Advance your career and contribute to the success of your organization as you deepen your understanding of employee behavior and attitudes and discover techniques for improving individual and organizational performance with a master’s in I/O psychology.

As one of the first master’s degree programs in (I/O) psychology offered online, our MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is designed to meet the growing demand for I/O practitioners within corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and other types of organizations.1

In this online I/O psychology master’s program, you can prepare to address the challenges of the 21st-century workplace and serve as a catalyst for change and improvement in business, industry, labor, public, academic, community, and health-related organizations. Explore the latest theories and research in I/O psychology and gain the skills to select the best people for specific job roles while understanding how individual behavior affects an organization overall.

Throughout your online I/O psychology master’s program, you will examine topics including assessment, selection, performance management, motivation, work attitudes, leadership, and organizational behavior and development so you can create work environments that maximize effectiveness and increase productivity.

You may be able to accelerate your educational path by applying up to 40 credits toward Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this master’s in I/O psychology program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe behavior using current theory and research in industrial and organizational psychology.
  2. Articulate the uniqueness of the industrial/organizational psychology specialization including the history specific to this specialization.
  3. 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).
  4. Explain the principles of basic research methods.
  5. Appropriately summarize the role of research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
  6. Apply ethical organizational intervention practices.
  7. Appropriately select effective organizational interventions based on empirical evidence.
  8. Summarize the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior.
  9. Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning.
  10. Engage in practices that result in positive social change.

Career Impact

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industrial and organizational psychology is projected to grow 8% between 2016 and 2026.2

As a graduate of Walden’s MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, your career options may include:

  • Consultant
  • Employee development consultant or trainer
  • I/O practitioner
  • Organizational consultant
  • Human resources manager or consultant
  • Researcher
  • Project coordinator or manager
  • Instructor at a community college
  • Health project coordinator
  • Data analyst or manager

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

Testimonials

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
Tomica Buford MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
Tomica Buford

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Industrial-Organizational Psychologists. National job growth forecasts may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists. National job growth estimates 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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