The Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges (WASC) approved one of Vanguard University's professional graduate programs, the college announced Thursday.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission approved the master of science in organizational psychology program, which prepares students for a career in organizational and industrial psychology.

Industrial and organizational psychology is the scientific study of human behavior in the workplace. Career opportunities in the field are projected to increase 29% by the year 2020, according to a news release.

"Our accrediting team affirmed us for our strong program and I believe graduates from our organizational psychology program will have a distinctive advantage in the workplace," said Andrew Stenhouse, dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies.

WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States that evaluates educational programs at various institutions.

—Hannah Fry

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