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The M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program prepares graduates to apply to effectively guide organizations and individuals to success. Business Psychology

M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Internship/Thesis Track

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time, 3 Years Part-Time

Many companies rely on Industrial and Organizational (I/O)  psychology professionals to gain a competitive edge. Professionals who can identify what motivates individuals and teams to meet organizational goals continue to be in high demand in the world of business. Students in the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at our Los Angeles campus study a variety […]

Many companies rely on Industrial and Organizational (I/O)  psychology professionals to gain a competitive edge. Professionals who can identify what motivates individuals and teams to meet organizational goals continue to be in high demand in the world of business. Students in the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at our Los Angeles campus study a variety of topics including personnel selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, and motivation.

Graduates are prepared to apply principles of psychology and business to effectively guide organizations and individuals to success. Students benefit from exceptional theoretical classroom training coupled with opportunities for a broad range of real-world learning experiences.

Students in the I/O Psychology master’s program choose from two specialized tracks.

Internship Track

Combines intensive coursework that balances theory and practice with two supervised internships, providing students with real-world experience to develop relevant and transferable skills. Students may choose one of the Business Psychology Department’s approved internship sites or get approval to fulfill this requirement at their current work place. Students benefit from exceptional theoretical classroom training coupled with a broad range of real-world learning opportunities, including two supervised internships.

The I/O and Business Psychology Department has developed formal partnerships with dozens of organizations nationwide to assist students in finding their two required placements. Chicago School Industrial and Organizational psychology students secure internships at sites ranging from large international marketing research companies to small boutique consulting firms and nonprofit social service agencies.

Thesis Track

Students may complete a thesis in place of an internship and one elective. This option also requires completion of two courses, Thesis I and II and selection of a faculty member to serve as thesis advisor.

 

M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Los Angeles Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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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 internship must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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. 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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