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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how the MPS-Industrial Organizational Psychology can empower you to meet your goals, contact the academic program director, Dr. Nikita Arun via e-mail: iomps@umd.edu.

Curriculum Overview & Learning Outcomes

The MPS-Industrial/Organizational Psychology is a 30-credit, 10-course graduate program that features a broad foundation on organizational topics—including the application of research and statistical methods in business, the handling and analysis of large datasets, the methods of motivating, selecting, and developing employees, and the skill of managing organizational change. Through evidence-based best practices and the ability to ask and answer the questions that matter in the workplace, you’ll improve your marketable expertise and statistical skills, and graduate to a new world of career flexibility, mobility and advancement. Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and research trends in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
  • Use the concepts, language and major theories of Industrial/Organizational Psychology to discuss and evaluate organizational practices and psychological research.
  • Understand methodology that is used for research in Industrial/Organizational psychology.
  • Critically examine published research to determine the strengths and weakness of this research and appreciate the limitations of published findings.
  • Understand legal and ethical issues in Industrial/Organizational psychology and research and the ethical standards to protect humans subject research participants and employees.
  • Understand the general goals of selection and training and the characteristics of valid and reliable assessment instruments.
  • Summarize empirically supported approaches to selecting, developing, and retaining employees.
  • Understand how culture and diversity are related to issues of individual and organizational success.
  • Understand various career trajectories within industrial/organizational psychology including issues in selecting and applying to doctoral programs. 
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