable credits or more and are able to take general education classes concurrently with your major.
  • Option 3: If you have 0-44 units, you are eligible for candidate status and can begin taking GE courses. Once 45 credits total are obtained, you can begin taking courses concurrently.
  • 2.4 GPA required

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