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Business Psychology Degree Online Industrial Organizational Psychology Concentration

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Register By: June 24 Classes Start: June 26

Succeed with a Business Psychology Degree

  • $320/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
  • Apply psychological concepts to business

Online Business Psychology Degree Program 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. It explores how human behavior relates to organizational goals, and it offers strategies that can help you build an effective workplace.

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.

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What You'll Learn

  • Develop business management approaches that align with organizational philosophies
  • Help build collaborative relationships with diverse teams
  • Problem-solve by integrating personal values with responsible business practices
  • Explain implications of global and societal contexts on business decisions
  • Recommend strategic and creative business options using data

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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 with the text Dr. Barbara Lesniak The 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, senior associate dean 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 student 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. "Since starting at SNHU, I have received a promotion and pay increase."

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 with the text Dr. Melissa Oleshansky“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 a business psychology degree 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.

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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is 8% between 2021 and 2031. Human resource managers predicted growth of 7%, and training and development specialists expect 8%.1

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In 2021, the median annual wage across all management occupations was $102,450, human resources managers was $126,230, and training and development specialists was $61,570.1

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.

Industrial Production Manager

Design plans and training programs to ensure that staff are working to the best of their ability on the factory floor.

Training and Development Specialist

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

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Shelbi Sniff ’20

"I want to help maintain and make the culture at my company even more genuine, positive and fun," she said. "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, 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, senior associate dean 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.
  • Introduction to Marketing: Every business degree will touch on marketing skills in some way, because meeting the needs of customers and the goals of the organization are everyone’s responsibility. You may learn to conduct market research, as well as how to promote, distribute and price a variety of products and services.

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

“This starts in Introduction to Psychology, which presents basic psychology concepts through the lens of 5 themes: self-care, social justice, emotional intelligence, ethics and career connections,” Lesniak said. “These last 3 in particular have a close alignment with the business world. The concepts show up again in later courses, as well.”

Concentration courses may include:

  • Introduction to Psychology: This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of behavior. Topics include how to evaluate research, as well as exploration of different areas of specialization within the field of psychology.
  • Social Psychology: How an individual’s thoughts, feelings and actions are connected and affected by others is the foundation of this course. Such issues as conformity, prejudice and interpersonal attraction are covered. The scientific method continues to be emphasized.
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology: The core of this course is to focus on workplace effectiveness through research, assessment and interventions in the office environment. This is where you'll learn to synthesize your business and psychology studies. You may examine a variety of professional options for application of your degree.
  • Cognitive Psychology: Areas relating to memory, thinking, problem-solving and language are the focus of this class. Topics include study of memory disorders, learning disorders and other brain issues.
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology: The cultural makeup of an organization can greatly impact patterns of employee behavior. Topics in this course include formation and reduction of prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping in the business environment.

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.

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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.

"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 student 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 bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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 $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

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, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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