Master's degree programs in executive coaching psychology are rare. A prospective student is more likely to find a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership option with a concentration in the area. Curriculum is designed for individuals who want to coach or mentor business leaders, human resources managers and organizational development leaders.
Students learn to work one-on-one with these individuals to help them excel in their career. They will get a theoretical understanding of leadership psychology, coaching strategies and group organization structure. Elective choices include group dynamics and humanistic theory. Practical experience can be gained through an internship. Some institutions offer these programs online. For admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, graduate-level coursework in coaching and letters of recommendation.
Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership
Degree programs in executive coaching psychology are interdisciplinary, pulling from business, psychology, sociology and organizational leadership. Examples of these courses include:
- Introduction to professional counseling
- Theory of executive coaching
- Practices of executive coaching
- Executive coaching assessment
- Organizational development
- Leadership skills
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Executive coaches also can be referred to as management analysts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for these professionals is expected to grow at a rate of 14% over 2014-2024, with a mean annual salary of $91,770, as of May 2015.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) offers three levels of coaching certification, from associate to master (www.coachfederation.org). Requirements include a specified number of hours working as a professional coach, as well as time spent with a coaching mentor. Continuing education classes are required to maintain status. Additionally, Sherpa Executive Coaching, a private company that specializes in executive coach training, offers certification in conjunction with various colleges and universities. These credentialing programs typically combine classroom work with a practicum.
For those who want to dedicate their careers to coaching business leaders to be their best, a master's degree in organizational development can provide the necessary psychological and business training.