FAQs

I have been out of school a long time. Will I be the only older student in my classes?

We certainly have and desire a wide variety of students in the program from different backgrounds.

I understand I get an assistantship, tuition waiver and health insurance. Are there other expenses I have to pay outside of those?

Upon enrollment in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program you will receive a full tuition waiver, health care benefits, and a large stipend. In addition, the Organizational Science program offers financial support to Ph.D. students to cover professional development activities (i.e. travel to professional conferences).  Graduate students should expect to pay student fees to UNC Charlotte on a per semester basis (the Graduate College website has the most up-to-date info on costs). Finally, students planning to park in the student lots on UNC Charlotte's campus will need to purchase a parking permit.

 

Are students from an interdisciplinary program desirable to employers?

Yes, most definitely.  Our students have had fantastic success getting jobs. Click here to visit the alumni page and get a clear idea where and for whom our students are working now.

 

Can I do the program online as opposed to in person?

No, the program can not be completed online. Students get a very personal educational experience in an on-campus setting. The faculty student ratio is nearly 1:1.

Can I earn a master's degree (MA) while completing the Organizational Science program?

Yes. In addition to earning an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Organizational Science, students can choose to co-enroll in an MA program in I/O Psychology, Communications Studies, or Sociology. This co-enrollment option allows students to earn a master's degree in one of these three areas of their choosing by simply taking a few extra courses, several of which can also be used as Organizational Science electives which are required for graduation.  The decision to co-enroll can be made at any point in the student's first year in the program.

Can I keep my full time job and be a part of your program?

No, students will work very hard and full-time on their doctoral studies. Also, we expect to be fully funding our students (see above) so they do not have to work outside of the university.

Do I have to have a master’s degree to get into the program?

No.

Do you have admissions for a Spring start date?

No, admissions occur late Winter and early Spring for a Fall start date.

How do I get to the campus?

Great question!  Just follow these easy directions by clicking here.

How long will it take me to finish the program?

We expect the program to take 4 to 5 years.

I have a real interest in I/O Psychology and Management, should I apply to the Organizational Science program?

Absolutely.  We are an interdisciplinary doctoral program dedicated to the study of organizations from both micro and macro perspectives.  Some OS students choose to pursue career paths directly in I/O and Mgmt.  A number of our students choose to co-enroll in the MA program in I/O Psych.  So, if you have interests in examining topics core to IO, OB, and HR, but in a unique interdisciplinary way, we are a great fit for you.

I have a real interest in Organizational Communication, should I apply to the Organizational Science program?

Absolutely. Organizational Science is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry focusing on employee and organizational health, well-being, and effectiveness, all of which can be investigated through the Organizational Communication lens. Sample topics (past and current) include: how emotion gets communicated in the intersection between work and family; diversity communication in corporate websites; executive self-talk; employee communication via social media and how this effects workplace relationships. Our students are exposed to a variety of learning perspectives including qualitative, quantitative, economical, phenomenological, interpretive, critical, organizational, and systems. 

 

I have a real interest in Organizational Sociology and/or the Sociology of Work. Should I apply to the Organizational Science program?

Absolutely.  We are an interdisciplinary doctoral program dedicated to the study of organizations from both micro and macro perspectives.  Some OS students choose to pursue career paths directly in Sociology.  A number of our students choose to co-enroll in the MA program in Sociology.  So, if you have interests in examining topics core to organizational sociology (like the changing nature of work; work-life balance in a 24/7 economy; gender, race, and social status in organizations; employment practices and labor relations; and how culture and the state shape organizational behavior), but in a unique interdisciplinary way, we are a great fit for you.

Is the program a full-time program or can I attend part time?

It is a full-time program. Students are fully engaged in the pursuit of their Organizational Science degree. We also expect to be fully funding all of our doctoral students with a graduate assistantship or practicum, including tuition remission and health insurance.

My GRE/GMAT scores are very low, will I get in?

Most likely not. Admissions is very competitive. Accepted students have good GREs or GMATs, excellent grades, and research experiences. Practical experience is a bonus.
 

What are the biggest strengths of the program?

The excellent faculty/student ratio, the science/practitioner balance in our curriculum, abundant research opportunities, the large size and quality of our faculty, and our consulting unit to promote student development. Certainly our greatest strength is our interdisciplinary nature. We are a truly integrated and interdisciplinary program capitalizing on the tremendous strengths of I/O psychology, management, organizational sociology, and organizational communication.

What jobs will graduates typically seek?

Half of our graduates to go into practice (internal organizational consulting, external organizational consulting, government, HR, Organizational Development) and half of our graduates go into academia (business, communication studies, sociology, psychology).

What would I be doing in my assistantship?

It could be a lot of different things ranging from being a research assistant, teaching a course, helping administer a program, advising undergraduate students, teaching assistant, and assisting with consulting projects. Assistantships are 20 hours a week.  If you'd like more details about assistantships, please email Kimi B. Tippett, Administrative Assistant, atktippet1@uncc.edu.

When do classes meet?

  • Almost exclusively during the day time.

Will I be engaged in research?

Yes, that is the core part of the graduate experience. We have extensive laboratory and computer facilities available for a variety of organizational science research studies. Plus, we engage in a great deal of field research.

Will I work with just one faculty member?

We have 15 full-time faculty.  We strongly encourage students to take advantage of this terrific array of talent and expertise by working on projects with many different faculty members over the course of their education.  To ease a student's transition into graduate school, however, we do assign everyone an initial faculty and peer mentor.