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Master's in Organizational Psychology Online MS in I-O Psychology

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Register By: April 15 Classes Start: April 17

Earn Your Master's in I-O Psychology

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Learn from faculty with industry experience
  • Gain workplace-ready research/data skills
  • $105,310 median annual salary1
  • 4% job growth projected through 20311

Master's in Organizational Psychology Online Program Overview

The business landscape changes rapidly, and you’ll be well prepared to work within this dynamic area with a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. This master’s-level degree readies you to assist organizations as they seek to hire, retain and develop the best employees.

This master’s-level degree readies you to assist organizations as they seek to hire, retain and develop the best employees.

Day in and day out, industrial-organizational psychologists make valuable contributions to the business world – and one of the most important subfields of psychology. They can impact every part of an organization, from back-office administration to the factory floor and all the way up to the C-suite.

With a master’s in I-O psychology, you’ll get to tackle a wide range of workplace challenges and enhance overall quality of life by:

  • Identifying and fulfilling training and development needs
  • Recognizing and addressing an organization’s internal issues
  • Enhancing productivity by improving employee satisfaction
  • Conducting market research and assessing the results

While the organizational psychology degree does not lead to licensure or certification, it aligns with Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology standards to provide skills that apply to a variety of positions. It also expands your employment options to fields like market research and advertising, where industrial-organizational psychologists (IOPs) help fulfill client needs.

Learn how to:

  • Manage and motivate individuals and teams
  • Set the tone for a healthy work environment
  • Resolve issues using strategic HR management
  • Use strategies and techniques to drive organizational change
  • Apply research findings to enhance organizational performance
  • Promote and nurture growth in others to achieve common goals

8 Types of Psychology with Real-World Perspective

The study of psychology can be personally and professionally rewarding. Among the many concentrations in the field you can find diverse opportunities to learn about how people interact with one another in relationships, in the workplace and more.

Career Outlook

Your master’s in organizational psychology can prepare you to serve as a change agent in businesses across every industry, from criminal justice to education, healthcare to IT, manufacturing to transportation. Like many IOPs, you might work in an organization’s HR department or as an independent consultant hired to solve a problem.

Dr. Thomas MacCarty with text Dr. Thomas MacCarty“There really is no part of the workplace that is not focused on,” said Dr. Thomas MacCarty, associate dean of psychology at SNHU. “If there is any issue that may be hampering an organization from moving forward, an IOP can help alleviate the issue, or at least mitigate it.”

Shaunta Irvin Roberson '21G immediately recognized how applicable the degree could be in her life.

Shaunta Irvin Roberson with the text Shaunta Irvin Roberson"With a degree in industrial-organizational psychology, I am able use the principles of ethics, leadership and consulting to find the most effective approach to change within our organization," she said. "This can be used in my current profession and in my future career paths."

The industrial-organizational psychology program is designed to help you build skills and knowledge you can apply immediately in many types of work settings. While job functions can vary widely, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups IOPs into these 6 occupational categories:

  • Industrial-organizational psychologists: Demand for IOPs is projected to grow 4% through 2031. The BLS attributes growth to senior managers recognizing that IOPs can improve their business structure and increase revenue. In 2021, the BLS reported median annual wages of $105,310 for this position.1
  • Labor relations specialists: IOPs in this role specialize in interpreting and administering labor contracts regarding a host of issues, including wages and salaries and union and management practices. The BLS projects median annual wages of $77,010 for this role in 2021.1
  • Management analysts: Otherwise known as management consultants, IOPs in this role recommend ways to improve an organization’s efficiency and profit margins. The BLS projects 11% growth for management analysts through 2031 and median annual wages of $93,000 in 2021.1
  • Market research analysts: Working in a market research capacity, IOPs study market conditions to predict sales of a product or service. They might advise a company on marketing strategy. The BLS projects 19% growth for market research analysts through 2031 and median annual wages of $63,930 in 2021.1
  • Operations research analysts: IOPs in this role rely largely on data and statistical analysis to help organizations solve problems. The BLS projects 23% growth for operations research analysts through 2031 and median annual wages of $82,360 in 2021.1
  • Training and development managers: This specialized aspect of the IOP profession focuses on planning, coordinating and directing workforce development programs. The BLS projects 7% growth for training and development managers through 2031 and median annual wages of $120,130 in 2021.1

Dr. Eileen Schiffer with text Dr. Eileen SchifferThis online master's in industrial-organizational psychology degree does not lead to licensure or certification. But unlike many other fields of psychology, earning your master's degree qualifies you for work as an I-O psychologist in many workplaces – though having a doctorate may earn you a higher pay grade.

