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.
Through Mursion, meet with “clients” in real-time VR scenarios. Practice skills in realistic situations you’ll encounter in the workplace.
Be mentored—and inspired—by highly qualified faculty who bring real-world insights to the classroom.
Discover how to administer assessments. Learn to evaluate results and deliver feedback—key skills for an I/O practitioner.
In the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization, you can pursue the academic requirements and coaching experience required for the BCC exam.
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Two Ways to Learn
Choose from two degree completion options.
The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.
Tempo Competency-Based Learning™ is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.
Gain the business perspectives and specialized I/O expertise to step into the field of organizational and professional development consulting.
Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) exam through 100% virtual curriculum and training.
This specialization is a blend of competencies required for both HR practitioners and I/O psychology practitioners.
Deepen your knowledge of workplace and organizational behavior to help create work environments in which employees and organizations can reach their full potential.
This option is ideal if you want maximum flexibility to design a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.
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.
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.
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.
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
Being a military spouse, a traditional brick-and-mortar education was not a viable option. I needed a program that would move with me.
Samantha Farone MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Graduate
My Walden journey was an awakening and validation of the strength and determination that lie within.
Glynis Ilyas MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Graduate
FAQ About Walden’s Online MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program
When you earn your master’s degree online, you can benefit from the same knowledge and mentorship you would expect from a traditional university, in a flexible format that allows you to better balance your personal and professional obligations. Online degree programs also allow you to complete your coursework from anywhere. It is important to note that not all online degree programs are the same. Walden University builds its programs specifically for online learning and has been a leader in distance education for more than 50 years.
Industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Psychologists apply science-based principles and methods of psychology to identify issues and solve problems in business. As an I/O psychologist, you will be prepared to address important issues in a range of settings, including organizations, colleges, and universities, as well as working as an independent consultant. You will have the ability to apply principles of psychology to problems in diverse work areas while becoming a catalyst for organizational change. With your I/O psychology degree, your areas of influence may include policy planning, employee testing and selection, employee training and development, organizational development and analysis, and assessment and improvement of worker productivity.
Walden University MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology students can choose from six specializations, including a Self-Designed option. The other specializations are Evidence-Based Coaching, Human Resource Management, Consulting Psychology, General Practice, and International Business. The program with a General Practice specialization can be completed in either a course-based or competency-based format, allowing you to choose a pace that works best for you as you gain a broad understanding of the field. The Self-Designed option gives you the opportunity to design a program that most closely matches your personal and professional goals.
Walden University is a CCE-approved provider of Board Certified Coach (BCC) training through the Evidence-Based Coaching specializations found in both the MS in I/O Psychology and PhD in I/O Psychology degree programs.1 By choosing the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization, you will be able to complete the required training and requisite hours required sit for the BCC examination.
There are a variety of courses you might take as you earn your degree, and the focus of your program will depend largely on the specialization you choose. However, at Walden there are some courses you can expect to take no matter what MS in I/O Psychology focus area you select. For instance, Psychology of Organizational Behavior is a foundation course in which students examine the application of behavioral theories and models in a variety of workplace settings. Students will also explore individual, group, and organizational behavior, as well as topics that center on the differences in employee motivation and job satisfaction; team building; and organizational leadership, design, culture, and development.