Industrial Organizational Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology
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With more than 50% job growth projected in the next decade, this is a leading area of psychology to study. The Master’s in Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology develops your ability to apply research to organizational and human resource management issues. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will learn to apply psychological theories to critical issues in today’s business and industry fields. You’ll become adept at small group theory and team processes, dynamics of leadership and management, and the structure and procedures of organizational development. The application of tests and measurements, and the interpretation of their results as applied to employee selection, performance appraisals, and training evaluations, are additional skills you will learn in this specialization.

General Degree Requirements

The master's degree requires a total of 36 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the bachelor's degree.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the master's degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

All master's degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through Northcentral.
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of "B") or higher.
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.
  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral allows five years to complete all 36 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred in.

Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limit are dismissed. Students who believe they have extenuating circumstances may document the circumstances in a request for special consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to this policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This course focuses on how psychological principles are applied in work settings. Current models, theories, and research in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology will be explored. The role of attitude and motivation, as well as group factors and leadership in forming a social context for work will also be addressed.


Applied Statistics

This course introduces the graduate student to the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts and helping students to understand statistical methodologies used in psychology, and, more generally, to develop a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.


Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This course introduces the student to the basic theories, applications, and issues of psychological testing and assessment. It reviews the history and ethics of tests and measurements in Industrial Psychology. Job analysis, performance appraisal, and employee selection will be examined, as well as the merits of personality and vocational testing.


Small Group Theory and Team Processes

This course examines the small group and team processes in the workplace. Topics include team development, effectively leading teams, the establishment of group norms and goals, group problem solving and decision making, and resolving group conflict. Both research and application of concepts are highlighted.


Capstone Course: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Capstone course in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is an opportunity to demonstrate a range of professional competencies and communication skills, reflecting the knowledge, critical thinking, sensitivity to ethics and diversity, and appreciation of research that has been acquired during the MA program. The Capstone course culminates in a review of the evidence based practices related to a specific issue in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MAPSY costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $752
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,256
  • Program cost: $27,422
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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