2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
    Dec 09, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

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


All graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Examine how key industrial/organizational issues impact employees, teams, & organizations.
  2. Assess issues using current industrial/organizational psychology theory and research.
  3. Evaluate factors that contribute to workplace effectiveness.
  4. Apply consultation methods and practices within different levels of an organization.
  5. Explain industrial/organizational psychology’s contribution to positive social change
  6. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to address industrial/organizational problems.

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.)

Curriculum


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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