Course Work Based on Professional Competencies
Focus on the real-world contexts in which psychology research methods, findings and theories have practical applications with SNHU’s 12-course, 36-credit Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree curriculum. The MS in Psychology: Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration was designed to align with I-O competencies and standards defined by the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology:
- Core Psychological Domains
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Fields of Psychology
- Core Psychological Domains
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Data Collection and Analysis Skills
- Statistical Methods/Data Analysis
- Core Industrial-Organizational Domains
- Ethical, Legal, and Professional Contexts
- Measurement of Individual Differences
- Criterion Theory and Development
- Job and Task Analysis
- Employee Selection, Placement, and Classification
- Performance Appraisal and Feedback
- Training: Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation
- Work Motivation
- Attitude Theory
- Small Group Theory and Process
- Organization Theory
- Organizational Development
Students in our psychology degree courses will develop subject matter expertise, empathy, reflectivity, communication, collaboration, and an appreciation for alternative perspectives as a fundamental part of the course work.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Curriculum Outcomes:
- Adapt psychological theories and methods for their appropriate and effective application in industrial-organizational settings.
- Design, develop and evaluate performance and training initiatives that adhere to best practices of industrial-organizational psychology and effectively address the unique needs and goals of organizations.
Courses in SNHU's online I-O psychology degree program enables graduates to:
- Advocate for and extend psychology’s role and responsibility in promoting agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Adapt to shifting demands and ill-structured problems by critically evaluating the relevance, priority, and appropriateness of various information and potential courses of action.
- Design, conduct and evaluate research through the lens of its potential to advance knowledge in psychology as well as the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Integrate psychological theories, methods and research to generate new knowledge and promote agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Incorporate empathy, reflectivity and an appreciation for collaboration and diversity of perspectives into efforts to promote agency and the psychological wellbeing of individuals, communities, and organizations.
- Protect the integrity and professional responsibility of psychology through the demonstration of ethical comportment in all aspects of the profession.
The MS in Psychology: Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration is not a licensure program and does not prepare students to become licensed psychology professionals. Courses prepare students effectively for doctoral-level course work should they decide to pursue a licensure path.
MS in Psychology: Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration Required Courses
PSY-510: Research Methods in Psychology I
In this course, students will have the opportunity to incorporate the methods commonly used in psychological research. As part of these methods, students learn how to gather and analyze data across a variety of settings. These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in cognitive psychology.
PSY-520: Research Methods in Psychology II
In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process and data analysis by applying skills learned in PSY 510 and building on them with new skills and techniques including advanced research design and use/interpretation of higher-level statistical tests (ANOVA, regression, etc.). These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in cognitive psychology.
PSY-530: Advanced Social Psychology
This course expands on the student's knowledge of social psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary social psychology issues and research related to people's interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to conformity, obedience, identity, and attitudes that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of social psychology to real world issues and problems.
PSY-540: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
This course expands on the student's knowledge of cognitive psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary cognitive psychology issues and research related to people's mental processes and how these impact their interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to memory, language, attention, learning, and decision-making that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of cognitive psychology to real world issues and problems.
PSY-550: Measurement and Assessment
In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and apply psychometric techniques commonly used in psychology. This course will instruct students on measurement techniques and strategies for psychological purposes, as well as the analysis and assessment of gathered data.
PSY-510 and PSY-520
PSY-560: Theories of Personality
This course will emphasize contemporary theories, research, and approaches in personality psychology, connecting these to classic theorists such as Freud as well as other historical traditions and perspectives. The past and present impact of these theories within the ever-changing field of psychology will be explored, as well as the impact they have on culturally diverse clients and special populations.
PSY-570: Ethical Practice in Psychology
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of ethical practice within the field of psychology. Topics include experimentation, confidentiality, respect, resolving ethical dilemmas, professional standards of conduct, and the psychology of ethical behavior.
PSY-612: Motivation in the Workplace
This course will cover the psychological theories of motivation and their relevance to the workplace and wider field of industrial organizational psychology. Students will explore factors that motivate individuals in organizational settings, strategies to identify motivation problems, and ways to address those issues using psychological techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of motivational theories to affect change for diverse populations.
PSY-614: Psychology of Leadership
This course combines theory and practice to address contemporary issues and connects them to psychological theories in the field of organizational leadership. It will utilize research, case studies, and real-world situations to illustrate how psychological practices can be used in assessing and improving leadership in organizations. Students will construct a foundation for their personal leadership style with the understanding that it can and should evolve over time.
PSY-616: Organizational Consulting
This course will explore the relevant skills needed for a successful organizational consultation by an industrial organizational psychologist. Students will examine the process for diagnosing an organization using psychological methods (measurement), developing a strategy to address any issues (assessment), and practically carrying out that plan (application). Emphasis will be given to the need for ethical standards and the importance of professional responsibility in consulting.
PSY-618: Seminar in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
This course is a culmination of the student's work in industrial organizational psychology. It will bring together the skills learned in the previous courses and requires that students demonstrate their proficiency in the areas of motivation, organizational leadership, and consulting. Therefore, students will synthesize information to develop a more sophisticated and integrated approach to industrial-organizatinal issues and problems.
PSY-790: Capstone in Psychology
This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on contemporary issues in the student's chosen specialization in psychology. This course focuses on helping students produce a research proposal on their chosen subject as a culmination of their studies in this graduate program.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
SCS-501: Foundations in Statistics
The focus of this course is to develop a foundation of basic statistical literacy in students. Students will be able to assess the role of statistics in quantitative research, and mixed methodology as well as develop the competency to perform basic statistical calculations. An awareness of the changing relationship between computation and interpretation will be addressed. Students will focus on the analysis of real-world data and research situations to illustrate the process of interpreting the meaning underlying the data, and how statistics can be utilized to address important questions.
SCS-502: Foundations in Research Methods
In this course, students will examine both the theoretical and applied aspects of research methods and experimental design at the graduate level, which includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that are commonly utilized in social science research. Students will investigate procedures used to gather and analyze data and acquire real-world skills required to design and conduct research in future courses.