Help people and organizations work more effectively.

Be prepared for your career to take off.

Industrial/Organizational Psychologists study and apply principles of psychology to the workplace, contributing in diverse fields, including the private sector, education, government, and consulting. Using analytical and problem-solving skills, they help organizations function more effectively and they help people by improving the quality of work life. I/O Psychologists make a difference in the way the world works. This program is delivered online.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Industrial / Organizational Psychology Master Degree from Baker College

Industrial/Organizational PsychologyMaster of Science in I/O Psychology

Help people and organizations work more effectively.

Be prepared for your career to take off.

Industrial/Organizational Psychologists study and apply principles of psychology to the workplace, contributing in diverse fields, including the private sector, education, government, and consulting. Using analytical and problem-solving skills, they help organizations function more effectively and they help people by improving the quality of work life. I/O Psychologists make a difference in the way the world works. This program is delivered online.

Discover Your Future Industrial / Organizational Psychology Career

Career Facts

$69,280

Median salary for Psychologists

12%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$121,010

Median salary for I/O Psychologists

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Overview

With a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Degree from Baker College, you can count on the opportunities for your career being many and broad. Our curriculum is taught by working professionals who share their knowledge and experience, so that you’re learning more than academics; you understand the practical applications as well.

In our MSIOP program, you study behavior and performance in the workplace and other organizational settings, and learn how to apply theories, methods, and principles of psychology at every level—individual, team, and organization. It’s a specialization that prepares you to apply psychological principles for organizational success (not for licensure as a professional psychologist).

As a graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to apply your knowledge, skills, and experience to improve organizational performance and open the doors to new career opportunities in human resources, employee training, marketing and sales, and organizational development.

Course Information
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Major Requirements57 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CGS 501
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1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar1
PSY 511
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a survey of the historical foundations of the science of psychology, including an examination of the major systems of thought and theoretical applications. Key contributions of other sciences to the field of psychology are explored. Behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, humanistic, and other approaches to psychology are analyzed in regard to social changes and historical events. Contemporary issues in the field of psychology are also investigated.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501.
History and Systems in Psychology4
PSY 521
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a generalized overview of the I/O Psychology specialization. The theoretical underpinnings, research, models, and applications of I/O Psychology will be explored. Applications to the field, at the individual, group, and organizational level will be considered. Behaviors in the workplace and other organizational settings will also be examined. Major topics in I/O Psychology will be addressed including: personnel psychology, testing and assessment, organizational behavior and development, job analysis, selection, training, performance management, motivation, communication, leadership, and group/team dynamics.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology4
PSY 531
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the area of testing and assessment. An analysis of the theory and practice of psychological measurement and assessment in both applied and theoretical contexts will be covered. Topics will include an overview and history of the field, foundations of psychological testing and psychometrics, reliability and validity indices, professional standards of test development and use, and the ethical/social/cultural issues of psychological testing and assessment.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Tests and Measurements4
PSY 541
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the use of statistics and data analysis to facilitate decision making. Explores how research questions and hypotheses influence statistical selection. Students will learn how to select, use, and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as how to read and interpret results in scholarly research articles.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 531.
Statistics and Data Analysis4
PSY 551
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an examination of the consultative process. Topics will include consultation theories, ethics, roles, models, approaches to research, and the dynamics of the consultation relationship. This course is diverse in topic and designed to include a focus on the stages of consultation, as well as the application of strategies and evaluation of the consultation process. Individual, group, and organizational consultation will be addressed, as will the development of strategies to address identified needs for change.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Consultation Psychology4
PSY 561
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the tools to design, conduct, and analyze research. Students develop an understanding of the scientific method of inquiry and the standards associated with conducting systematic empirical research. An examination of the procedures and principles involved with research, including problem formulation, literature review, measurement issues, sampling, research design, data analysis, and report writing, is provided.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 541.
Research Methods4
PSY 571
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive overview of psychological principles of leadership and leader development. Leadership theories, approaches, and models are evaluated and applied to real life settings associated with industrial/organizational psychology. This course also allows students to apply leadership theories and leader development processes to their professional practices.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Psychology of Leadership4
PSY 611
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4 Quarter Hours

Gives students the opportunity to examine different types of tests used in organizational settings, as well as evaluate criteria used to determine credibility of assessments. The process of test purpose and selection will be explored, including administering, scoring, interpreting, and providing feedback based on assessments. Legal, ethical, and global issues related to test selection and administration will be covered.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 531.
Testing and Assessment in the Workplace4
PSY 621
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth overview of various psychological theories, concepts, and principles of motivation. Students will evaluate the application of the psychological principles of motivation that influence performance. A detailed analysis of current theory in motivation and emotion as it relates to the workplace will also be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical knowledge, measurement, and application using current literature in the field.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Psychology of Performance and Motivation4
PSY 631
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of the theories of cognition and learning. The implications of these theories as they relate to intellectual functioning will be explored. Included will be the analysis of major theories of learning, cognition, and emotion, with emphasis given to the application of these theories within organizational settings.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Psychology of Cognition and Learning4
PSY 641
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines psychological theories, methods, and approaches related to personnel and human resource management, and application to professional practice. Students will explore and apply evidence based practices in regard to personnel selection and placement, employee performance, appraisal, job analysis, organizational effectiveness, design and evaluation of training programs, and change management within organizations. Ethical, legal, cultural, technological, and global factors related to HR and personnel management will be explored.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Psychology of Personnel Management and Human Resources4
PSY 651
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of social, group, and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior. Topics include the development of attitudes, leadership roles, social perception/cognition, social influence, group dynamics, sources of conflict, emotion, and personality.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 511, C or better in PSY 521.
Social Psychology4
PSY 699
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates theories, skills, and knowledge gained from previous courses. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to analyze and apply psychological theory, models, research, and best practices to a comprehensive series of cases and tasks related to I/O psychology. This is the capstone course for the Master of I/O Psychology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PSY 551, C or better in PSY 561, C or better in PSY 571, C or better in PSY 611, C or better in PSY 621, C or better in PSY 631, C or better in PSY 641, C or better in PSY 651.
Integrative Capstone in Psychology4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 661
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines psychological theories, methods, and approaches that create the framework for evidence based executive coaching. Various coaching applications, models and techniques are examined and practiced. Executive coaching will be explored as a significant strategy for accelerating individual, team and organizational performance. Topics include applying principles of group process and personality theory, leadership development, planning and goal setting and addressing factors that may interfere with effective performance. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Evidence Based Coaching4
PSY 671
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the opportunity to attend a residency in order to build skills that will support their transition into the field of I/O psychology. The experience will take place in a learning-centered environment, with ongoing collaboration and interaction among all participants. The primary mode of learning will be experiential and will include team exercises, hands-on learning, and interaction with current I/O Psychology professionals. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Residency4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 57

Program Description

A Master in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Degree identifies and provides students with a critical path for professional development, credibility in the field, as well as a clear and defined professional identity in their area of specialization in psychology. This program addresses the study of behavior and performance in the workplace and other organizational settings, through the application of the theories, methods, and principles of psychology to individuals, teams, and organizations. This specialization is not intended to prepare you for licensure as a professional psychologist, but rather to apply psychological principles for organizational success.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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I walked away with knowing I was well prepared to hit the workforce running.

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