Specialization – Work and Organizational Psychology

VU University Amsterdam

Program Description

Specialization – Work and Organizational Psychology

VU University Amsterdam

The Master’s specialization ‘Work and Organizational Psychology’ focuses on human behavior in organizations and work situations. Some of the questions posed are: How can organizations attract competent and reliable employees? What role do organizational leaders play? How does one influence group and organizational processes? The programme offers courses that are grounded in both theory and practice, offering insight in the role of personality, social processes, leadership, and decision-making in organizations, and is taught by internationally renowned experts.


In the first semester, students can choose five out of the following seven courses:

  • Consumer Behavior and Economic Decision Making (6 EC)
  • Leadership and Organization (6 EC)
  • Social Processes and Organizational Change (6 EC)
  • Work and Health (6 EC)
  • Advanced Structural Models (6 EC)
  • Personality at Work (6 EC)
  • Elective (6 EC)

In the second semester, students will write their Master thesis (16 EC) and conduct an internship (14 EC).


Students who have obtained a Master degree, specialization Work and Organizational Psychology often find employment in Human Resource Management departments of large companies. Typical jobs include personnel manager, trainer, assessor, or internal consultant. You can also end up as a coach or external consultant in a consultancy firm or as a recruiter or assessor in a recruitment agency. Work and Organizational Psychologists are also sought after in educational and research institutions, and may also end up in general management functions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 18, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,850 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,850 EUR