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The only master's level Industrial and Organizational psychology program acknowledged by the Society of Human Resources Management for following its minimum standards for HR degree programs. Business Psychology

M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Internship/Thesis Track, Human Resources Concentration

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time, 3 Years Part-Time

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology provides students with strong foundational skills that many companies and organizations rely on when addressing assessment, engagement, retention, and productivity of workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States. Only offered at the […]

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology provides students with strong foundational skills that many companies and organizations rely on when addressing assessment, engagement, retention, and productivity of workers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States.

Only offered at the Chicago campus, this is one of the only psychology programs in the US aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines.

Guided by practitioner faculty, M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Strategic human resource management
  • Managing organizational diversity
  • SHRM PHR/SPHR certification preparation
  • Personnel selection
  • Performance appraisal
  • Training
  • Leadership
  • Motivation

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

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

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

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Organizational Leadership

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.

The M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology with an HR Concentration has been endorsed by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). An analysis of the M.A. Industrial and Organization Psychology curriculum was conducted to determine the degree of overlap between program competencies and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) content areas and competencies. Consequently, students who obtain the M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources will be prepared to sit for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam offered through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), assuming any experiential requirements have been met for the exam. Aligning ourselves with an organization like SHRM enhances our ability to prepare our students to be successful human resources professionals.

Additional experience in a professional-level HR position may be required. Please visit www.hrci.org  for more details.

Students must complete two 300 credit hour internships (for a total of 600 hours of internship experience). The internship should involve the student in learning specific, transferable, I/O-relevant or HR-relevant professional skills. All internship must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.

Application to the M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Industrial/Organizational 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 making sure to 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.
      • 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
      • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
    • Aside from general admission requirements, the Internship/Thesis Track requires an applicant to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better two (2) specific undergraduate courses:
      • One course in Psychology, and
      • One course in Statistics or Quantitative Psychology
      • Applicants in the Thesis/Internship Track who have not previously successfully completed an undergraduate statistics or quantitative psychology course with the Chicago School will be enrolled according to the policies outlined in the Student at Large section of this Catalog prior to be admitted to the program. Applicants in the Thesis/Internship Track who have not previously successfully completed an undergraduate course in psychology must complete the course in accordance with the policies outlined in the Thesis/Internship Track Progression Requirements section of the catalog.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping 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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