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Business Psychology Degree Online Industrial Organizational Psychology Concentration

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Register By: March 02 Classes Start: March 04

Succeed with a Business Psychology Degree

  • $330/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Programmatically accredited by ACBSP
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Learn from professionals working in the field
  • Explore a pathway to IOP through business admin or psychology

Online Business Psychology Degree Concentration Overview

Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology goes beyond the typical psychology degree. You'll explore the psychological theories and models surrounding leadership and motivation as they apply to employee engagement. Throughout the concentration, you begin to develop the kind of skills needed to analyze organizations from an I/O psychological lens and propose possible interventions that may improve work environments.

This degree provides a unique blend of psychology and business courses to help you develop skills to solve individual, group and organizational problems and to influence organizational change.

Because of the unique blend of psychology and business, this specialized I/O psychology concentration is available to students enrolled in both the BS in Business Administration degree and the BA in Psychology degree. You can choose which core major suits your career goals while still maintaining the ability to explore your I/O psychology interests.

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What You'll Learn

  • Develop business management approaches that align with organizational philosophies
  • Help build collaborative relationships with diverse teams
  • Recommend strategic and creative business options using data
  • Apply psychological research and theories to inform approaches to leadership, motivation and employee engagement

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

Dr. Barbara Lesniak, who helps oversee the I-O psychology degree concentration as executive director of social sciences at SNHUThe Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology “familiarizes students with important concepts in psychology and shows how those concepts directly relate to the business world,” said Dr. Barbara Lesniak, executive director of social sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.

In this degree and concentration, you will learn to examine workplace processes and employees’ individual working styles. You'll gain the skills necessary to use this information to increase productivity and worker satisfaction. This is the foundation that professionals in the field of industrial-organizational psychology use to solve problems in the workplace.

"My degree has taught me information that is needed in the real world," said SNHU graduate Shelbi Sniff '20. "Other universities tend to be a little behind in the times on what they are teaching. There is usually a gap between what people learn in school and what they actually need to know in order to be successful in their career field. SNHU bridges that gap by pioneering new, innovative education methods that tie into real-world scenarios."

According to Sniff, the program empowered her to improve her company culture in a meaningful way.

And that wasn't the only benefit.

"This degree has allowed me to be a better leader/team member within the company I work for," she said.

This concentration is particularly useful for managers and human resources personnel. With that in mind, some areas of focus include addressing human resource and managerial functions including hiring practices, staff management, and training and development. Professionals with an industrial-organizational psychology concentration also help shape and implement strategic plans within organizations.

Dr. Melissa Oleshansky, adjunct psychology instructor at SNHU.“Industrial-organizational psychology is [one of] the fastest growing and most sought-after psychology careers today,” said Dr. Melissa Oleshansky, adjunct instructor of psychology at SNHU. “With the current challenges of the economy, the expertise of someone with industrial-organizational knowledge can help businesses manage change and remain competitive.”

By earning an industrial organizational psychology concentration online, you'll build a solid educational foundation that can prepare you to improve organizational performance and productivity in any company or organization, big or small, public or private.

While the industrial organization psychology concentration does not qualify graduates to become a psychologist, it does provide the foundation to move on to graduate or doctoral studies.

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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2032, 5% growth is predicted for HR managers, and training and development managers expect 6% growth.1

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In 2022, the median annual wage across all management occupations was $107,360, human resources managers was $130,000, and training and development managers was $120,000.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

The industrial-organizational psychology concentration develops skills important to managing individuals and groups in the workplace, with roles such as:

Human Resources Manager

Plan and manage your organization’s workforce. Ensure fair and legal hiring practices and design and deliver onboarding and other trainings.

Social and Community Service Manager

Coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being. Work with nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service companies or government agencies.

Training and Development Manager

Design training programs, write or revise training manuals, create course content and other materials for training programs and design surveys to ensure that training methods are effective.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Business Psychology Degree Concentration

Become a Cultural Conduit for Your CompanyShelbi Sniff, who earned her online business psychology degree concentration in 2020 from SNHU.

Shelbi Sniff ’20

"I want to help maintain and make the culture at my company even more genuine, positive and fun. In order to curate a great culture within an organization, you have to first understand the people that make up that organization."

Courses & Curriculum

Along with gaining a strong business foundation in marketing, operations, accounting and finance, in the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology program online, you'll learn the key concepts of psychology, including scientific investigation, motivation, personality, intelligence, behavioral deviation, perception, learning and development. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience in related fields.

