Hu­man be­ha­vi­or plays a fun­da­men­tal role at the workplace and in or­ga­niza­t­i­ons around the glo­be. The In­ter­na­tio­nal Joint Mas­ter of Re­se­arch in Work and Or­ga­niza­t­io­nal Psy­cho­lo­gy ad­dres­ses a wide ran­ge of to­pics from or­ga­niza­t­io­nal be­ha­vi­or, over en­tre­pre­neurship prac­tices to ad­van­ced re­se­arch me­thods. In es­sence, this Mas­ter’s pro­gram seeks to pro­vi­de a bet­ter un­der­stan­ding of the key fac­tors lea­ding to or­ga­niza­t­io­nal and busi­ness suc­cess. The two-year pro­gram is an in-depth and re­se­arch-ori­en­ted pro­gram with a joint de­gree from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty, Maas­tricht Uni­ver­si­ty, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Va­len­cia.

Content and Idea

The Mas­ter’s pro­gram is a joint pro­gram by Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg in Ger­ma­ny, the University of Maastricht in the Nether­lands, and the University of Valencia in Spain. The three uni­ver­si­ties cont­ri­bu­te to the pro­gram with their dis­tin­gu­is­hed pro­files in the re­spec­tive are­as. The pro­gram of­fers a high­ly attrac­tive and aca­de­mi­cal­ly out­stan­ding edu­ca­ti­on in work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy. Spe­ci­fi­cal­ly, the pro­gram aims at the de­ve­lop­ment of theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, or­ga­niza­t­io­nal, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve skills that are re­le­vant to rea­li­ze, de­ve­lop, and eva­lua­te re­se­arch and ap­p­lied pro­jects wi­t­hin work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy.

The pro­gram ad­dres­ses stu­dents who are com­mit­ted to ex­cel­lence and seek to pur­sue an aca­de­mic or ma­na­ge­ri­al ca­re­er in the spe­cia­li­zed area of work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy. The pro­gram links ad­van­ced theo­re­ti­cal and me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal know­ledge with hands-on re­se­arch trai­ning to im­ple­ment pro­jects in the la­bo­ra­to­ry and the field. Fur­ther­mo­re, the pro­gram will fos­ter the stu­dents’ un­der­stan­ding of the most pres­sing chal­len­ges of the working so­cie­ty in the 21st cen­tu­ry. The pro­gram is es­pe­cial­ly qua­li­fied for stu­dents who are in­te­rested in a fol­low-up Ph.D. pro­gram in the field of work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy.

The in­ter­na­tio­nal en­vi­ron­ment across three dif­fe­rent Eu­ro­pean coun­tries helps the stu­dents to ac­qui­re ex­ten­si­ve in­ter­cul­tu­ral com­pe­ten­cies, col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve, and lan­gua­ge skills in ad­di­ti­on to their pro­fes­sio­nal trai­ning. The pro­gram pro­vi­des stu­dents the op­por­tu­ni­ty to de­ve­lop strong in­ter­na­tio­nal so­ci­al ties and to take the per­spec­tives of their coun­ter­parts. All the­se skills are high­ly im­portant for pro­fes­sio­nals and re­se­ar­chers in the glo­ba­li­zed area of work and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons. Stu­dents of the pro­gram will re­cei­ve an ex­cel­lent edu­ca­ti­on to en­ter their fu­ture ap­p­lied and aca­de­mic fiel­ds.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­ti­on of the pro­gram, stu­dents will be awar­ded a joint Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) in Work and Or­ga­niza­t­io­nal Psy­cho­lo­gy from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg, from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Maas­tricht, and from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Va­len­cia.

Program Structure

The first se­mes­ter ta­kes place at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Maas­tricht. In the first se­mes­ter, stu­dents learn ba­sic and ad­van­ced know­ledge in the are­as of hu­man re­sour­ces, or­ga­niza­t­i­ons, hu­man co­gni­ti­on and per­for­mance, work psy­cho­lo­gy, and sta­tis­tics.

The se­cond se­mes­ter will be held in Lüne­burg at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty. The cour­ses co­ver hu­man re­sour­ce ma­nage­ment and ne­go­tia­ti­on from an in­ter­cul­tu­ral per­spec­tive. Fur­ther­mo­re, the stu­dents will learn about clas­si­cal and the la­test cont­ri­bu­ti­ons to work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy in an in­ten­si­ve rea­ding cour­se. Me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal skills will be pro­vi­ded in cour­ses on re­se­arch de­signs and in a group re­se­arch pro­ject.

In the third se­mes­ter, stu­dents will move to Va­len­cia. Stu­dents at­tend ad­van­ced cour­ses around the main area of in­ter­ven­ti­ons in work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy. In-depth clas­ses on in­ter­ven­ti­on me­thods and a group re­se­arch pro­ject will be taught.

The fourth se­mes­ter ta­kes place at one of the three uni­ver­si­ties, whe­re the stu­dents will wri­te their Mas­ter the­sis. In the first se­mes­ter, stu­dents will be pro­vi­ded with a list of ge­ne­ral to­pics for their re­se­arch pro­ject/ Mas­ter the­sis, and the cor­re­spon­ding uni­ver­si­ties for su­per­vi­si­on.

Career Prospects

Stu­dents will be best pre­pa­red for an aca­de­mic ca­re­er or a ca­re­er in in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly ope­ra­ting or­ga­niza­t­i­on with de­part­ments in the field of work and or­ga­niza­t­io­nal psy­cho­lo­gy. De­pen­ding on their in­di­vi­du­al pro­fi­le, stu­dents have mul­ti­ple ca­re­er op­ti­ons es­pe­cial­ly in hu­man per­for­mance re­la­ted re­se­arch are­as such as hu­man re­sour­ces, work psy­cho­lo­gy, or or­ga­niza­t­io­nal de­ve­lop­ment. Stu­dents will also have ac­cess to lea­ding po­si­ti­ons in busi­ness and con­sul­ting, pu­blic ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on or po­li­cy ad­vi­sing.

Due to the in­ter­na­tio­nal scope of the pro­gram and the strong fo­cus on the psy­cho­lo­gy of work and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons, stu­dents of this pro­gram will find va­rious job op­por­tu­nities around the glo­be.

Application and Entry Requirements

The Mas­ter’s pro­gram is ai­med at na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who eit­her have a Ba­che­lor de­gree in Psy­cho­lo­gy, a Ba­che­lor de­gree with pre­do­mi­nant­ly psy­cho­lo­gi­cal com­po­n­ents, or any equi­va­lent (70 ECTS Psy­cho­lo­gy, 30 ECTS Me­thods).

For ap­p­li­cants who­se first lan­gua­ge is not Eng­lish, the awar­ding uni­ver­si­ties set a mi­ni­mum Eng­lish Lan­gua­ge pro­fi­ci­en­cy le­vel.

For more in­for­ma­ti­on on ent­ry re­qui­re­ments, the ap­p­li­ca­ti­on and selec­tion pro­ce­du­re, as well as the cour­se fee, plea­se re­fer to the web­sites of Maastricht University.

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