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

Jul 17, 2018

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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In organizational psychology programs, students learn how to use research methods and psychological principles to increase productivity and reorganize the work place. Graduate training programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels. Let's profile some top schools, including an Ivy League institution, two public universities, and a professional school. Three of these schools earned high rankings from U.S. News & World Report in its most recent survey. The fourth is notable for its specialized focus on the field of psychology.

Columbia University - New York, NY

Columbia University, an Ivy League school and one of the oldest colleges in the U.S., placed fifth of all national universities on the U.S. News & World Report in 2017. 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. The faculty of Columbia's Social-Organizational Psychology program have an extensive array of relevant research interests, including counseling psychology, business management, and organizational behavior.

MSU - East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University (MSU) is a four-year public school that ranked first for graduate industrial and organizational psychology schools in 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university offers a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational and Psychology. 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. The faculty includes Frederick Leong, the Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research.

Penn State - University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University, also known as Penn State, is a four-year public school that placed 14th in top public schools on the U.S. News & World Report in 2017. 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 and Organizational Psychology. The 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.

The Chicago School - Chicago, IL

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with an optional concentration in human resources. Over the course of the program, students take courses in a wide variety of topics, including hiring, training, leadership, performance evaluation, and motivation. All students complete two internships, and a thesis track is available. Community partnerships provide students with real-world training.

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These schools also offer outstanding organizational psychology graduate programs.

College/University Name Distinction Location
New York University Offers a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; alumni have consulted for JP Morgan Chase, Jetblue, Metlife, and American Express, among others New York, NY
Ohio University The faculty run numerous organizational psychology labs Athens, OH
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign The program has a 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 sub-disciplines in organizational psychology Minneapolis, MN
University of South Florida Provides Occupational Health Psychology training programs Tampa, FL

Graduate programs that cover organizational psychology provide students with advanced education in the psychology-related aspects of business. Relevant programs are available at well-regarded universities and professional schools.

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