Industrial-Organizational Psychology (M.A.)

I-O psychology is a fast growing field that applies psychological research to the workplace in order to make organizations more productive and profitable, and improve the well-being of employees.

 

 

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In this Master of Arts (M.A.) in industrial organizational psychology degree program courses are taught by our experienced, seasoned faculty with global business experience. The program's small class size allows you to form strong relations with professors and take full advantage of their expertise.

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Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology must provide the following:

  • a professional resume
  • official transcript from the institution from which the bachelor's degree was earned
  • an undergraduate paper sample, professional report or GRE score

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education accredited by an institutional accreditor, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Students from universities outside of the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Before starting the program, applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in General or Introductory Psychology, and an undergraduate course in statistics.

Program Curriculum
The required courses for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree are as follows:
 

PSY 502: Applied Research Design and Statistics.
Hybrid course. Half of class work is face-to-face. Half is online.
Understanding and interpreting statistical analyses and research design; developing hypotheses; sampling and methodology; measurement; evaluating the quality of the research methods of published research evidence; descriptive and inferential statistics; parametric and nonparametric methods; interval estimates, ANOVA, regression, path analysis, structural equation modeling, meta-analysis; computer lab component included.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 4 hours.

PSY 503 Applied Social Psychology.
Hybrid course. Half of class work is face-to-face. Half is online.
Judgment and decision-making; attitude theory, measurement, and change; group processes; social influence and persuasion; judgments of equity; understanding and applying the results of published research evidence; communicating research findings accurately and accessibly, historical use of human subjects in research and related ethical issues.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 504 Organizational Behavior and Theory.
Online course.
Organizational theory and development; groups and teams (interpersonal behavior in small groups, theory and team processes); leadership and management theory, strategy, and change; coaching; planning and implementing research projects in I-O practice; analyzing data in I-O practice.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 505 Human Resources.
Hybrid course. Half of class work is face-to-face. Half is online.
Criterion theory, development, and measurement as it applies to recruitment, selection, and placement; job analysis; predictors; human resources planning, leadership, performance appraisal, organization design, and training; business professional writing and interactions.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 506 Health in the Community and Workplace.
Online course.
Motivation; theories of adult lifespan development; stress and well-being; work-life balance; workplace wellness; occupational health and safety; managing changes within the workplace; workplace aggression, bullying, and violence.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 601 Applied Testing and Assessment.
Hybrid course. Half of class work is face-to-face. Half is online.
Developing and measuring criteria; individual assessment for selection and development; job attitudes (engagement, satisfaction, involvement, organizational commitment); human performance (problem solving, decision making, use of tools, error); history of applied assessment.
Prerequisite: PSY 502; Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 602 Data Analytics.
Online course.
Clean and work with large data sets; analyze data from large sets to inform decisions in applied fields; ethical concerns regarding data storage and decision-making; use of R, SQL, Hadoop.
Prerequisite: PSY 502; admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 603 Employee Development.
Online course.
Training theory, delivery, design, and evaluation; job evaluation and compensation; individual differences in work behavior and its ethical and accurate assessment; career development; professional presentation skills.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 604 Diversity, Justice, and Ethics in the Workplace.
Hybrid course. Half of class work is face-to-face. Half is online.
Ethics; justice related to diversity; justice related to international issues; justice in employee treatment; managing downsizing; professional norms and standards; drawing the line between coaching and counseling; legal regulations and issues; humanitarian work psychology; collecting and analyzing qualitative data.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 610 Current Directions in I/O Psychology.
May be an online or hybrid course.
Seminar-based course exploring a variety of topics in the field of I-O psychology; selected topics may vary by student interest and need, along with current events and published research relevant to the field.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 620 Senior Project/Practicum.
Hybrid course. Involves professional activity while working in an organization. Supervision and reflection is online.
At an organization tailored to student interests, supervised by Wesleyan faculty in an online supervisory role; involves project development, management, and reporting.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. program, or permission of program director.
Credit: 3 hours.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $23,400

Please contact us for more information: graduate@wesleyancollege.edu.

Additional specific costs may be considered as an adjacent to cost of attendance, for more information contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@wesleyancollege.edu or (478) 757-5205. 

 
 
 

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Program Details

  • Hyflex class instruction. Online and in person with the option to attend virtually.
  • 3 class per semester (two split term and one full term)
  • One class meeting per week, Tuesday 6:30-8:30 to ensure cohort networking and professional connection
  • $650 a credit hour; 34 credit hours
  • Rolling admissions (continuously considered); August and January start dates

I-O psychology is a fast growing field that applies psychological research to the workplace in order to make organizations more productive and profitable, and improve the well-being of employees.

You will learn how jobs are defined and staffed, how teams work together, how to increase employee health and satisfaction, and how to reduce conflicts and problems. Wesleyan’s program has been developed following the recommendations of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This Master of Arts (M.A.) in industrial organizational psychology degree is designed to equip you to work as a practitioner with a career in consulting, diversity education, or training in a variety of settings including business, non-profit, and public agencies.

Wesleyan's program emphasizes justice in the workplace

Embedded throughout the curriculum is a focus on workplace justice. Justice, empowerment, and inclusion are core values of Wesleyan College. As businesses become more aware of the costs of failing to prioritize treating people justly, Wesleyan I-O graduates will offer expertise in global issues such as embracing and sustaining workplace diversity, treating people equitably, and valuing worker well-being. This specialized curriculum will uniquely qualify you for a number of jobs including consulting work or positions within companies that would like to improve their workplace culture. Wesleyan’s proven track record at making connections around the world will introduce you to international opportunities in I-O psychology.

I-O psychologists are increasingly in demand and paid well

Wesleyan's 18-month fast-track hybrid program includes some online and hybrid courses for student flexibility, as well as Wesleyan's signature seminar-style traditional classes to maximize students' learning and professional development. All traditional classes are also offered with a hyflex option of attending virtually for those who live out of state or schedule does not permit them to attend in person. Working with your peers through case studies and projects will help you to develop skills that are essential to success as a professional. 

Rolling admissions (continuously considered);
August and January start dates

Contact Kara Sowell, Graduate Program Coordinator: 
graduate@wesleyancollege.edu | office (478) 757-5164 | text (478) 216-4845
 
 

* The Society for I-O Psychology’s 2012 income and employment survey

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Holly Cole
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James Rowan
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Michele Tuer
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