Curriculum

Through our curriculum, students will achieve the following educational objectives:

  • Acquire a comprehensive and integrated body of organizational science knowledge ranging from micro issues concerning employee selection and socialization to more macro issues concerning organizational structure and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate competence in synthesizing and transcending disciplinary perspectives to generate novel, useful, and robust understandings of organizational science phenomena.
  • Demonstrate competence in planning, conducting, and evaluating Organizational Science research.
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching, communicating, and disseminating organizational science knowledge to others in an effective and pedagogically appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate competence in collaborating with a diverse group of professionals, students, research participants, and consumers of organizational science services.
  • Demonstrate competence in applying research in organizational science to practice leading to applications and interventions that benefit the individual, the organization, the customer, and the larger community in which the organization operates. 

Degree Requirements and Notes

  1. 77 hours (post baccalaureate) will be required.
  2. Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA in the courses on their degree plan of study in order to graduate. More than two grades of C or one U will result in termination from the program.
  3. Students who have taken graduate coursework but have not earned graduate degrees may transfer in up to six semester hours of coursework. Students who have earned master’s degrees may transfer up to thirty semester hours.
  4. Beyond the 30 hours that students with a Masters degree can transfer into the program, all coursework that will count toward the Ph.D. will be 6000-level or above. The majority of the coursework will be at the 8000 level.
  5. Master’s thesis or Independent Pre-Doctoral Research Project required.
  6. A qualifying exam is required. Failure to pass the qualifying examination after two attempts will result in termination from the Graduate Program.
  7. A Dissertation is required.
  8. An organizational science practicum is optional.
  9. Each year a student will have a performance appraisal assessment.
  10. A student may choose a disciplinary “emphasis” (e.g., an emphasis in Business, Sociology, Psychology or Communication Studies). An emphasis includes three discipline-specific courses. A disciplinary emphasis would provide an opportunity for a student to combine interdisciplinary training with a core disciplinary specialization. Students preparing for careers in academia may benefit most from having such an emphasis. Students may choose to not have an “emphasis” and instead take electives that span across all disciplines. Program director approval is needed in order to count a course toward an emphasis.
  11. A student can consider co-enrolling in other MA programs at UNC Charlotte.
  12. Students must complete their degree, including dissertation, within eight years.

Sampling of Core and Elective Courses

Please click on each class to look through a recent syllabus (some classes may have multiple syllabi attached).

OSCI 8000 #1  OSCI 8000 #2  OSCI 8000 #3 Organizational Science Overview. (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Provides broad overview of the field of Organizational Science including its historical foundations. Each week is a mini-seminar on a particular topic within the field. (Fall)

OSCI 8001 Current Topics and Events in Organizational Science (1)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. New and innovative research and practice topics related to Organizational Science will be discussed/delivered/facilitated by student researchers, faculty and invited speakers. These “cutting edge” topics will span all of micro and macro organizational science and will change each semester. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring).

OSCI 8100 #1 OSCI 8100 #2 Organizational Science Lab (1-2)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Ph.D. in Organizational Science program or permission of the instructor and co-enrollment in OSCI 8000.  Special topics seminar connected with the Organizational Science Overview course (typically taught by the same instructor). Topics cover the field of Organizational Science.  Science/practice/research issues emphasized.  The instructor determines whether the course is taken for a letter grade or Pass/Unsatisfactory.  (Fall)

OSCI/PSYC 8102  Research Design and Quantitative Methods I (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. An overview of basic experimental and covariation research designs and the application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the designs. The focus will be on univariate designs, including simple and complex group comparisons, and basic correlational and linear regression strategies. (Fall)

OSCI 8103  Research Design and Quantitative Methods II (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. An introduction to advanced experimental and covariation research strategies. The focus will be on a thorough exploration of applied multiple regression analysis. A brief introduction to selected multivariate models such as discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis

OSCI 8205  Field and Lab Based Quantitative Research Methods (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examines quantitative approaches to Organizational Science research such as experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, organizational surveys, longitudinal models and field research. (Yearly)

