The rapidly changing business landscape of the 21st century has led to a growing demand for professionals with the psychology credentials to help improve employee performance, motivation and general well-being. Southern New Hampshire University's MS in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology prepares you to meet this challenge and solve such work-related issues as:
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With the master's in industrial-organizational psychology online, you’ll combine business practices and psychology to become an asset in the workplace. You'll complete the program with the skills to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in psychology at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
The online master’s in Psychology degree program requires individuals to have earned a BA/BS in Psychology or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and have completed undergraduate coursework in the following three areas:
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
This program does not prepare you for state licensure.
Designed to align to the standards and competencies of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the master's in industrial-organizational psychology online empowers you to serve as a change agent in many industries, including:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that demand for industrial-organizational psychologists will grow 19 percent through 2024*. The growth stems from senior managers recognizing that I-O psychologists can improve their business structure and increase revenue.
While the online master's in industrial psychology online degree does not lead to licensure or certification, courses are aligned with industry standards and provide the skills you need to apply psychology principles in businesses and organizations or pursue doctoral-level coursework.
The MS in Psychology curriculum offers a foundation of empathy, reflectivity, communication and collaboration and an appreciation for diverse perspectives. With the industrial-organizational psychology concentration, you'll learn to apply psychology research methods, findings and theories in real-world organizational contexts. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience.
In this course, students will learn 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 psychology.
In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process and data analysis by applying skills learned in Research Methods in Psychology I 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 psychology.
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.
Students will investigate topics in cognitive psychology, including memory, language, attention, learning, and decision-making. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of cognitive psychology to real world issues and problems.
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.
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.
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.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the M.S. in Psychology program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
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. Prerequisite: Completion of 18 credits in the program.
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.
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.
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-organizational issues and problems.
This coursework may be exempt based on undergraduate coursework.
The focus of this course is to enable students to develop a foundation of basic statistical literacy. Students will be able to assess the role of statistics in quantitative research and mixed methodologies, as well as develop the competency to perform basic statistical calculations. An awareness of the 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.
In this course, students will examine 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.
This course prepares students for graduate study in psychology, with a focus on honing and applying writing, analytical thinking, and critical reading skills. It provides an overview of the field of psychology as a science and a profession. Students evaluate the key concepts and theoretical perspectives that have shaped the field, as well as contemporary issues.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet at Psychologists (viewed online April 18, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.