In 1790, President George Washington visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island and spoke of equal opportunity throughout the United States. His words inspired Isaac and Judah Touro, leaders in colonial America, to enrich the lives of all people through educational opportunities, spiritual outreach and vocational enterprise. The Touro family provided endowments to universities, the first free public library in North America and other organizations throughout the country, as well as Israeli communities, designed to enrich human life.
In 1970, Bernard Lander, PhD., L.H.D., founded Touro College, naming it after the early Jewish-American leaders whose lives were dedicated to enriching the lives of others. The university was created to strengthen the Jewish heritage and tradition while serving the larger American and worldwide community.
In 1998, Touro University International was founded by Dr. Yoram Neumann and Dr. Edith Neumann. It was the first university to offer an accredited doctorate program online with no residency requirements, making it attractive to government and military students. In 2007, TUI was sold to a private group, prompting Dr. Bernard Luskin to found Touro University Worldwide in 2008. His goal was to fill the educational void created when TUI was sold.
Today, more than 19,000 students attend Touro University Worldwide around the globe. The university has a long track record of offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Touro University Worldwide Accreditation Details
Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Accreditation indicates that the college meets or exceeds criteria set forth by the accrediting agency that indicate excellence in education. Industry-specific organizations also accredit programs throughout the university.
Touro University Worldwide Application Requirements
Students who wish to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree at Touro University Worldwide must hold a high school diploma or equivalent with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must also pass an English and math placement test. Students must submit an official high school transcript as well as transcripts from any college or university attended.
Students who wish to enter a master's program at Touro University Worldwide must have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a transfer student with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Students who wish to enter a doctorate program at Touro University Worldwide must have earned a master's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended and two letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from someone familiar with the student's academic work and the other a professional reference. Students must also complete a doctoral entrance essay that includes a biography, career plan and goals.
Touro University Worldwide Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition at Touro University Worldwide is $400 per credit hour. Master's tuition is $500 per credit hour and doctorate tuition is $700 per credit hour. Because Touro University Worldwide offers education to students who may have financial need, they waive application fees for all students in an effort to provide everyone with the chance to achieve their higher education goals. All materials for Touro University Worldwide are online, so there are no hidden fees that drive up the cost of tuition. The only fees charged at Touro University Worldwide are:
- Degree Audit/Graduation Fee – $200 one-time occurrence
- Replacement diploma – $20 each
- Replacement Student ID card – $10 each
- Returned check – $30 each
- Transcript request – $10 per copy
Financial aid is available and students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible. Students may request a financial aid packet from the Financial Aid Office to get an overview of their financial situation. Aid is available in the form of scholarship, grants, G.I. Bill benefits and loans.
Touro University Worldwide Online Degree(s) Available
Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology
The Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology at Touro University Worldwide is offered 100 percent online with no residency requirement and no GRE requirement. Students are provided an understanding of organizational psychology, a field that is growing as employers look to develop a better understanding of workforce motivation. Students are provided with skills and knowledge necessary to design evidence-based solutions in the field of psychology.
The program begins with courses in theory and research, followed by putting theories into practice. Students then move into the Dissertation phase of the program, working with a faculty dissertation chair and committee that will work with them from the proposal to the defense phase. Students choose a topic to focus their research on in order to allow for skill development that results in solutions to real-world problems.
The program offers students faculty research guidance, technology and learning opportunities along with a support system dedicated to their success. Courses required to complete the program include:
- Application of Research Methods in Professional Settings
- Applications of the Scholar-Practitioner Model
- Applied Cognitive Psychology
- Applied I/O Psychology
- Applied Media Psychology
- Applied Social Psychology
- Evidenced-based Practices
- Qualitative Research I & II
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Research Methods
- Scholar Practitioner Model
- Survey Design
Once courses are completed, students must select a Dissertation Chair and committee to begin working on their Doctoral Dissertation Topic. Students must complete literature review, develop the proposal, submit the proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to have the dissertation proposal approved. Once the proposal is approved, students move into the Dissertation Phase which is the Capstone of the program. The Dissertation is a permanent record of the research conducted by the student and is a critical component of the program.
Students must have earned a Master's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.4. Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended and submit two letters of recommendation. Students must also submit the Doctoral Entrance Essay. Entrance is based on the motivation, maturity and creativity of the applicant as well as evidence of a sound personal agenda with achievable personal and professional objectives. Students must have a strong awareness of intellectual strength as well as the program requirements. Students must also have strong oral and written communication skills.
Because the Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology is offered completely online, students who face work, family or social obligations that make it difficult for them to attend traditional classrooms are able to achieve their higher education goals at Touro University Worldwide.