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Earn a Master in Industrial and Organizational Psychology online with an Applied Research Project (ARP) Track at The Chicago School. Business Psychology

M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Applied Research Project (ARP) Track

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time / 4 Years Part-Time

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States. The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology online, Applied Research Project (ARP) Track is a non-licensure program that provides students with strong foundational skills that many companies and organizations rely on when addressing […]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States. The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology online, Applied Research Project (ARP) Track is a non-licensure program that provides students with strong foundational skills that many companies and organizations rely on when addressing assessment, engagement, retention, and productivity of workers.

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Personnel selection
  • Performance appraisal
  • Training
  • Leadership
  • Motivation

Graduates from the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, ARP Track program are prepared to apply their highly sought-after skills to a wide range of fields and professions, including:

  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofit

Combining principles of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and consulting, students will complete an Applied Research Project, providing them the opportunity to apply the approaches they are learning to an authentic workplace situation.

M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Online: Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.

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Organizational Culture and Design

This course explores organizations at the organizational level, examining the relationship between culture and organization design, structure, and environment. It examines the impact of change in strategy and technology, environmental turbulence, and organizational maturity, and reviews organization development as a means to advance the changing nature of organization. Supporting topics include corporate ethics, life cycle and control, organizational climate, and globalization. Students create an organizational change strategy for a company in turmoil.

Performance Management

This course builds the skills of measuring and improving business performance at the individual and team level. It focuses on developing a culture of performance and rewarding that performance. Supporting topics include legal issues of performance appraisal, multi-source methods of appraisal, and models for multi-year performance management. Students analyze their organization’s performance system and revise it based on theory and best practices.

Organizational Team Dynamics

This course explores organizations at the team level, examining the relationship between employees and teams and organizations and teams. Students practice assessing and facilitating team processes to maximize productivity and results for members and stakeholders. It addresses how to get things done when teams lack leadership or authority. Supporting topics include how to build teams, how to manage meetings, how to build relationships beyond the team, and how to keep teams effective over their life span. The course uses real time teams—both virtual and face-to-face.

Students in the ARP track complete five credit hours of work (broken into ten eight-week terms of .5 CH each) over the course of their studies that guide them through the process of writing the Applied Research Project. A faculty member will approve and supervise the project through these courses.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Preparatory Coursework

Aside from general admission requirements, this program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better) two (2) specific undergraduate courses:

  1. one course in psychology, and
  2. one course in statistics or quantitative psychology.

Applicants who otherwise meet the admissions requirements of the program, but who have not previously successfully completed at least one undergraduate course in psychology and one undergraduate course in statistics or quantitative psychology will be required to fulfill these admission requirements prior to enrolling in this program through the completion of Preparatory Coursework . Applicants should review the Preparatory Coursework policy and the Program of Study page for additional details.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N. Orleans St. STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the M.A Industrial and Organizational Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three letters of recommendation

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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