Campus: CSU, Chico -- February 1, 2000

Internet-based Class Aids Human Resources Professionals

California State University, Chico is offering a new master's degree in psychology with an option in organizational psychology, an innovative, Internet-based program for human resources professionals.

Courses in the degree program will first be offered fall semester 2000. Students should be able to complete the program in two years.

Human resources, also known as personnel in many companies, is one of the fastest growing business career fields in the country. Workplace violence, work and family issues and psychological assessment are some of the areas in which human resources professionals have had to become proficient.

CSU, Chico psychology professor David Bauer, who designed the program, said the typical student will be a mid-level human resources professional who is looking to advance in his or her career. In the past, such professionals felt an MBA was the only degree option for advancement, Bauer said.

Not only will the distance education program provide a growing group of business professionals professional development, it will allow them to obtain a master's degree while continuing employment essentially anywhere in the country, Bauer said.

While the program will include some in-person meetings and residencies, the majority of course work will be done using the Internet. Students will take Web-based courses, communicate with classmates and faculty using e-mail, and use other on-line technology to complete the program.

CSU, Chico's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and College of Business are involved in presenting the program. Twenty psychology as well as management department professors constitute the master's program faculty.

Some of the course titles in the program are "Principles of Psychological Measurement," "Human Resource Development and Counseling" and "Program Evaluation and Research."

The master's degree requires 30 units be taken. The cost of the program is $600 per unit. Bauer said a group of about 20 students is expected to enroll each year.

Bauer said he was not aware of another Internet-based organizational psychology program similar to CSU, Chico's that was targeted to human resources professionals.

A goal of the program, Bauer said, is to "treat students as participants and co-equals -- we want to have a sharing of knowledge, not a vertical transmission of information from teacher to student."

For more information about the program, call 530-898-6182, or go to Web page:

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