M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- San Diego, CA
- Full-Time, Part-Time
- 2 Years Full-Time, 3 Years Part-Time
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States. The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis Track enables students to gain the essential diagnostic and consultative skills to help organizations and the individuals within them solve problems, perform effectively, and work on […]
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing vocational field in the United States. The Chicago School’s M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis Track enables students to gain the essential diagnostic and consultative skills to help organizations and the individuals within them solve problems, perform effectively, and work on assessment skills and feedback mechanisms to the program itself. Students not only learn how to design and implement assessment centers and 360-degree feedback tools, but they also benefit by participating in these very same practices to identify their own strengths and to improve developmental areas.
Guided by practitioner faculty, students will cover a wide range of topics, including personnel selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, and organizational culture and behavior.
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:
- Human resources
Industrial and Organizational Psychology students may choose to complete the program through two 300 hour internships at one of the department’s approved sites or at a student’s current work place, or they may complete a thesis in place of an internship. 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: San Diego Student Experience
Maintaining partnerships with local organizations and businesses throughout Southern California, our San Diego Campus provides students opportunities to engage in hands-on training and apply classroom theory in real-world situations. By serving diverse and underserved neighborhoods and communities, students will develop a global worldview that can be applied to a career in any field.
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.
Students who choose the internship option complete two 300 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.
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 from 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.
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. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, the admission essay, and letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to support their applications. Students must choose their track (Internship/Thesis or Applied Research Project) upon admission.
There are separate applications for the campus-based and online format tracks of the MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for our M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology program; however, we encourage students to submit their scores to enhance their application. Please note that you must have your official scores sent to The Chicago School (School Code 1119). Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, deadlines, and letters of recommendation.
Additional Thesis/Internship Track Admission Requirements
Aside from general admission requirements, the Thesis/Internship 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 below.
Thesis/Internship Track Progression Requirements
This program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better) at least one (1) undergraduate course in psychology by the end of their first semester (second term for online students) of study. Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through one of the following options:
- A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 380 – Introduction to Psychology
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at The Chicago School
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at another regionally accredited institution
Applicants accepted with no previous undergraduate psychology coursework will be required to register for TCS 380 in their first ground semester or online term. All students must then meet this progression requirement by the end of their first semester (second term for online students) of study. Students who do not successfully fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to register in any future coursework in the program of study until this requirement is met. Extensions can be granted by the Program Chair or designee when extenuating circumstances prevent completion of the requirement in the specified timeframe. Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair for consideration.
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