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Program Overview


Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology is the study of people in formal organizations, including the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational psychology is the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. IO psychologists work throughout industry – in consulting, human resources and training departments, government, research, and academia – to improve the well-being and outcomes of employees and organizations. IO psychologists also help organizations recruit, hire, train, retain, evaluate, and promote the best talent; cultivate and change organizational processes and culture; develop leaders; drive business decisions using theory and data; and improve diversity and inclusion efforts and impact in organizations.

Make yourself an invaluable member of the team in virtually any setting with the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The MPS-Industrial/Organizational Psychology 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. The program helps drive a more productive workplace by targeting employee development, retention, and performance for companies and organizations.

The MPS-Industrial/Organizational Psychology is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in as little as fifteen months while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. 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.

The MPS-Industrial/Organizational Psychology features traditional seminar-style, in-person instruction that is supplemented with online learning. Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. Courses are supplemented with pre-recorded online lectures and outside activities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content (materials and activities) through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).

Program Contact Information

The MPS-Industrial/Organizational Psychology is offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The program provides rigorous training in the scientific principles and methods of IO Psychology that increases your ability to have a dramatic impact in the workplace. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Nikita Arun
Department of Psychology
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
1121 Biology-Psychology Building
4094 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4411

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