Prepare for a high-demand career helping organizations reach their full potential.

Industrial organizational psychology professionals are in high demand as today’s companies seek to improve employee satisfaction, health, performance and productivity. You can help businesses understand behavior in the workplace and how to make that work for them. Graduates make their career in the field of IO Psychology in various industries including:

  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Marketing & Communications

Marian University’s 100% online Industrial Organizational Psychology master’s program prepares students to work with today’s workplace and employees by emphasizing relevant social and global perspectives that reflect the most recent ethical and legal standards and guidelines. Build on your practical knowledge by choosing to complete either a thesis or a practicum experience.

For more than 80 years, Marian has been educating and training future professionals like you who understand the needs of businesses and how to help them and their employees reach their full potential.

As a Marian MPath Flexible Program student, you’ll benefit from:

  • 100% online course format
  • Twelve possible starts per year
  • Choose new courses every 4 weeks
  • Custom degree completion plan at student-set pace
  • Finish your degree in as little as 16 months

Be in High Demand with New Skills in IO Psychology! 100% Online Program.





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MPath Online Program Schedule: Flexible Program

The online Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology is designed for professionals who are ready to make a difference in companies and their workforce. Further your education with the convenience of a program made to fit the lives of independent adult learners like yourself. The Flexible Program provides 12 convenient starts per year and non-sequential courses often without pre-requisites, making it easy to set your own pace and design your completion plan.

As a Marian MPath student you’ll move through the Flexible Program with a clear path ahead to your MS in IO and the start of a new career. Comprehensive distance learning support and a robust, interactive learning experience available day or night round out your education. Marian recognizes where you’ve come from and what you need to move forward into the future you are envisioning.

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Curriculum

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

36 Credits Total

32 credits as follows:

Introduction to the field of Industrial Organizational Psychology and the careers available in the field, including both the Industrial (job analysis, recruitment, selection and assessment; performance evaluation and individual training) and organizational (maximizing organizational performance: organizational development, group and team dynamics and training, leadership and change management) sides of IO Psychology.

Overview and comprehensive coverage of statistical tests and analyses of common Industrial Organizational Psychology business demands. Introduction to research and statistics; descriptive statistics; and identification of different statistical tests and when to use each

Prerequisites:

Field-based exploration of experimental statistical tests, design, and analyses with a deliverable portfolio showing potential employers knowledge, skills and abilities.

Exploration and application of various aspects in jobs to identify appropriate job requirements (specialized experience, competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or traits) to develop selection, recruitment, and selection systems; training programs; and performance evaluation systems.

Application of job analyses to write vacancy ads and recruit talent to fill open positions, including finding the most desirable candidates for interview and selection processes. Overview of different recruiting techniques that are legal and ethical, and inclusive of diversity.

Examination of concepts in conflict management, talent management, change management, effective design and analyzation of organizational surveys, and professional and organizational development from the results of such surveys. Exploration of the assessment of organizational needs and the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to facilitate professional development to support the organizational performance and growth.

Application of conflict management, talent management, change management, effective design, and analyzation of organizational surveys, and professional and organizational development from the results of such surveys.

Study of selection assessment planning and execution using job analysis data (specialized experience, competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or traits), to measure applicants’ abilities and write high quality, inclusive job descriptions and advertisements. Examines both OPM’s requirements and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

Prerequisites:

Field-based application of psychometrics using job analysis data to prepare effective assessment plans that measure applicants’ abilities to meet essential job requirements (specialized experience, competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or traits).

Explanation of employee training methods, design, development, and evaluation procedures, including cost/benefit analysis. Emphasis on Adult Learning Theory, performing needs analyses, using job analysis or performance evaluation data to design a training program, and maximizing adult learning and transfer.

Overview and application of employee training methods, design, development, and evaluation procedures, including cost/benefit analysis. Emphasis on how to perform a needs analysis, how to use job analysis or performance evaluation data to design a training program, and how to maximize adult learning and transfer.

