2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) 
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2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology

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Defined as the “scientific study of the workplace,” industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology explores the impact of individual, group, and organizational psychology on workplace health, productivity, and effectiveness.

With a focus on practical application in the workplace, the MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology provides scholar-practitioners with an in-depth understanding of individual, group, and organizational behavior in the workplace; research design and analytical skills; and expertise applying evidence-based I/O practices in the diverse organizational settings.

Students have opportunities through their capstone projects to synthesize and apply knowledge gained in the program to a practical project designed to promote social change. Optional blended coursework provides opportunities for in-person feedback and hands-on practice, while specializations allow students to gain additional expertise in areas consistent with their interests and career goals.

The curriculum in this Master of Science program is designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).


Note: The MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

Learning Outcomes

As graduates of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe behavior using current theory and research in industrial and organizational psychology.
  2. Articulate the uniqueness of the industrial/organizational psychology specialization including the history specific to this specialization.
  3. Discuss how key industrial and organizational issues impact organizations (i.e., issues such as selection, performance management, performance measurement, job analysis, individual behavior, leadership, motivation, organizational culture, work teams, and/or job attitudes).
  4. Explain the principles of basic research methods.
  5. Appropriately summarize the role of research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
  6. Apply ethical organizational intervention practices.
  7. Appropriately select effective organizational interventions based on empirical evidence.
  8. Summarize the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior.
  9. Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning.
  10. Engage in practices that result in positive social change.

Competency-Based Education

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program

Degree Requirements

  • 48–50 total quarter credits
  • Foundation Course (3 cr.)
  • Core Courses (15 cr.)
  • Research Courses (10 cr.)
  • Specialization Courses (15–17 cr.)
  • Capstone Course (5 cr.)


Specialization Courses (15–17 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
4    5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.


Note on Licensure

The MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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