The concentration in industrial-organizational psychology “integrates theories, research, case studies and practical examples to examine various workplace issues and important concepts like motivation, team dynamics and supporting high employee performance,” said Dr. Barbara Lesniak, executive director of social sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.

This business psychology degree includes 4 main curriculum components:

  • General education (42 credits)
  • Business core courses (30 credits)
  • Concentration courses (15 credits)
  • Free electives (33 credits)

Together, the 120 credits that make up your business psychology degree can prepare you for a career in business, a graduate degree in business or psychology, or all of the above. With 33 free electives (the equivalent of 11 courses), the possibilities to customize your degree to your interests and career goals are numerous.

Our curriculum is designed with you in mind. The general education courses, such as writing, statistics and economics often align with many other associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs across the nation. If you haven’t already taken them, you will need to complete courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and applied statistics as part of the general education requirements.

The business core courses are designed to provide a strong foundation in financial, management and analytical skills that can help you be successful in any career field you choose.

You'll take business core courses such as:

  • Financial Accounting: Learn about the accounting cycle, and how to prepare financial documents in accordance with best practices and industry regulations. Communication skills and analytical skills are emphasized in this course.
  • Business Law: Examine the background and foundation of the legal system in the United States and how it relates to business management. Topics such as torts, contracts and product liability are addressed.
  • Applied Marketing Strategies: Learn how the marketing mix is used to position a product or service for a specific target market by analyzing pricing, distribution, product development and promotional strategies. Apply marketing and consumer research to generate informed recommendations and examine the impact of communications and distribution channels on marketing efforts.

The concentration in industrial-organizational psychology provides a comprehensive overview of various career options.

Concentration courses may include:

  • Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology: Explore I/O psychology principles as well as gain an introduction to topical areas including personnel management, organizational development, leadership, team dynamics, systems theory and decision-making. Explore how I/O theory and research can be applied in the workplace.
  • Human Resource Functions: An introduction to the basic principles of human resource management. Explore the various functions of the role, including sourcing and managing talent, promoting an organizational culture and analyzing how human resources impacts important organizational decisions.
  • Leadership and Motivation in the Workplace: Examine leadership theories and principles from a psychology perspective. Through the use of psychological instruments and analysis of leaders, analyze your own leadership style and engage with topics including the psychology of leadership, followership theory and motivation.
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology Consulting and Analysis: This course explores the process of consultation that an I/O psychology professional might use to provide support for an organization. Topics include assessment, diagnosis, forecasting effects, intervention and strategy.

Students are offered a choice for their first concentration course. It is recommended that BS Business Administration students take:

  • Introduction to Psychology: Explore the complexities of the human mind by examining the science behind why we think, feel and do. Experience the evolution of psychology through the early schools of thought, major branches and core theories that guide contemporary perspectives.

And BA Psychology students to take:

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology: This course examines psychological issues in various cultural contexts and explores how ethnic and cultural backgrounds influence patterns of human thought and behavior. The course includes a focus on the psychological dynamics involved in the formation and reduction of prejudices, discrimination and stereotyping.

These recommendations are intended to best help prepare students for the courses that follow.

Finally, your 33 free electives are an opportunity to customize your degree even further. You could choose from across the business and psychology curriculum to create the learning experience that helps you best reach your personal and professional goals.

To help you meet these goals, every class at SNHU is taught by professionals working in the field.

“Each term the students and I have dynamic conversations about how these topics are not just relevant in the work environment but also how they play a role in our lives,” said Dr. Melissa Oleshansky, adjunct instructor of psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. “As a clinical psychologist during the day, I share with the class clinical case studies of how work stress impacts the mental health of employees and business owners. I offer a safe and nurturing environment for each student to explore their thoughts."

For many students at SNHU, it's the expertise and support of their instructors that sets the university apart.

2019 online business psychology degree concentration graduate Jackie Lancaster.

"Every instructor I had [in the BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology program] was completely invested in their course," said Jackie Lancaster '19. "They worked in their respective field and shared a wealth of knowledge and experience. Each student was welcome and encouraged to share in class. Instructors responded with positivity and thoughtful conversation to help support students and solidify the curriculum."

Shelbi Sniff '20, another graduate of the program, offers a similar sentiment.

"All of the instructors have been magnificent to work with," she said. "They respond in a timely manner and are willing to devote extra time for you if needed."

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

Business Core

Business programs require learners to complete the Business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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