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Be a catalyst for shaping strong, resilient organizations

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 Walden

Virtual Reality Simulations

Through Mursion, meet with “clients” in real-time VR scenarios. Practice skills in realistic situations you’ll encounter in the workplace.

Expert Faculty

Be mentored—and inspired—by highly qualified faculty who bring real-world insights to the classroom.

Develop Critical Skills

Learn about assessments. Discover how to evaluate results and deliver feedback—key skills for an I/O practitioner.

BCC Preparation

In the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization, you can pursue the academic requirements and coaching experience required for the BCC exam.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive your Foundations Course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Details

Curriculum - General Practice

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 48 quarter credits

This represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, contact an Enrollment Specialist at 855-643-4779.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

The 11-week courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence below.

IPSY 6002

Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students build a foundation for academic and professional success as social change agents. They assess the relationship of Walden's mission and vision to professional goals. They establish connections with their peers and the broader Walden community. Students engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of scholarly writing, critical-thinking skills, academic integrity, ethics, and the promotion of professional and academic excellence within the field of psychology.

(3 cr.)
IPSY 6200

Themes and Theories of I/O Psychology

In this course, students are introduced to theories, research, and themes that form the tenets of psychology. Basic theoretical models will be reviewed, including psychodynamic, cognitive, developmental, social learning/socio-cognitive, behaviorist, learning and motivation, systems, biopsychosocial, and gender theories. Theories encompassing diverse populations, including cross-cultural and feminist theories, will also be examined. Students will critically examine the strengths and limitations of these theories and their utility in the field of psychology. Contemporary themes in psychology will be explored, with an emphasis on application of theories designed to effect positive social change. 

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6480

Psychology of Organizational Behavior

Students in this course examine the application of behavioral theories in organizational settings. The focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include individual differences in employee motivation and job satisfaction, group development, team building, organizational leadership, and organizational design, culture, and development. Students acquire a broad knowledge base in organizational psychology, its research, and its applications. 

Prerequisites

  • IPSY 6200

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6214

Consulting for Organizational Change

Organizational and professional development (OPD) professionals promote and implement organizational change by using fundamental techniques of change management. Students in this course examine and apply these tools, including consulting competencies, approaches, and organizational change models to learn the skills of an OPD consultant. Students explore methods for accelerating individual, group, and organizational performance through consulting, coaching, and change management. They also explore related topics, such as organizational assessment; team development; strategic planning; group dynamics; power, politics, and influence; leadership; and conflict management. Students apply course concepts to the assessment of an organization and the development of strategies to address identified needs for change.

Prerequisites

  • IPSY 6200

(5 cr.)
RSCH 6110

Research Theory, Design, and Methods

In this research course, students are provided with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the graduate level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the role of theory, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs and data collection methods are introduced. The alignment of research components is emphasized. Students also explore ethical and social change implications of designing and conducting research. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing an annotated bibliography.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6755

Leadership and Leader Development

Effective leadership requires the ability to facilitate positive change, lead others in efforts to effect similar change, and work through challenges when met with resistance to change. Students in this course are provided with an extensive overview of leadership theories. Students explore definitions of leadership, major theoretical leadership models, and contextual and situational factors related to leadership and change. Students also examine various perspectives on leadership and the role of leadership in the achievement of organizational, group, and team goals. Students engage in practical assignments and discussions, focusing on effective leadership issues and practices during the process of organizational change.

Prerequisites

  • IPSY 6200

(5 cr.)
RSCH 6210

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Students in this research course build core knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding data analysis and applying statistical concepts. Students explore classical quantitative research designs and common statistical tests, the importance of quality assurance, and ethical and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. In this course, students approach statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design. Students use statistical software to calculate statistics and interpret and present results. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6706

Ethics and Standards of Industrial Organizational Psychology

Students in this course examine the origins of professional codes of ethics and standards of scientific psychology. Topics include ethical issues in academics (research, teaching, supervision), various work settings (assessment, consulting), and ethics involved in working with diverse populations. Additionally, students are introduced to forensic psychology and ethical issues related to the legal system. Students also explore how cultural factors are addressed in various ethical codes and the implications for scholar-practitioners.

Prerequisites

  • IPSY 6200

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6754

Personnel Psychology in the Workplace

In this course, students explore the application of psychological theory and practice to human resources activities in organizations. They examine related topics, including job analysis and design, employee selection and placement, training and development, performance management and appraisal, and legal and ethical considerations in human resources management. Through a group project case study, students research, assess, and share critical issues in personnel psychology. They also demonstrate their ability to conduct effective research and review literature through a final research paper on a topic of interest related to course content and theory.

Prerequisites

  • IPSY 6200

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6393

Capstone

Students are provided with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their program into a practical project designed to promote positive social change in a capstone project. During this course, students work on a capstone project in which they complete a major integrative paper on a topic related to their specialization, incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge as well as social scientific research skills acquired throughout the program. The instructor may approve other capstone projects presented by students.

Prerequisites

  • All prior coursework

(5 cr.)
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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

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FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive your Foundations Course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 13, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Specializations

General Practice

Build the foundational skills needed to launch a career as an I/O psychology practitioner.

Consulting Psychology

Gain the business perspectives and specialized I/O expertise to step into the field of organizational and professional development consulting.

Evidence-Based Coaching

Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) exam through 100% virtual curriculum and training.

Human Resource Management

This specialization is a blend of competencies required for both HR practitioners and I/O psychology practitioners.

International Business

Deepen your knowledge of workplace and organizational behavior to help create work environments in which employees and organizations can reach their full potential.

Self-Designed

This option is ideal if you want maximum flexibility to design a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Program Outcomes

Help Build Better Organizations

With an I/O psychology master’s from Walden, you’ll be ready to confront the challenges of today’s global workplace and serve as a change agent for organizations across all industries. Explore issues of critical importance to employees, businesses, and society—such as workplace readiness, performance management, and work-life balance. Prepare for real-world practice through actionable learning and instruction from faculty who are active professionals in the I/O psychology field.

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


Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program, you will be prepared to:

  • Describe behavior using current theory and research in industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Articulate the uniqueness of the industrial/organizational psychology specialization including the history specific to this specialization.
  • Discuss how key industrial and organizational issues impact organizations (i.e., issues such as selection, performance management, performance measurement, job analysis, individual behavior, leadership, motivation, organizational culture, work teams, and/or job attitudes).
  • Explain the principles of basic research methods.
  • Appropriately summarize the role of research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Apply ethical organizational intervention practices.
  • Appropriately select effective organizational interventions based on empirical evidence.
  • Summarize the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior.
  • Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning.
  • Engage in practices that result in positive social change.

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