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Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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

What is Industrial and Organizational Psychology?

Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychologists use science and statistics to solve workplace issues  and to help workers and businesses thrive.

I-O Psychologists help organizations by:

  • selecting and training the best employees
  • determining how to retain and recruit talented employees
  • learning what stressors make jobs difficult
  • developing great organizational leaders
  • understanding work motivation
  • studying how to make workplaces safer
  • and by analyzing what can help organizations grow, change, and adapt

Whether you’re at the start of your career as a psychologist or looking to further expand your training, consider this online degree from Park University.

Industrial Psychologist was ranked #2 for Best Science Jobs by US News & World Report in 2020.  US News & World Report rated Industrial Psychologist as #20 in best STEM jobs in 2020.

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 online program on a part-time or full-time basis. The online, 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.

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


Industrial Organizational Psychology Certificate

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.

Careers in Industrial and organizational psychology

  • Human Resources
  • Employee Training
  • Occupational Health
  • Organizational Development
  • Chief Diversity Officer
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Industrial and organizational psychology 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. 


Are you a veteran?

Are you a veteran interested in psychology and wanting to pursue a master’s degree?  Industrial Organizational Psychology is listed as an “On the Rise”  educational program for veterans.  Your military background would be an asset to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and their Military and Veterans Initiative Task Force , which helps support veterans in the civilian workforce.  Industrial Organizational Psychologists are connected around the world—look to see if SIOP has a local group near you and feel free to reach out to the Program Director with questions (

Listen to a podcast

Want to know more about business psychology?  Industrial Organizational Psychologists use science and statistics to solve organizational issues and help workers thrive.  Check out this Conversation Series and these podcasts from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) to better understand the day in the life of an Industrial Organizational Psychologist.

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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.