Exploration of performance appraisal/evaluation systems, legality, and other issues with rating systems. Examination of development/training opportunities with performance gaps and termination situations and protocol.

Application of Performance Appraisal/Evaluation systems including legality and other issues with rating and systems, identification of development/training opportunities with performance gaps, and termination best practices.

Prerequisites:

Overview of survey and assessment design, including reliability and validity, factor analysis. Field-based application of survey and assessment resulting in deliverable for prospective employment portfolio.

Prerequisites:

Overview of qualitative and correlational statistical tests and analyses of common Industrial Organizational Psychology business and research demands. Field-based application of analyses resulting in deliverables for prospective employment portfolio.

Prerequisites:

Field-based application of statistical analyses using R studio, including data import, cleaning, analyses, and manipulation for business-friendly data interpretation and decision making. The first of four sections in the overall comprehension of R for I/O Psychology-related data analytics.

Prerequisites:

Field-based application of statistical analyses using R studio, including mutating joins, filtering joins and set operations, assembling data, and string manipulation with regular expressions for business-friendly data interpretation and decision-making. The second of four sections in the overall comprehension of R for I/O Psychology-related data analytics.

Prerequisites:

Field-based application of statistical analyses using R studio, including data visualization using ggplot2, ANOVA, and linear regression analyses in R studio, and report generation for business-friendly data interpretation and decision-making. The third or four sections in the overall comprehension of R for I/O Psychology-related data analytics.

Prerequisites:

Field-based application of statistical analyses using R studio, including API page comparison, web scrape, scatterplots, machine learning, and basic text mining techniques for business-friendly data interpretation and decision-making. The final of four sections in the overall comprehension of R for I/O Psychology-related data analytics.

Examination of different organizational planning strategies employed by Organizational Psychology professionals such as succession and strategic planning. Application of tools in I/O Psychology case studies and projects.

Examination and application of various organizational consulting strategies employed by organizational psychology practitioners, including applied projects, return on investment, technical reports and consulting.

Examination of program evaluation theories, concepts, and techniques to evaluate program effectiveness in a variety of private- and public-sectors. Emphasis on formative and summative evaluation, logic models, understanding indicators and measures, steps, and standards of program evaluation.

Application of program evaluation concepts and techniques to evaluate program effectiveness in a variety of private-and public-sectors. Emphasis on formative and summative evaluation, logic models, understanding indicators and measures, steps, and standards of program evaluation.

Overview and application of important strategies, decision making, and steps taken to initiate and plan projects. The first of two project management courses.

Prerequisites:

Examination and application of the steps in project management including initiating projects, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. Designed in preparation for optional CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam.

Prerequisites:

Exploration of the principles of workforce analytics with human capital to engage employees; make fact-based strategic and competitive decisions based on analytics. Identification of metrics aligning with strategic goals, calculating financial impacts of initiatives and examination of workforce analytics to solve business difficulties and demands.

Prerequisites:

Application of workforce analytics techniques and principles to engage employees; make fact-based strategic and competitive decisions based on analytics. Identification of metrics aligning with strategic goals, calculating financial impacts of initiatives, and application of workforce analytics to solve business difficulties and demands.

Overview of ethical and legal compensation strategies and systems designed to attract and retain high performance individuals, while ensuring gender and diversity equality.

Application of compensation strategies and systems designed to attract and retain high performance individuals, while ensuring ethical and legal methods and processes for compensation practitioners. Considerations and evaluation techniques applied.

Examination and application of different software technologies used in I/O Psychology professions. Applies knowledge, skills, and abilities in I/O Psychology with the technology programs used in many businesses. Provides experience to report on a resume and deliverables to show prospective employers. First of two courses.

Examination and application of different software technologies used in I/O Psychology professions. Applies knowledge, skills, and abilities in I/O Psychology with the technology programs used in many businesses. Provides experience to report on a resume and deliverables to show prospective employers. Second of two courses.

