About Claremont Graduate University
Since the late 1960s, the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has been a leader in providing graduate education in applied psychological science, and in preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global community. Many of our more than 1,200 alumni with graduate degrees in psychology hold major positions in business, consulting, government, health care, public health, community settings, research institutes and think tanks, and at colleges and major universities across the globe.
We find that many psychology, social and behavioral science, and related undergraduate majors desire to continue their education and experience in these areas, but are not aware of career options beyond teaching, basic research, and therapy. Our programs allow students to continue to study the topics in psychology and the behavioral sciences they are most interested in, while preparing for personally rewarding careers.
There are more than 50 core and supporting faculty who teach courses, supervise student research, serve on student committees, or employ SBOS students. For example, students take courses and work with CGU faculty from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, School of Educational Studies, School of Politics and Economics, School of Information Science, as well as with faculty members from the other colleges in the Claremont Consortium.
A distinctive feature of our school is its pioneering development of a non-clinical applied psychology. A consistent, central theme of the school is the application of social science knowledge, concepts, and methods to important social issues through research and practice. We explore the significant contribution of psychology to the understanding and amelioration of social problems and to the formulation of public policy.
The curriculum emphasizes three primary components:
* Scholarly work organized around psychological, social, and organizational concepts relevant to social, organizational, and policy issues
* Development of methodological skills for collecting and analyzing information in field settings
* Practical experience in government agencies, public interest organizations, human service agencies, or business and industrial settings