Industrial Organizational Psychology

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology post-master’s certificate is intended for individuals who would like to apply the principles of I/O psychology in business and organizational settings. You will explore application of theory and research to organizational and human resource management issues, and evaluate current models and theories used in industrial organizational psychology. You will also familiarize yourself with statistics; the construction, administration and interpretation of personality, aptitude and cognition assessments; and how to effectively lead and develop teams.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This overview course focuses on the wide variety of topics found within the field of I/O psychology such as employee selection, training & development, job analysis, and motivation. Key theories, recent research and innovative applications within the field will be addressed.


Human Communication- Interviewing Skills

This doctoral-level course assists students in developing an understanding of the process of communication and the skills related to affecting the change process. It includes theory, practice and application. An emphasis is placed on the counseling interview and the developing personhood of the client and the counselor.


Life Coaching

This doctoral-level course outlines the profession of life coaching and is designed for individuals who have taken previous upper level courses in psychology and are interested in understanding the fundamentals of the coaching profession. During this course, students review coaching ethics, standards, interview skills, communication, strategies and tools, motivation and inspiration, problem solving, goal setting, and life design. This course is ideal for individuals who are interested in completing a full certified coaching program.


Organizational Training and Development

This course provides an in-depth look at how organizations train and develop associates. Topics include how training content is developed, how content relates to organizational strategy, the importance of needs assessment, effective training evaluation, and appropriate instructional methods. Fundamental psychological theories impacting organizational training and development are highlighted.


Leadership and Management

In this course, students will gain an appreciation of leadership and how it differs from management. Students will approach these topics through a review of literature. Self-assessment on key leadership scales will help the student understand their own profile as leaders, as well as gain additional insight in the characteristics of leaders.


Consulting in Business, Education, and Health

Consulting in schools, businesses, and mental health settings requires an array of personal skills, knowledge and information, and techniques. In this course you will learn how to develop the personal skills and understanding of consulting to give you a basis to develop a successful consulting program.

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 NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • 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.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

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Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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