M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration
The 42-credit Industrial and Organizational (I-O) 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 I-O psychology?
I-O 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, I-O 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 I-O psychologists play in organizations' success, job opportunities in the field continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has labeled I-O psychology the fastest growing occupation, with a median pay of over $77,350.
Study Abroad for FREE
Each year, the I-O psychology program offers study abroad opportunities comprised of a face-to-face phase, a 10-day trip to either University of Barcelona (Spain) or University of Pau-Bayonne (France), and a virtual collaborative team project with students from the host institution. Learn more about these opportunities and how you can study abroad for free.
What's the difference between an M.S. and an M.P.S.?
The I-O 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 I-O psychology program is developing students' competencies that far surpass basic knowledge and research. Students gain the advantage of not only “doing” I-O 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, I-O 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 I-O psychology. It is also not regarded the same by industry professionals and academics.
Our program is the only M.S. in I-O 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 I-O psychology students develop?
The I-O 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 I-O 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 I-O 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 I-O 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 I-O psychology field experience to further enhance your classroom learning, including:
Hear more about the I-O psychology program from students Bryson Barksdale and Derrick Scheetz...
I-O Psychology Spotlights
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Graduate and International Admission and Enrollment at email@example.com or 410.837.6565.