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. Our I-O curriculum is rooted in social justice, a point of pride for Park University.  Graduate students will learn strategies to diversify the workforce, develop inclusive business practices, and learn to recognize and mitigate workplace inequity.

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

Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

The master’s degree has been designed with working adults in mind where students will focus on one course every eight weeks. The 11-course curriculum is designed to be completed in seven semesters, including summers and an internship. The program is completely online and asynchronous, allowing students the flexibility to complete their work around their busy schedules.

Application Deadline:

Applications are due July 1st for entry into the fall cohort.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year with decisions being made mid-July.  New cohorts will be accepted each fall.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Undergraduate Certificate:

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 online.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology, M.A.

Online & Parkville

Industrial Organizational Psychology, Certificate

M.A., Industrial-Organizational Psychology Admissions Requirements

Required Criteria:

Prospective graduate students will submit a statement of professional goals (see below) and a resume.  GPA requirements are 3.00/4.00 for undergraduate work and 3.70/4.00 for graduate work.

    1. Outline for Statement of Professional Goals:  Tell us about your professional goals and desire to pursue a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  What knowledge, skills, abilities, and other factors make you a good fit for Park University’s MAIO program? How do you intend to use your training in industrial-organizational psychology when you finish the program?  Park’s MAIO psychology program will focus on improving the workplace through a focus on social justice issues.  How does the social justice focus of our program align with your professional goals?  Is there anything else you would like us to know about your admissions application?

Recommended Criteria:

Complete the GRE; Undergraduate course preparation:  Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Statistics, Experimental Design/Research Methods, Measurement and Test Construction

Chelsea Platt

Dr. Chelsea Platt

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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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