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Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

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With an online Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, you’ll advance your knowledge and understanding of workplace culture. Learn how to apply industrial-organizational psychology principles to human behavior and motivation. The application of these principles can be used in a range of business, organizational and professional contexts to optimize workforce performance. Courses for this I/O psychology program are aligned to the education standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

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Requirements: 36 credits

Your course schedule may vary based on an evaluation of previous experience, training or transferable credits. Speak to your enrollment representative about graduate-level prior learning assessment saving opportunities. Call 844-937-8679.

12 Core Courses

The Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology features 12 core courses to complete in topics ranging from social psychology, and learning and cognition to Human Performance, Assessment, and Feedback; Consulting and Business Skills; and Organizational Development, Leadership, and Management.

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Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is an educational degree program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of I-O Psychology. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a psychologist.

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years.

Learning shouldn’t take years to put into practice. That’s why we’re empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We’ve worked with the labor market researcher Lightcast to identify in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.


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Your prior eligible college credits can save you time and money, helping you graduate faster. That’s why we’ve accepted credits from 5,000+ institutions. Check to see if you can apply eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college toward a degree of your choice.

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Everyone deserves an affordable education. That’s why we offer an unlimited number of scholarships, so if you qualify, you can get one. We believe everyone deserves an affordable education they shouldn’t have to compete for. Starting with your first course, every qualifying new student will be awarded one of our scholarships - regardless of your financial situation or GPA, or you’ll get the best savings you qualify for. Whether you’re a new or transfer student, you can apply for a scholarship. Explore scholarship options at University of Phoenix.

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You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology?

Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

A master’s in I/O psychology can prepare you to be a: 

  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Operations Manager
  • Development Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Psychology Instructor

Top skills learned in this program:

  • Industrial/organizational psychology
  • Scientific mindedness
  • Ethical and social responsibility
  • Communication

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What you’ll learn

When you earn your online I/O psychology master’s degree, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. You’ll learn how to:

  • Integrate industrial/organizational psychological principles in human work performance and interactions
  • Evaluate the implications of psychological research on the human experience
  • Evaluate considerations related to ethics and diversity
  • Synthesize appropriate personal and professional communication in psychology

10% Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management analysts is much faster than average between 2022 and 2032.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2022-2032 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.


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Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No cost to request prior transcripts
  • No GMAT
  • No essay required
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You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1] Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

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Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

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You have a support team available up to 14 hours a day, 5 days a week. 

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Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 29+ years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.


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Frequently asked questions about out Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

I/O psychology, also known as industrial-organizational psychology, is a field of study focused on human behavior in the workplace. You’ll learn how to use psychological principles to solve issues in a range of organizations. You may help address topics such as employee work performance, job satisfaction, work-life balance, workplace training and employee turnover.

Our master’s in industrial-organizational psychology program covers the fundamentals of social and cognitive psychology as well as quantitative and qualitative research. You’ll complete required coursework on topics related to the evolution of I/O psychology, different environmental influences on human behavior, pertinent legal and ethical issues an organization may face and more. You’ll learn how to make a positive impact on the workplace and create better outcomes for both employees and organizations.

Our Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology can prepare you for diverse roles, such as an employee relations manager, a development manager, a management consultant, an organization consultant and a psychology instructor. Some common areas of focus in your respective role may include personnel selection and assessment, training and development, work performance management, organizational development and more. You’ll use your knowledge of psychology to drive efficiency in these areas.

If you’re interested in working as a psychologist, you may need a doctoral degree as well as additional professional certifications or licensure.

More organizations are starting to recognize the value of I/O psychology for understanding and improving human behavior in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of management analysts is projected to grow 11% from 2021 to 2023, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.