Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Study methods to improve the work lives of employees and increase business performance.

Industrial and organizational psychology is a recognized specialty of professional psychology and deals with human behavior relating to work—psychologists in this field of study partner with workplaces to improve performance, motivation, job satisfaction, and the overall health and well-being of employees. Whether you’re at the start of your career as a psychologist or looking to further expand your training, consider this degree from Park University.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Industrial and Organizational Psychology Certificate program, you can take face-to-face classes for the certificate program at our Parkville, Missouri campus or at one of over 41 campus centers nationwide. You may also take courses online.

For the Master’s degree, students may enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program is designed to be completed in four semesters, including summer, and the part-time program can be completed in six semesters, including summers.

  • Parkville, MO
  • Online
  • Online

Industrial Organizational Psychology Certificate


Master of Arts, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, M.A.

Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.

Dean for the College of Education and Health Professions

Dr. Monica Brannon

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Cynthia Cerrentano

Associate Professor of Psychology

Students in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master’s degree program will focus on creating leaders who specialize in social justice in the workplace.

Industrial and organizational psychology students will have coursework addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to all people and all aspects of the workplace.


Our programs will put you on a path toward careers in:

  • Human Resources
  • Employee Training
  • Occupational Health
  • Organizational Development
  • Chief Diversity Officer
Park mug full of pencils

Program Highlights

I-O psychologists use science and statistics to solve workplace and organizational issues to help workers thrive. They help organizations by thoroughly analyzing job tasks, selecting the best employees, training employees, objectively rating employee performance, determining what factors retain good employees, discovering what stressors make jobs difficult, and though finding and developing great managers and leaders. 

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.