Be a catalyst for shaping strong, resilient organizations with a master’s in I/O psychology from Walden.

Employers face an array of new challenges in the 21st-century workplace. Help them respond innovatively to these challenges with a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Walden. Contribute to your organization’s success, effectiveness, and bottom line through coursework grounded in practical application.

Why Pursue Your MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology With Walden?

  • Gain practical experience in virtual reality simulations: Through Mursion, meet with “clients” in real-time VR scenarios. Practice skills in realistic situations you’ll encounter in the workplace.
  • Learn from experienced, knowledgeable I/O practitioners: Be mentored—and inspired—by highly qualified faculty who bring real-world insights to the classroom.
  • Develop critical assessment skills: Discover how to administer assessments in areas such as emotional intelligence. Learn to evaluate results and deliver feedback—key skills for an I/O practitioner.
  • Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) exam: In the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization, you can pursue the academic requirements and coaching experience required for the BCC exam.

You’ve Got Options

Choose from two learning formats in the General Practice specialization of our master’s in industrial and organizational psychology program.


If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.


If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace and on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you.


General Practice


Build the foundational skills needed to launch a career as an I/O psychology practitioner. This specialization is aligned with the recommended areas of competence outlined by the Guidelines for Education and Training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

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Build Skills That Set You Apart

In one of the first MS in Psychology programs offered online, you can prepare to pursue career opportunities in various settings—or lay the foundation for your doctorate. Go beyond psychology theory and research to hone the professional skills that employers value. These include written communication, social awareness, cross-cultural competence, and evidence-based decision making.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Psychology program will be prepared to:

  • Describe the foundations of psychology.
  • Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations, such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.
  • Interpret psychological theory and research.
  • Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  • Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.
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Your Degree. Your Future.

You already have the drive to succeed. Walden has the resources to help you get there. Learn from practicing I/O psychology experts while receiving exceptional student support designed to help you move your career forward.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for industrial and organizational psychology practitioners are expected to surge 13% through 2028.1 Earning your I/O psychology master’s degree can position you as a highly desirable job candidate, whether you’re seeking a promotion or new career opportunities.

Find Your Opportunity in a Dynamic Field

With a master’s in I/O psychology from Walden, you can play a key role in an organization’s ability to compete, grow, and thrive in a changing work landscape. Potential career roles include vice president, director, manager, principal, or consultant in the areas of:

  • Organizational development / effectiveness / capability
  • Workforce insights
  • Human resources / human resources research / employee relations
  • Training and development / coaching and development / leadership development
  • Selection systems
  • Evaluation and assessment / testing
  • Leadership research
  • Applied behavioral research

You can also pursue the role of community college faculty, teaching the subjects of industrial and organizational psychology, organizational psychology, industrial psychology, work psychology, (general) psychology, management, organizational behavior, and industrial relations.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology degree program.

Elevate Your Earning Potential

Earning your I/O psychology master’s degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for industrial and organizational psychology practitioners was $97,260 in May 2018.1

Fast Facts

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Jobs for social and human services professionals are expected to grow by 13% through 2028—much faster than the national average.1
The median annual wage for industrial and organizational psychology practitioners in May 2018, according to the BLS.1


Sonya Walker

Sonya Walker

MS in Psychology Graduate

I have recommended Walden to several colleagues over the years. The flexibility that Walden offers is great and it’s respected for its accreditation.

No other school would have enabled me to complete my degree, be a mother, and travel in and out of the country as a working professional.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.
William Ragan MS and PhD Program Graduate
William Ragan
Linnaya Graf MPH & PhD in Public Health Graduate / MS in Psychology Student
Linnaya Graf
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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

Note on Licensure:
The MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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