“One of the things I like best is knowing our students are immediately applying course lessons in their professional lives,” said Dr. Eileen Schiffer, who teaches industrial-organizational psychology at SNHU. “The concepts we explore – motivation, leadership, communication, teamwork and organizational change – are things our students experience on a daily basis.”

Schiffer points out that master’s in IO psychology students use these skills throughout the program so they’re ready to apply them after graduation. “Our courses help them reflect on their experiences in new ways and offer them knowledge and skills that enable them to be more successful in their careers – not only after they graduate, but during each term on their paths to their degrees," she said.

It's what worked for Roberson.

"My current role is as a lead content training manager, which requires me to consult with leadership and stakeholders for the organization," Roberson said. "This degree has allowed me to receive several promotions within my current organization. This was a huge leap from where I started as a customer service associate. Since then, I have been promoted to customer service assistant, corporate trainer for healthcare, subject-matter expert for healthcare, customer experience specialist, training team leader to – finally – lead content training manager."

Start Your Journey Towards an Online Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

Starting with a foundation in psychology, you'll learn to apply psychological research to real-world organizational contexts. As you complete the industrial-organizational psychology graduate program’s core coursework, you’ll:

  • Dive deep into methods of gathering and analyzing data
  • Explore cognitive psychology, including the nuances of decision-making
  • Learn how to apply psychometric techniques to measure research findings
  • Study how theories of personality apply to culturally diverse populations
  • Learn the principles of ethical practice within the field of psychology

When you choose to pursue the concentration in industrial-organizational psychology, you'll use your 12 major elective credits to learn hyper-specific I-O psychology information and skills. Our master’s in industrial-organizational psychology concentration is made up of these 4 courses:

Our master’s in industrial-organizational psychology concentration is made up of these 4 courses:

  • Motivation in the Workplace: Examine the psychological theories of motivation and their relevance to the workplace, as well as the wider field of industrial-organizational psychology. Explore motivating factors and strategies to identify motivation problems and psychological techniques to address them. Learn how to apply motivational theories to affect change for diverse populations.
  • Psychology of Leadership: Combine theory and practice to address contemporary issues in the field of organizational leadership. Review research, case studies and real-world situations to learn how psychological practices can be used to assess and improve leadership. Lay a foundation for your own personal leadership style.
  • Organizational Consulting: Explore the relevant skills needed for a successful organizational consultation by an I-O psychologist. Examine the process for diagnosing an organization using psychological methods (measurement), developing a strategy to address issues (assessment) and carrying out a plan (application). Learn the need for ethical standards and the importance of professional responsibility in consulting.
  • Seminar in Industrial & Organizational Psychology: A culmination of your work in industrial-organizational psychology, this course brings together all the skills learned in previous courses. You’ll need to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of motivation, organizational leadership and consulting. In doing so, you’ll develop a more sophisticated and integrated approach to industrial-organizational issues and problems.

Your online master’s in I-O psychology classes are taught by highly regarded, accomplished faculty with years of real-world, hands-on experience. Our online faculty reflect the advanced academic qualifications and practical experience of a top-ranked, accredited university.

Jackie Lancaster with the text Jackie LancasterJackie Lancaster '21G. "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."

And the experience those instructors bring to their courses is what's needed in the workforce now.

Dr. Cindy Alexander with text Dr. Cindy Alexander“Employers today are faced with many unique challenges,” said Dr. Cindy Alexander, an industrial-organizational psychology instructor at SNHU. “Our master’s in industrial-organizational psychology prepares students to help employers navigate those challenges and find solutions to maximize performance.”

Dr. Thomas MacCarty, associate dean of psychology at SNHU, credits the program’s broad curriculum with the versatility graduates bring to the discipline of I-O psychology.

“The successful graduate student has shown they have insight and knowledge in a wide variety of topics,” said MacCarty. He points to developmental psychology, sociology, behavioral research, ethics and legal issues, and human behavior as just a few examples.

And that's great for working students.

"The psychology programs at SNHU have met all my expectations," said Shaunta Irvin Roberson '18 '21G. "The courses in my graduate studies have given more clarity or correct processes to follow when working with individuals and organizations."

Do you feel drawn to the psychology of the workplace? Do you feel a tug to help build healthier work environments? Move your career and the business world forward with a master’s in organizational psychology.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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