Industrial Organizational Psychology (M.A.)

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be among the first to be a part of Wesleyan College's New graduate degree in industrial-organizational Psychology.


Advance your career. Now enrolling women and men for fall semester.

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 also 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.

The starting salary for an I-O specialist with a master’s degree can be as much as $65,000 a year. The top earners in the field can earn up to $250,000 or more each year.* 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. Working with your peers through case studies and projects will help you to develop skills that are essential to success as a professional. Classes are scheduled in the evenings to make it possible to work while pursuing your graduate degree. If you are moving to the Macon area to study in this program, professors will work closely to help you find suitable employment with one of our local business partners. 

For more information about Wesleyan’s personalized admission process and to learn how earning a graduate degree in I-O Psychology can help you achieve your educational and career goals, contact us at or (478) 757-5225.



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





FEBRUARY 4 / 6 PM (virtual only)
 MARCH 4 / 6 PM 
APRIL 8 / 6 PM 

Why should you join us? To find out more about Wesleyan’s fast-track hybrid graduate programs designed for working professionals. Our programs include online courses for student flexibility as well as Wesleyan's signature seminar-style traditional classes on campus evenings and on weekends. All classes are taught by full-time faculty with real world professional experience and outstanding academic credentials. 

Our classes are small, but our classrooms are big, so practicing social distancing is never a problem.

Application Requirements

Find out how to begin the process of applying for a graduate degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Wesleyan College.

A Sample Course Schedule

Review a sample course schedule in our Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Wesleyan College.

course Listings

Applied Research Design and Statistics

PSY 502 Applied Research Design and Statistics 

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. 4 hours

Applied Social Psychology

PSY 503: Applied Social Psychology

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. 3 hours

Organizational Behavior and Theory

PSY 504: Organizational Behavior and Theory

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. 3 hours

Human Resources

PSY 505: Human Resources

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. 3 hours

Health in the Community and Workplace

PSY 506: Health in the Community and Workplace

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. 3 hours

Applied Testing and Assessment

PSY 601: Applied Testing and Assessment

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. 3 hours

Data Analytics

PSY 602: Data Analytics

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. 3 hours

Employee Development

PSY 603: Employee Development

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. 3 hours

Diversity, Justice, and Ethics in the Workplace

PSY 604: Diversity, Justice, and Ethics in the Workplace

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. 3 hours

Current Directions in I-O Psychology

PSY 610: Current Directions in I-O Psychology

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. 3 hours

Senior Project/Practicum

PSY 620: Senior Project/Practicum

At an organization tailored to student interests, supervised by Wesleyan faculty in an online supervisory role; involves project development, management, and reporting. 3 hours


Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $23,400

Please contact us for more information:

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


Program Details

  • Classes online and in person to ensure flexibility
  • 4 semesters of classes (fall, spring, summer, fall) 
  • Classes scheduled in the evening to ensure students can work
  • $650 a credit hour; 34 credit hours
  • Rolling admissions (continuously considered); August and January start dates


Industrial/Organizational Psychology is listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the

#1 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. with a median pay of $83,580 a year.

Unique Aspects of Wesleyan's Program

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  • A focus on justice in the workplace
  • Intensive 18 months of study 
  • World-class, award-winning faculty
  • Seminar-style traditional classes
  • Tailored internship experience


fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.


median pay per year.


expected growth rate between now and 2022.

According to the Department of Labor and a May 26 article on the Wall Street Journal online titled “What Will Be the Hot Jobs of 2018?”

Brooke Bennett-Day
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-3749 Profile
John Christopher
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of I-O Graduate Program (478) 757-5225 Profile
Holly Cole
Assistant Professor of Psychology (478) 757-3706 Profile
Michele T. Martin
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-2040 Profile
James Rowan
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-5236 Profile

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