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Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Workplace Knowledge is Powerful

Industrial/Organizational Psychology—or I/O Psychology—is the scientific study of working, and the application of that science, to the workplace issues facing individuals, teams and organizations. This program helps prepare you for a career to work in industry, government and consulting organizations.

The Master of Science in I/O Psychology applies scientific methods to investigate issues of critical significance to individuals, businesses and society. Through these various methods, I/O psychologists advance the science of work, leading to smarter and more innovative evidence-based tools and solutions. This master’s program provides you with coursework related to personnel psychology, organizational behavior, research design and statistics analysis.

Throughout the program, you will have an opportunity to synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of I/O psychology. At the end of the program, you will have the option of completing an internship where you will demonstrate professional competencies and communication skills reflecting the knowledge, critical thinking, sensitivity to ethics and diversity, along with an appreciation of research acquired through the program, and applying it to real life situations.

The curriculum for our Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology was developed in accordance with and meets the Guidelines for Education and Training in I/O Psychology as outlined by the American Psychological Association’s Division 14 Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology through written communication
  • Appraise research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of I/O psychology
  • Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration, or practice of I/O psychology
  • Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of I/O psychology
  • Examine diversity issues in the context of I/O psychology

Career Potential*

  • College Professor / Instructor
  • Human Resources / Labor Relations Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs, and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.