OSCI 8206  Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Ph.D. program in Organizational Science or consent of the instructor. Examines qualitative approaches to Organizational Science research such as focus groups, verbal protocol, interviewing, naturalistic observation, and content analysis. (Yearly)

OSCI 8208  Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: OSCI 8206 or permission of the instructor.This course extends the foundational approaches presented in OSCI 8206 to provide advanced instruction on the assumptions, contingencies, techniques, and practices of computer-supported qualitative data analysis systems (CAQDAS). Students will work with several advanced software packages that facilitate the management, analysis, and display of qualitative data.

OSCI 8477  Organizational Science Practicum (1-6)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Practical experience/Internship in an organizational setting. With permission from the program director, a research assistantship on a grant can fulfill this requirement. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

OSCI 8610 Micro Organizational Science I (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examines research, theory and application regarding individual differences (e.g., abilities, personality), assessment (e.g., tests, inventories, interviews, assessment centers), criterion development (e.g., job analysis, performance models) and organizational staffing processes (i.e., recruitment, selection, basic legal concepts). (Yearly)

OSCI 8611 #1  OSCI 8611 #2 Macro Organizational Science I (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examines research, theory and application on the following topics: motivation, communication systems and processes, stress, job design, leadership, employee attitudes and emotions, teamwork, and decision making. (Yearly)

OSCI 8620 Micro Organizational Science II (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examines research, theory and application regarding post-entry personnel issues such as training, performance management, performance appraisal, compensation, and employee socialization. (Yearly)

OSCI 8621 #1 OSCI 8621 #2 Macro Organizational Science II (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examines research, theory and application on the following topics: organizational development, organizational change, organizational climate, organizational culture, organizational theory, and relations between organizations and their environment. (Yearly)

OSCI 8630  Micro Seminar in Organizational Science (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examination of special topic(s) germane to Micro Organizational Science. The seminar may focus on one or a small number of topics salient to this area. Extensive reading and discussion of topics from multiple perspectives. May be repeated for credit for different topics. May be repeated for credit. (on demand)

OSCI 8640  Macro Seminar in Organizational Science (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examination of special topic(s) germane to Macro Organizational Science. The seminar may focus on one or a small number of topics salient to this area. Extensive reading and discussion of topics from multiple perspectives. May be repeated for credit for different topics. May be repeated for credit. (on demand)

OSCI 8650  Research Methods Seminar in Organizational Science (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Examination of special topic(s) germane to research methods in Organizational Science. The seminar may focus on one or a small number of topics that define this area (e.g., a data analytic technique, a methodological approach). Extensive reading and discussion of topics from multiple perspectives. May be repeated for credit. (on demand)

OSCI 8899  Organizational Science Readings and Research (1-3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Research and/or reading on a topic agreed on by a student and a faculty member. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

OSCI 8948  Independent Pre-Doctoral Organizational Science Research Project I (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Identification of a focused research question and development of a research proposal comparable in scope to a Master’s thesis. Conducted under the direction of a research chair and committee. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

OSCI 8949  Independent Pre-Doctoral Organizational Science Research Project II (3)
Prerequisites: OSCI 8948 and Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Research and defense of on an Independent Pre-Doctoral Research Project conducted under the direction of a research chair and committee. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

OSCI 8998  Organizational Science Dissertation I (3)
Prerequisites: Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Identification of a research question and development of the proposal for a research study appropriate a dissertation project. Conducted under the direction of a research chair and committee. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

OSCI 8999  Organizational Science Dissertation II (3)
Prerequisites: OSCI 8998 and Full graduate standing in the Organizational Science Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor. Research and defense of on an Independent Dissertation Project conducted under the direction of a research chair and committee. Pass/no credit grading. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

GRAD 9999  Doctoral Degree Graduate Residence
(Fall, Spring, Summer)

 

 

An Organizational Science Handbook can be downloaded here.