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Business Psychology Degree Online Industrial Organizational Psychology Concentration

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Register By: October 23 Classes Start: October 25

Succeed with a Business Psychology Degree

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Accredited by NECHE & 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.

Learn how to:

  • Develop business management approaches that align with organizational philosophies
  • Help build collaborative relationships with diverse teams
  • Problem-solve across functional areas by integrating personal values with ethical, legal and socially responsible business practices
  • Explain implications of global and societal contexts on business decisions
  • Recommend strategic and creative business options using data
  • Communicate effectively to diverse internal and external audiences
  • Use research to learn how to constructively address various business needs
  • Examine psychological research and theories inform approaches to workplace issues, motivation and employee performance

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, 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.

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 the fastest growing and most sought after psychology career 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.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is 7% between 2018 and 2028, which is higher than the national average.1 The median annual wage across all management occupations is $105,660.1

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

  • Human resources managers: With a median income of $116,720 in 2019, and predicted career growth of 7% between 2018 and 2028, this career field looks strong. In this role, your primary responsibility could be to plan and manage your organization’s workforce. Motivated, well-trained staff are the key to any business, and human resources managers work to ensure fair and legal hiring practices, as well as designing and delivering onboarding and other trainings to help new hires start strong and employees stay motivated and productive. There is a high level of administrative work in this field, as well as a great deal of communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Industrial production managers: In this role, you would help an organization design plans and training programs to ensure that staff are working to the best of their ability on the factory floor. Quality control and production systems are often the responsibility of the person in this role. You may also be responsible for supply chain management. Communication, strategic thinking and planning, and strong communication skills are the hallmarks for this role, leading to a median salary of $105,480 in 2019.1
  • Training and development managers: If you enjoy teaching and helping others be their best, this role might be right for you. Every business needs dedicated, talented staff and that requires staff who are prepared to support them. You might design training programs, write or revise training manuals, or create course content and other materials for training programs. You might design surveys to ensure that training methods are effective. Strong interpersonal skills are the key to success in this growing role, with expected job growth of 8% between 2018 and 2028, and a median salary of $113,350 in 2019.1

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Business Psychology Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

By earning a business psychology degree 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.

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, 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 (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.

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."

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 courses: All online bachelor's degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. 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 for what you already know: 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.

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—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

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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University Accreditation

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.