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Explore our MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Human Resource Management specialization

In this specialization, you will examine and apply the science of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology in effective human resource management (HRM) practices in today’s diverse workplace. Integrating concepts in business, HRM, and I/O psychology, the program helps you gain the interdisciplinary knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings to influence and drive successful HRM strategies. You will then apply this knowledge to organizational activities such as talent selection and placement, employee motivation, training and development, performance appraisals, and organizational change and development.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Completion Requirements

  • 48 total 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 855-646-5286.


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. 

(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.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 6110I

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 6705

Organizational Behavior Performance and Evaluation

The focus of this organizational behavior and human capital development course is on organizational behavior, motivation, collaboration, and performance and evaluation of individuals and teams. Some of the questions that may be explored relate to how human resource managers motivate and build resiliency in their organizational culture. Students will also consider the influence of organizational structure behavior on individuals and teams, how behavior and motivation are impacted in a global virtual environment, and the impact of expert systems and artificial intelligence on the behavior of employees.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 6210I

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Students in this research course receive 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. 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 apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6715

Human Resource Strategy, Legal, and Ethical Considerations

In this course students focus on strategic planning that supports labor relations, succession planning, retention of both tacit and explicit knowledge, as well as the strategic role of information technology in human resources management. Students will also consider the regulatory requirements for global organizations as well as establishment of a positive social and ethical environment.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6725

Human Resource Talent Management

Managing organizational talent in the 21st century requires organizations to fully engage their workforce to optimize motivation, commitment, and productivity. Leadership and management of the organizational talent strategy to optimize use of global talent is a current organizational necessity, which requires talent management leaders to consider new workforce strategies for selection, recruitment, and retention of the workforce. Topics to be considered include information technology impact on talent management, recognition and reward systems, compensation and benefits, as well as the need to engage an agile workforce.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6393


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.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 48 total quarter credit hours $535 per quarter hour $25,680
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $800

TOTAL $26,480

Transfer up to 20 credits $11,020

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $15,460

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500.

†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.


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 a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admissions 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.



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