Kaplan University

Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program includes a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology for individuals who want an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the discipline while preparing to improve workplace environments. Learn more about the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program aims to prepare employed professionals to apply psychological principles in business settings. The Kaplan University program is designed to allow participants to study employees, workplaces, and organizational behavior. It consists of core and specialization courses that are designed to impart advanced knowledge and improve students' professional, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills. In addition to contemporary organizational theories and industrial leadership strategies, enrollees will have opportunities to explore methods for increasing job satisfaction and motivating employees. Human resource management and training and development are other intended areas of emphasis. Students in this program may pursue a thesis track or comprehensive exam track.

Learning Format:


Program Length / Total Credits Required:

65 or 70 credits, depending on track. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Psychology With a Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • PS 501: Foundations of Professional Psychology (5 credits)
  • MM 570: Applied Statistics for Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 504: Advanced Research Methods (5 credits)
  • PS 505: Testing, Measurement, and Assessment (5 credits)
  • PS 506: Life Span Development (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • PS 502: Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology (5 credits)
    • PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts (5 credits)
  • The following courses are required for the thesis track:
    • PS 601: Master's Research and Thesis I (5 credits)
    • PS 602: Master's Research and Thesis II (5 credits)
  • The following is required for the comprehensive exam track:
    • PS 600: Comprehensive Exam (5 credits)

Industrial / Organizational Psychology Specialization Courses

  • PS 540: Industrial/Organizational Theory and Development (5 credits)
  • PS 541: Organizational Management and Behavior (5 credits)
  • PS 542: Workplace Motivation and Attitudes (5 credits)
  • PS 543: Organizational Leadership - Management, Training, and Evaluation (5 credits)
  • PS 544: Human Resources Management (5 credits)
  • PS 545: Industrial/Organizational Practicum (5 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Successful graduates could be prepared to carry out job functions such as selecting staff, designing employee surveys, and creating training programs. They might apply their competencies across many areas and industries.* These could include:

  • Organizational development
  • Talent management
  • Employee relations
  • Leadership development
  • Human resources
  • Education
  • Criminal justice†
  • Marketing
  • Government
  • Advertising

Career options include but are not limited to:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Consultant
  • Academic

*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

†Additional academy training and education may be required for law enforcement positions.