Top Rated Organizational Psychology Graduate Programs in the U.S.

Learn about organizational or industrial-organizational psychology programs, a field of study that seeks to improve life in the workplace. Learn what four top universities have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, as well as what's unique to other schools with organizational psychology programs.

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The following schools offer the top-rated organizational psychology graduate programs in the U.S. and include an Ivy League institution and two public universities. In general, students learn how to use research methods and psychological principles to increase productivity and reorganize the workplace. All three schools have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for either their overall academic quality or organizational psychology programs.

1. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: The faculty at Columbia's Social-Organizational Psychology program have an extensive array of relevant research interests, including counseling psychology, business management, and organizational behavior.

Columbia University, an Ivy League school and one of the oldest colleges in New York and the U.S., placed fourth on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities in 2015. The university's Organization and Leadership Department is located within the Teacher's College and emphasizes both organizational and social psychology. Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Psychology. They can also take part in a number of research projects.

2. Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

School Highlight: The faculty at Michigan State's organizational psychology program includes Frederick Leong, the Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research.

Michigan State University (MSU) is a 4-year public school that ranked first for its graduate industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology school in 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report. MSU's graduate program in industrial and organizational psychology leads to a Ph.D. Roughly 15-20 full-time students are accepted into this graduate program each year, which is overseen by eight main faculty members. Qualified graduates may find research positions with the government or major corporations, or pursue academic faculty positions.

3. Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

School Highlight: The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Penn State was developed by Dr. Bruce V. Moore, the first American to hold a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology.

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is a 4-year public school that placed 14th on the U.S. News & World Report list of top public schools for 2015. The university's graduate program leads to a Ph.D. and combines practical experience with research and coursework. Once enrolled, students attend seminars and complete a dissertation. Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of different settings, including academia, industry and the military.

Top Organizational Psychology Graduate Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Community partnerships provide students with real-world training Chicago, IL
New York University Offers a Master of Arts programs in industrial/organizational psychology New York, NY
Ohio University The faculty run numerous organizational psychology labs Athens, OH
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Close relationship with the University's School of Labor and Employment Relations and Human Resource Education Department Urbana, IL
University of Maryland - College Park Doctoral program focuses on elements of organizational psychology, social psychology, and decision sciences College Park, MD
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Offers six subdisciplines in organizational psychology Minneapolis, MN
University of South Florida Occupational Health Psychology training programs Tampa, FL
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