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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the program director, Dr. Nikita Arun via e-mail: iomps@umd.edu.

  • 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.
  • Full-time students enroll in two 3-credit courses (6 credits) over the course of five 12-week terms (15 months).
  • This program is designed for working professionals who desire advanced knowledge in industrial and organizational psychology to enter, advance, or expand their career options. 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.

In-Person Learning 

  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction. 
  • Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. 
  • Classes are held weekday evenings (e.g., after 5:00 p.m.) to accommodate the working professional’s schedule.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Learning

  • All courses are supplemented with online materials and activities.
  • UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • 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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