M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Internship Track, Human Resources Concentration in Chicago
This one-of-a-kind program is the nation's first and only master's level I/O program acknowledged by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) for following its recommended minimum standards for HR degree programs. It is designed for current human resources professionals who want to gain specialized training to offer pragmatic solutions based on industry best practices and behavioral sciences.
Offered exclusively at our Chicago Campus, the Human Resources concentration within the M.A. in I/O Psychology program prepares students to be successful and impactful HR professionals.
Students in this track take several specialized courses (such as Strategic Human Resource Management, Managing Organizational Diversity, and the SHRM PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course), preparing them to sit for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam offered through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
The Chicago School's Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis master's program applies the discipline's assessment skills and feedback mechanisms in the program itself. Chicago Campus students secure internships at sites ranging from large international companies to small boutique consulting firms and nonprofit social service agencies through partnerships with more than 40 organizations.
Human Resource Management concentration prepares students to sit for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam offered through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
Internship Track: Two supervised internships of 300 hours each
Program Time to Completion
2 years full time, 3 years part time
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
- A course in Statistics or Quantitative Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
- A course in Research Methods or Experimental Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
Reviews the principal theories of leadership and how leadership is developed. Examines leadership in the context of managing continuous change emphasizing the challenges of multinational corporations working across cultures. Supports self-assessment as students gain knowledge in the key theories and principles of the management/leadership continuum. Reviews practices that I/O psychologists use to develop organizational leaders.
Training: Theory, Design and Evaluation
Provides an examination of the design and implementation of effective training programs in organizations. Addresses critical areas such as conducting needs analyses of the organization, the job, and the individuals performing the job. Students learn and apply modern learning theories, principles of adult learning, and cross-cultural issues and develop their ability to evaluate training, especially the transfer of training, to the workplace.
Organizational Attitudes and Survey Development
Reviews and integrates the extensive literature on the determinants and consequences of job satisfaction, involvement, culture, and commitment with a focus on using this research base for organization diagnosis and intervention. Addresses questionnaire use and development, as well as other methods of measurement. Includes psychometrics in relation to survey development.
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