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About the Program
Program Schedule
Field Placement
Academic Proficiency
Degree Completion Requirements
Student Learning Outcomes

About the Program

Phillips Graduate University's offers a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Organizational Management and Consulting.  This is a 96-unit program taken over 2.5 years in 8 consecutive semesters (including summers).  Graduates of this program will be effectively trained as highly skilled, emotionally intelligent, and research-informed organizational leaders and consultants who can:
  • Guide organizations in successfully managing change;
  • Build high performing teams through an understanding of human behavior;
  • Assist others in reaching their professional potential, and
  • Promote strategic thinking to attain the highest level of human and organizational outcomes.
The seven core competencies taught in the Phillips OMC program demonstrate the student’s readiness for work as organizational change agents. Each student will:
  1. Conduct a Research-Informed Practice. Students are consumers of research and literature on best practices in business; as a result, they are able to design, recommend, and implement organizational interventions
  2. Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence. Students recognize their emotional state in real time and can manage those emotions based on the needs of the situation at hand; awareness of others’ emotions increases the ability to effectively manage business relationships.
  3. Think Strategically. Students are able to assess, analyze, and determine the most effective outcome for a business situation.
  4. Manage Change. Students understand and leverage basic principles, techniques, and prescriptions applied to the human aspect of major change initiatives in organizational settings.
  5. Develop Others (Coaching). Students effectively partner with individuals or teams in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
  6. Build Teams. Students build, develop, facilitate, lead, and participate in teams. They encourage the development of structurally sound teams that have a strong sense of trust, commitment, and accountability that are then able to leverage conflict and achieve results.
  7. Communicate Effectively. Students effectively present ideas orally as well as communicate in academic, business, and reflective writing. Students are aware of the impact on others of their verbal and nonverbal skills and are mindful of proper etiquette when communicating with colleagues, faculty, and clients.

Program Schedule

This 96-unit program taken over two-and-a-half years in eight consecutive semesters (including summers). Courses are taught on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and occasional Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Field Studies

The OMC Field Placement Program is an integral part of the experiential learning required at Phillips. 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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Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Program Goal 1: Understanding of theories, concepts, and research findings related to organizational consulting.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and theories in organizational management and consulting.
1.2 Conceptualize organizational dynamics from a systems perspective.
1.3 Analyze and apply published research related to organizational management and consulting.
1.4 Exhibit skills that facilitate lifelong learning.

Program Goal 2: Use of appropriate methods for assessment, intervention, and evaluation in organizational consulting.

Student Learning Outcomes:
2.1 Understand and evaluate the influence of culture in organizational settings.
2.2 Propose, design, and conduct assessments in diverse organizations.
2.3 Develop, implement, and evaluate interventions in diverse organizations.

Program Goal 3: Application of ethical and legal practices in business and in organizational management and consulting.

Student Learning Outcomes:
3.1 Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal business principles consistent with established standards.

Program Goal 4: Communication with organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes:
4.1 Understand and evaluate one's impact on others in professional activities.
4.2 Communicate effectively and professionally with organization stakeholders in written and oral formats.

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