​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Psychology (BA) offers several options:

  • Psychology (BA) Industrial and Organizational concentration only/ Psychology (MS) Industrial and Organizational
  • Psychology (BA)/Secondary Education Social Science (MEd)
  • Psychology (BA)/Communication and Media (MA) - contact College of Communication for more information.

Psychology (BA) Industrial and Organizational concentration/Psychology (MS) Industrial and Organizational

This program was designed and approved by DePaul University in the late 1980’s as a way to give qualified DePaul undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a B.A. and an M.S. degree in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Students who are not pursuing an undergraduate degree at DePaul are not eligible to apply for this program.  The program leads to a terminal M.S. degree, and should not be seen as an intermediate step towards a doctoral degree.  Students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. should speak to their advisor regarding the best way to prepare for such a program.  

The combined program requires completion of 39 classes (156 credit hours) by the end of the junior year.  Note that this is three classes above the typical 36 that a student would earn by taking four classes per quarter.  The undergraduate component of this program is:

Students should work with the I/O Program Director beginning as early as possible, ideally no later than the sophomore year.  Applications for the combined program are due by June 1 of the junior year, and they are found on the CSH Office of Advising and Student Services website.  At the time of application, the student should have completed the undergraduate component with a grade point average of no less than 3.20, although a stronger GPA would be preferred.  Supplemental application forms can be obtained from the I/O Program Director, and they must be submitted to the I/O Program Director together with the student’s unofficial DePaul transcript, statement of goals, and General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  Applications will be evaluated by DePaul Office of Graduate Admission and the Department of Psychology's I/O Admissions Committee.  Applicants will be informed of the decision, usually by mid-June of the same year.

Students accepted into the graduate portion of the program take three courses per quarter during Year 4 and another three courses per quarter during Year 5.  The Year 5 requirement of nine classes cannot be reduced by taking additional classes during Year 4, and given the demands of graduate-level coursework, students are strongly discouraged from attempting to take more than three classes at a time.  The nine Year 4 classes carry 36 credit hours, which add to the 156 already earned to produce 192 credit hours, which meets the minimum requirement for degree conferral of the B.A. degree.  The M.S. requires at least another 36 credits of graduate coursework earned following conferral of the B.A.  The 18 graduate classes taken in Years 4 and 5 are:

The M.S. degree also requires the student to complete a Master’s Thesis. This is a project that allows the student to focus on a particular area of interest within the I/O field.  There are three options available for the M.S. thesis:

  1. An empirical research project, involving the collection and analysis of data and the writing of the thesis paper in APA style.
  2. A library research paper, where the student reviews work already done on a topic and writes a paper describing and summarizing that work and making recommendations for theory, research, or practice.
  3. An applied thesis, based on work the student is doing at an internship site.

In addition to these three options, students must also enroll in 4 credit hours of PSY 597 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH.

Whichever option is chosen, the student will create a thesis committee consisting of a chair, who must be a DePaul I/O faculty member, and a reader, who must be a faculty member of DePaul’s Psychology Department and who must hold a Ph.D.  That committee must approve the thesis proposal, and the proposal may also need to be approved by the Institutional Review Board before work may begin.

Students in the combined program are not required to have a minor area of graduate study.  However, the minors listed for the MA/PhD program are also available to Combined Program students, should they choose to select one.

Students in this program may apply a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three courses in their senior year toward both the undergraduate and graduate Psychology requirements.  The required application for degree conferral for the MS is separate from the required application for degree conferral for the BA.  Students must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their fourth year of study.

Psychology (BA)/Secondary Education Social Science (MEd)

The TEACH Program combines a Science and Health major Psychology major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master’s in Education Program. Students graduate with a BA or BS in their disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary Social Science licensure.

Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA.  During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

Grades of C or better required in TCH courses.

Social Science Content Area (grades of C or better required for licensure):
The following Social Science content area requirements are required.  These can be taken as part of the major, liberal studies or open elective requirements:

The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during spring quarter.  Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Social Sciences at the 6th-12th grade levels.  

A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog.  Students interested in the Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department. 

A&S 491


This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.