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Industrial and Organizational Psychology Track


Lead by example. Help others lead, hire, train and motivate.

Welcome to the Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) concentration within the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program. The IOP program prepares students for careers as practitioners and researchers by emphasizing a curriculum of evidence-based practice and course activities that enhance student experiential learning. 

SIOP National Conference May 2014

Students and faculty presenting at the 29th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) held in May 2014 in Honolulu. (Pictured l. to r.): Trevor Shylock, M.S. '09 and consultant at Caliper Talent Management Consulting; Thomas Mitchell, associate professor; Price Bingham, current M.S. student; and Matt Ancona, current M.S. student.

Why IOP?
IOP applies psychological principles developed from rigorous scientific research to enable problem-resolution in the workplace. As half of adults' waking lives are spent in the workplace, IO psychologists contribute to aligning organizations' missions with its people. We do that by focusing on the essential human components that create high functioning organizations, including selecting the right job applicants, training employees and measuring their performance, designing professional growth and motivation strategies, assessing organizational climate and facilitating change management. Due to the important role that IO psychologists play in organizations' success, job opportunities in the field continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has labeled IOP the fastest growing occupation, with a median pay of over $83,500.

Why IOP at UB?
The IOP track of the M.S. in Applied Psychology program at UB is proud to have been graduating hundreds of students for over 30 years. As the only terminal IOP master's program with full-time faculty within a 50-mile radius of campus, the University of Baltimore provides accessible, high quality educational opportunities. Located in an urban setting, convenient for both working and nonworking adults, our campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Baltimore and is easily accessible by train, light rail, bus or car. Most courses in the IOP program are offered in the evenings so that you can still work during the day, and class sizes are small so that students can receive individualized attention.

Where do UB's IOP graduates work?
Our graduates are employed in numerous industries and settings, including:

  • federal jobs: DHS/TSA, FBI, OPM
  • state jobs: Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration
  • retail companies: Under Armour, McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • consulting firms: Booz Allen, Grant Thornton, PDRI (a CEB company)
  • healthcare: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • academic/research institutions: Loyola University, IMPAQ International, UMD CASL
  • other: Prometric, GEICO, Strategic Development Associates, CSS Industries

Learn more about your career and internship opportunities.

What competencies do IOP students develop?
The IOP curriculum develops student competencies in all domains recommended by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP, Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). Our students engage in real-world and simulated experiential learning activities, such as conducting job analyses with real clients, preparing personnel assessment reports and developing organizational surveys.

The IOP program also offers students opportunities to prepare for the global workforce through relevant coursework and international collaborative projects (both virtual and in-person), such as the European Erasmus Mundus Winter School program.

Helping pay for your degree.

  • To help you learn while putting your skills into practice, and to offset the cost of your education, competitive, merit-based graduate research assistantships provide full tuition and a stipend. Learn more.
  • The Schaefer Center for Public Policy offers selective fellowships for full-time students to work on the center's applied research projects. In addition, there are opportunities for students to work as student assistants or as research assistants on various center projects. Deadlines are April 15 (for the fall semester) and Oct. 15 (for the spring semester).

Who are the IOP faculty?

The Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences hosts four full-time faculty with backgrounds in industrial and organizational psychology:
Laura Bryan
Sharon Glazer
Thomas Mitchell
Rebecca Thompson

We also have three regular adjunct faculty who bring IOP field experience to further enhance your classroom learning:
Elliot Lasson
Peter Leeds
Todd Walther


We are now accepting applications for spring 2015 and fall 2015. For more information, please click here and/or contact Dr. Sharon Glazer, professor and chair, Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences.