M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration
The IO Psychology program is
waiving the GRE requirement for spring 2021 and fall 2021 applicants
. However, if you have taken the GRE and wish to submit your results, please feel free to include your test scores with your application materials.
- In accordance with the University's spring 2021 plan, all IO psychology courses will be offered remotely this spring.
"During my time in UB’s IO psychology program, I took a cross-cultural psychology course as well as an organizational psychology course where I traveled to Barcelona with my classmates. I'm currently applying for jobs now, and I feel confident that the cross-cultural competencies I gained in the program and my experiences abroad have helped set me apart from other candidates."
-Krystal Roach, M.S. ‘18
IO psychology doctoral student
Central Michigan University
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The 42-credit Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology Concentration prepares students for careers as practitioners and researchers by emphasizing a curriculum of evidence-based practice and course activities that enhance student experiential learning. You'll focus on preparing yourself to facilitate effective leadership within organizations and to help those same organizations hire, train and motivate employees.
Why IO psychology?
IO psychology 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 IO psychology the fastest growing occupation, with a median pay of over $77,350.
program administrator and academic adviser
M.S. students Bryson Barksdale and Derrick Scheetz
Bryson and Derrick are learning how psychology can be implemented into the workplace in UB's Applied Psychology master's program with a concentration on Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The program, which boasts 100 percent job placement, is helping to prepare its students to excel in this high-demand career. Learn about the IO Psychology program's global engagement opportunities.
Graduate students outside of Maryland pay in-state tuition.
UB is now offering in-state tuition to graduate students who live in Washington, D.C.; Northern Virginia (Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William, Clark, Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren counties and the city of Fredericksburg. As well as Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park); Pennsylvania (Adams, York, Chester and Lancaster counties); and all Delaware counties.
What's the difference between an M.S. and an M.P.S.?
The IO psychology concentration in our M.S. in Applied Psychology program prepares students to rigorously and methodically address organizational issues. An M.S. (Master of Science) is not the same as an M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies):
- The M.S. emphasizes psychological ethical principles around freedom and autonomy of the individual, privacy and confidentiality, public representation, honest brokering (record keeping & fees), training, research and dissemination of information, and assessment and evaluation. These essential principles are integrated in all UB classes.
- The emphasis of the M.S. in UB's IO psychology program is developing students' competencies that far surpass basic knowledge and research. Students gain the advantage of not only “doing” IO psychology, but understanding the essential “why” behind the practices. This fundamental knowledge ensures ethical and relevant interventions and engagements that fulfill organizational missions.
- We require our students to enter the M.S. program with a psychology background.
- UB students who graduate with an M.S. in Applied Psychology, IO psychology concentration are prepared for careers as organizational contributors, independent consultants and researchers.
Conversely, an M.P.S. degree is aimed at the early to mid-career professional who desires credentialing and basic competencies in IO psychology. It is also not regarded the same by industry professionals and academics.
Our program is the only M.S. in IO psychology in the Mid-Atlantic region, other than New York. We are proud to have been graduating hundreds of M.S. students for over 30 years.
What competencies do IO psychology students develop?
The IO psychology 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 IO psychology concentration 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.
Where do UB's IO psychology graduates work?
Our graduates are employed in numerous industries and settings, including:
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
- Kennedy Krieger Institute
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Maryland Aviation Administration
- Maryland Transit Administration
- Booz Allen
- Grant Thornton
- PDRI (a CEB company)
- Loyola University
- IMPAQ International
- UMD CASL
- Under Armour
- McCormick & Company, Inc.
Helping pay for your degree.
To help you learn while putting your skills into practice, and to offset the cost of your education, consider applying for a graduate assistantship .
The Schaefer Center for Public Policy offers selective fellowships for full-time students to work on 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 (fall semester) and Oct. 15 (spring semester).
Who are the IO psychology faculty?
The Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences hosts three full-time faculty with backgrounds in industrial and organizational psychology:
We also have several regular adjunct faculty who bring IO psychology field experience to further enhance your classroom learning, including:
IO Psychology Spotlights
Andrea Garry: Research Accepted for 2021 SIOP Conference, and Team Wins Second Place in PTCMW Consulting Challenge
Congratulations to Industrial and Organizational Psychology student Andrea Garry, whose symposium submission was accepted for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) 36th annual conference, a hybrid event that will be held April 15-17, 2021. Andrea’s research—which she did in collaboration with Assistant Professor Archana Tedone—is titled: The Moderating Effect of Home Workspace Design on the Relationship Between Technostress and Mental Fatigue.
Andrea was also part of the team that placed second in the Personnel Testing Council Metropolitan Washington’s (PTCMW) 2020 Graduate Student Consulting Challenge, sponsored by Amazon. Student teams were presented with a request for proposal (RFP) that outlined a real organizational challenge. Andrea and her teammates from peer institutions created a selection protocol with request parameters for Amazon. They were given three days to submit an RFP and oral presentation, which was delivered virtually on the final day to a panel of judges that included experts in I-O psychology and related areas from PTCMW and Amazon.
The consulting challenge was developed in 2014 by PTCMW to allow students to develop key professional skills, while expanding their professional networks and winning great prizes—the winning team wins $1,350, the runner‐up team wins $750, and every participating team receives a free year of PTCMW student membership.
Capstone Course: Virtual Trip to Silicon Valley, CA
Due the global 2020 global pandemic, students in the M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) and Graduate Certificate in Global IOP programs completed the global engagement portion of their capstone course with a week-long virtual trip to Silcon Valley, CA. The students met with leaders from start-up to fully mature multinational companies, including Intuit, Google, Salesforce, Culture Amp, Numerify, Solaredge, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Houzz and Pulse Secure. Watch the students deliver 5-minute Ignite presentations about their experiences studying and visiting these companies.
Capstone Course: Consulting Project for Truvelop
IO psychology students and faculty at Baltimore start-up, Truvelop. The students worked on a consulting project for the company as part of their capstone projects.
Winterim Course: Barcelona, Spain
IO psychology students studying in Barcelona as part of the 2020 organizational theory and development winterim course, visited printer manufacturing company EPSON IBERICA to gain practical insights into their HR operations and strategies. Our students were joined by their counterparts from Universitat de Barcelona.
Professor Glazer Presents at ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute in Portugal
In fall 2019, Prof. Sharon Glazer was invited to ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute in Portugal to conduct a series of workshops on cross-cultural occupational stress. She's pictured here (3rd row, 3rd from the right) with master's students from ISCTE.
2019 IOP Graduates
2019 IO Psychology graduates pictured with professor and chair, Sharon Glazer (third from right)
2019 SIOP Conference in Washington, D.C.
UB faculty, students and alumni at the 2019 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference in Washington, D.C.
2018 SIOP Conference in Chicago, IL
UB students and alumni networking at the 2018 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference in Chicago, IL.
IOP Students Take First Place at Graduate Counseling Competition
Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate student Jay Souder (2nd from the right) and his teammates from other universities (pictured) took 1st place in the Personnel Testing Council Metropolitan Washington's annual graduate consulting competition held on Nov. 8, 2017 at George Washington University.
IOP Faculty, Students and Alumni Attend Conference at the Maryland State Highway Administration
Program director Thomas Mitchell (center) with students and alumni attending the Modernization Project kickoff conference at the Maryland State Highway Administration.
2017 IOP Graduates
Group shot of the 2017 I-O psychology graduates.
2017 SIOP Conference in Orlando, FL
Program director Thomas Mitchell (front row, center) and his students at the 2017 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference in Orlando, FL.
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Admission at email@example.com, 410.837.6565.