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M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Internship/Thesis Track

  • Irvine, CA
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time, 3 Years Part-Time

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis Track 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. Guided by […]

The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis Track 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.

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

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

To supplement our programs with a truly hands-on learning experience, ConCISE, a student run consulting firm, was born to provide solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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Graduates from the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis Track program are prepared to apply their skills to a variety of fields and professions, including:

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

Students may choose to complete the program through an internship at one of the department’s approved sites or current work place, or they may complete a thesis in place of an internship and one elective. The thesis option requires completion of two courses, Thesis I and II, and selection of a faculty member to serve as an advisor.

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

Our Irvine campus, is located in Orange County next to UC Irvine in the heart of University Plaza. Over 100 national and multinational businesses are headquartered in Irvine, opening up significant networking and job opportunities.

Our Irvine campus is also home to one of our well-known Chicago School counseling centers, which provide students the extraordinary opportunity to apply to gain real-world training at the centers while also learning marketing and operations related to running a private practice or mental health clinic.

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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.

Internship Option

Students who choose the internship option 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 internships must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.

Thesis Option

Students may choose to complete a thesis instead of completing the internship requirements. The thesis option is comprised of two courses, Thesis I and Thesis II. The student must get approval of the Business Psychology Department Chair to enroll in these courses. The student must also select a faculty member to serve as thesis advisor. This faculty member will supervise the thesis.

Note: Students pursuing this option do not have an option for a general elective but will take a diversity elective.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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.

  • 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. If you are mailing your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
    • 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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