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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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.

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Industrial/Organizational 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.

Career Facts

$70,700

Median salary for Psychologists

19%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$112,977

Median salary for I/O Psychologists

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Overview

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

Course Information

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Major Requirements57 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
CGS 501

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 Seminar 1
PSY 511

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 Psychology 4
PSY 521

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 Psychology 4
PSY 531

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 Measurements 4
PSY 541

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 Analysis 4
PSY 551

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 Psychology 4
PSY 561

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 Methods 4
PSY 571

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 Leadership 4
PSY 611

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 Workplace 4
PSY 621

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 Motivation 4
PSY 631

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 Learning 4
PSY 641

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 Resources 4
PSY 651

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 Psychology 4
PSY 699

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 Psychology 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 661

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.

Evidence Based Coaching 4
PSY 671

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.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Residency 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 57
Program Description

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.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A Master Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 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.

I/O PSYCHOLOGY ADMISSION INFORMATION

Admission as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: undergraduate GPA, letter of recommendation, or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program. Application forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Offices and on the Internet at www.baker.edu. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis and acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee. Candidates applying for matriculation into the I/O PSY program must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Graduate College Application form.
  • Non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
  • A professional essay (750-1000 words). Specific directions for the essay are accessible via the Internet at www.baker.edu.
  • • Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies. GMAT or GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision.
Accreditation

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.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.
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