Industrial Organizational Psychology Graduate Programs

Graduate degree programs in industrial/organizational psychology are fairly common and are available in a variety of flexible formats. Compare and contrast a few of the available program types and their requirements.

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Master's and doctoral degree programs are available in industrial/organizational psychology and are often available in on-campus and online formats. These programs usually include various opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in the field. Learn about the differences between three types of graduate degrees in industrial/organizational psychology.

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Types of Graduate Programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Master of Science (MS) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree programs are usually full-time programs, but may be available in online formats. These programs are usually around 30 credits, may include a thesis and typically offer an optional internship experience for hands-on learning experience. These programs can be completed in as little as 20 months and usually provide students with a range of research opportunities throughout the program. Some required course topics for these programs may include statistics, organizational psychology, research methods and human resource development.

Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree programs are available on-campus and online. These programs can be taken full-time or part-time, which may also include evening courses for flexibility, and may offer unique learning opportunities to students, such as a program emphasis in social justice and inclusion or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) option. Students can complete these MA programs in 2 years and usually gain hands-on experience through a community engagement project, capstone course, internship or thesis. These programs may require 36 to 37 credits and may include courses in subjects like group dynamics/theory, problem solving, training, job attitudes and organizational theory.

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs are available in on-campus, online and hybrid formats. Some of these programs may offer additional areas of concentration, such as international business, human resource management, consulting psychology, general practice or evidence-based coaching. These programs generally require a dissertation and provide students with various research and project opportunities and practicum experiences for hands-on learning. Courses for these programs can vary greatly based on a student's concentration and/or research interests, but may include core courses in topics such as research methods, I/O psychology themes, analysis, ethics and leadership.

Common Entrance Requirements

Most graduate programs in industrial/organizational psychology prefer if applicants hold a bachelor's degree in the field of psychology, but may require students who do not have a background in the field to take prerequisite coursework in areas like statistics, research methods or psychology, and/or the GRE's psychology subject test. However, for most applicants only general GRE scores are necessary, and some schools may have specific GRE score requirements and/or specific GPA requirements for admission. Usually these programs require students to submit their official transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation with their application. Some programs may also ask for a personal statement and/or resume.

Students can pursue an MS, MA or PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology on-campus or online. These programs allow students to participate in various research and hands-on learning experiences and provide different areas of emphasis or specialization, especially at the doctoral level.

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