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  • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

    • Bruce Hall, Suite 201
    • tel: 610-499-1206
    • fax: 610-499-4625
  • Hal Shorey, PhD

    • Director, PsyD & Business Joint Degree
    • Bruce Hall, Room 207
    • tel: 610-499-4598


Curriculum, Clinical Psychology and Business Administration

Students in the dual degree clinical psychology and business administration program (PsyD/MBA and PsyD/MBA-HCM) spend five years in full-time residence to earn their doctoral degree.

Beginning in the summer of the first year of the PsyD program, students take additional evening and summer courses to earn either the MBA or MBA in Health Care Management (HCM) degree. In addition to their business classes, students pursuing the MBA (but not the MBA-HCM) take a core sequence of courses that build on the general clinical psychology and business school curricula to instill the core competencies needed for psychologists to be successful in organizational settings:

  • Consulting and organizational psychology
  • Leadership development
  • Executive assessment
  • Executive coaching
  • Organizational change management

In addition to these courses, students gain hands-on supervised experience through practicum and/or internship placements with concentrations in executive coaching or organizational consulting.

One of the primary placements for students in this program is Widener’s Organizational Development Services. The training experience culminates in the production of a dissertation that integrates clinical psychology with organizational psychology and business.

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take in the PsyD/MBA dual degree program.

DPSY 569 Consulting and Organizational Psychology

The overarching objective of this course is to provide an understanding of organizational behavior at the individual, group, and systems level. Special consideration is given to topics that integrate the application of clinical psychology to organizational environments, including psychological dimensions of organizational behavior. This course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they relate to real world issues in organizational psychology. Students in this course also will be introduced to the research and evaluation skills needed to work effectively in applying psychology within organizations and engaging in related applied research.

DPSY 695 Leadership Development

This course will survey strategic and personal aspects of leadership with the goal of preparing students to implement leadership development training programs. We will begin with a study of strategic leadership and how organizational structures and goals effect the motivation and organizational behavior of followers. Knowledge of organizational structure, goals, and strategy, however, are not enough to assure the leaders effectiveness. The second section of this course will therefore focus on aspects of personal leadership. To be effective, leaders must have insight into how their own personalities are expressed and how they react and are perceived by followers. Such insight, accompanied by understanding of leadership and leadership/contingency theories, should enable leaders to consciously choose the leadership "stance" that will optimize achieving organizational goals. Students will have the opportunity to deliver leadership training programs based on this course in their 3rd year practicum though the Center for Engaged Leadership.

DPSY 671 Executive Coaching

This course will explore executive coaching as a specific application of psychology in business. Students will learn about the various indications for executive coaching and what constitutes effective consultation in this arena -particularly when sustained behavior change is the desired outcome. The major objectives of this seminar are (1) to familiarize students with executive coaching as a challenging application area for those who are trained clinically and, (2) to convey knowledge about the approaches, competencies, and personal characteristics essential to be an effective executive coach.

MGT 625 Change Management

This course prepares students to lead change initiatives within a variety of organizational settings. Economic trends challenge organizations to implement strategies that ensure their survival and competitiveness. To accomplish this, companies must have the ability to manage change. This course introduces students to a variety of tools that are used in specific phases of the change process.

For more information about courses and requirements for the PsyD/MBA and PsyD/MBA-HCM dual degree, please refer to our course catalog.