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Organizational Management & Consulting Doctoral (PsyD) Program

  • Prerequisite coursework: 12 units of social sciences at a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Completion of an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*

  • Demonstration of English proficiency may be required

  • Completion of Phillips Graduate University Admission Application Packet (See Admission Application Process)

  • Admissions interview with Organizational Management and Consulting Department Chair or a designee

  • Please refer to the Student Services section of the Phillips Institutional Catalog for details on admissions policies and procedures.

To demonstrate writing proficiency, a writing sample is required during the interview process. Based on the results of the written sample, applicant may be required to successfully complete a writing skills course at their own expense during the summer before admission.

Please refer to the Student Services section for details on admissions policies and procedures.

*Note: A Grade Point Average Exemption Petition may allow admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum Cumulative GPA requirement

Entry Options

Students enter the program in the fall semester only.

Please call the Admissions Office at (818) 386-5660 for dates and class schedules.

Field Studies

The Organizational Management and Consulting Field Placement Program is an integral part of the experiential learning required at Phillips Graduate University. This program allows students to begin practicing in the field what they are learning in the classroom.

Field placement gives students the opportunity to work as consultants for organizations that have come to Phillips for assistance with real-time business challenges. This practical, results-oriented education goes beyond theory and elevates a student's understanding and sense of accomplishment.
Field Placement Courses

Through the first-year Practicum and Case Consultation course students have the opportunity to participate in projects conducted by consultants or by OMC faculty members in their own consulting practices. Examples include assessments of organizational culture, structure, or communications, and developing surveys.

In the second-year Field-Based Consulting course students receive expanded learning opportunities that build on their existing knowledge base. Program courses that support the experiential learning provide the tools needed to build a successful consulting practice as well as the additional skills needed to facilitate components of strategic planning (environmental scans, gap analysis, SWOT, and ROPES), canvassing business models, facilitating a process for a team, and developing a strategic framework (mission, vision, values).

Supportive Assistance from Our Field Placement Coordinator

Students can secure a Field Placement site in one of two ways: (a) request and receive assistance from the OMC Field Placement Coordinator, (b) identify a site on their own. The Field Placement Coordinator will assist throughout in planning and implementing the student’s field placement experience.

Working Directly with Organizations

After selecting an organization, students will research, analyze, and address that organization’s specific challenge.

Fourteen Weeks of Development

Students work directly with the organization over a 14-week period. At the beginning of the engagement, students complete scope of work and project plan documents that they present to the organization. The process culminates with a written proposal and an oral presentation to the client organization.

Real-Time Results

Organizations that have implemented student recommendations experience overwhelmingly positive results. As a result, demand to participate in the Phillips OMC field placement program has skyrocketed. Organizations that have benefited from our field placements include the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, Riordan Leadership Program, Mobile Film Classroom, Connective Leadership Institute, Forgiving for Living Inc., and Anisa Rashad LLC.

Faculty Advisement

Students will be assigned an academic advisor at the beginning of their first semester of enrollment. Students are required to meet with their advisor early in each semester until completion of their degree. The faculty values and welcomes open communication with students.

Academic Proficiency

Any student receiving a grade of C- or below in a course must retake the course, demonstrating sufficient mastery of the course content. Retaking a course may delay program completion and graduation. The student must meet with their academic advisor to discuss the impact of repeating a course on program completion. The original grade received in the course as well as the grade received upon retaking the course are averaged into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Requirements for Degree Completion

Degrees are posted three times yearly: on the last day of December, May and August. All of the following requirements must be met prior to degree posting:
  • Completion of all 96 units of core courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Successful completion and demonstration of portfolio project to project committee

  • Provision to the Phillips Library of a copy of the portfolio project ready for binding

  • Intent to Graduate form on file with the Registration Office one semester prior to the date when a student expects to meet all graduation requirements

  • Payment in full of all financial obligations to Phillips Graduate University

  • Return of all Library materials

  • Completion of an exit interview with the Financial Aid Department (Financial Aid recipients only)

  • Provision to the Library of a copy of the doctoral portfolio ready for binding


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