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program overview

What is the I/O-MHR Program?
The Industrial Organizational Management and Human Resources degree (I/O-MHR) is designed for students preparing for administrative positions that do not require licensure. The degree emphasizes the integration of counseling theory and practice into a business or organizational setting.  This program does not prepare students for licensure as Professional Counselors or Marriage and Family Therapists.

How does the Program Progress?
The program has been crafted to provide a sequential experience for each student from knowledge base, to skill development, to application. Two content areas are addressed: a) counseling/psychological theory and practice and b) organizational psychology (e.g. motivation of employee's leadership styles and organizational development). There is an emphasis throughout the program on the integration of theory and practice.
Once students have a sound knowledge of psychological and organizational theory and appropriate skill training in the program, they obtain internship positions in line with organizational psychology. The typical placement is from 12 to 16 hours a week and runs for two academic semesters. The Philadelphia area, with a wide variety of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to much smaller companies, is especially rich in practice possibilities. Internship sites have included the following:

  • Asher and Company, Ltd.
  • Bergen Briller Group, L.L.C.
  • Fox 29—WTXF–TV
  • Northern Light Community Center
  • Target Corporation
  • U.S. Postal Service—Processing and Distribution Center

For most students, completion of the program will lead to employment in business organizations, consulting firms, or mental health settings as administrators.

Why study at La Salle?
La Salle University believes in a personal, practical, and professional graduate education, and occurs in the context of the Lasallian tradition focusing on excellence in teaching and concern for both ultimate values and for the individual values of its students.

La Salle's Counseling and Family Therapy Master's Programs have been training counselors and therapists since 1979.  Its extensive resources include the following:

  • Connelly Library – a state-of-the-art library with extensive holdings in counseling and psychology
  • An Assessment Laboratory that contains a wide variety of assessment materials and resources
  • Affiliations with many nationally recognized agencies and businesses in the Philadelphia area
  • Diverse faculty possessing a wide range of disciplinary expertise dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and service
  • One-on-one advisement and individualized plans of study that meet students' interests and career goals
  • Day classes for full-time students and evening classes convenient for working professionals
The thoroughness of La Salle's training is widely recognized in the Philadelphia area and sets its graduates apart.

For more information, view the FAQs.

View the Admission Requirements for eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Program offered at:

Francis Berna, OFM, Ph.D.

Donna A. Tonrey, Psy.D., LMFT, LPC

Counseling and Family Therapy
Master's Programs
Office: Wister Hall, Room 218
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1767
Fax: 215.991.3585

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