Elective Courses: (4 credits) 
Must choose either sequence

Prerequisites:

Complete a thesis project which involves proposing, designing, implementing, and analyzing research on a topic in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Thesis I involves choosing a topic, writing a prospectus and proposal, and receiving approval from the thesis committee and program director.

Prerequisites:

Complete a thesis project which involves proposing, designing, implementing, and analyzing research on a topic in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Thesis II involves completing the thesis proposal document and successfully defending the proposal with the thesis committee.

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Complete a thesis project which involves proposing, designing, implementing, and analyzing research on a topic in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Thesis III involves completing the IRB approval process and data collection.

Prerequisites:

Complete a thesis project which involves proposing, designing, implementing, and analyzing research on a topic in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Thesis IV involves completing and defending the thesis project.

OR

As part of the Master’s Degree, students may choose to complete a practicum experience with 225 hours of on the job experience which will culminate in a portfolio of work samples. Practicum I involves choosing an area of focus, securing a practicum site/position, and receiving approval from the program director.

Prerequisites:

Complete a practicum experience with 225 hours of on the job experience which will culminate in a portfolio of work samples. Practicum II involves completing the first 75 hours of the practicum and submitting a supervisor evaluation and work samples.

Prerequisites:

Complete a practicum experience with 225 hours of on the job experience which will culminate in a portfolio of work samples. Practicum III involves completing an additional 75 hours of the practicum and submitting a supervisor evaluation and work samples.

Prerequisites:

Complete a practicum experience with 225 hours of on the job experience which will culminate in a portfolio of work samples. Practicum IV involves completing the final 75 hours of the practicum and submitting a supervisor evaluation and work samples.

Program Mission

The IO Psychology program at Marian is perfect for working professionals who want a high-quality degree with the flexibility they need as adult learners. The program aims to develop scientist-practitioners who seek to incorporate evidence-based practices in their careers, bettering the workplace for the organization, stakeholders, and employees. The use of the most current, evidence-based practices will be the basis of this program and continuation of such practice will be paramount to the success of the Industrial Organizational Psychology professional.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completion of this program, candidates will:

  1. Demonstrate a solid fundamental knowledge of psychology as a discipline. This includes both knowledge of the history and current trends of the field, theoretical foundations, concepts and constructs within the field, and the divisions within the broad field of I/O Psychology.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge and ability of both the scientific and applied aspects of I/O Psychology. This includes being knowledgeable about forming hypotheses, collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data necessary to test hypotheses backed by evidence-based foundations and think critically about the obtained results. This further includes applying knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform analyses and graphics in R stats and contribute meaningful recommendations for an applied setting. A thesis or practicum will be an additional source of learning and proof of mastery.
  3. Apply the fundamentals of I/O Psychology, which include ethical and legal issues, research and statistics, job analysis, organizational development, selection and assessment with psychometrics, training and development, performance evaluation, organizational planning and consulting, program evaluation, workforce analytics, compensation, and technological programs in I/O.
  4. Be knowledgeable in the practice of I/O psychology by applying the concepts of I/O psychology to organizations and employees.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and abilities in applying social and global perspectives to reflect the most recent ethical and legal standards and guidelines in I/O Psychology.
  6. Communicate effectively, using appropriate language, terminology, and scientific explanations, for each specific audience, in written and interpersonal communication. This includes transferring scientific/analytic language to a more business-friendly language in consulting and technical reports, where appropriate.

 

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Admission Checklist

1. Application

$50 Application fee waived if applying online.

2. Official Transcripts

  • College/university transcripts send directly from the registrar of a previous institution verifying completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in the United States.
  • Psychology undergraduate work including General Psychology, Human Development, Social Psychology, Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis (or similar), and Research Methods (or similar). Applicants who do not meet these can fulfill this requirement with the completion of Marian’s content domains, in psychology and/or research and statistics, scoring an 80% or higher prior to admission into the program if all other requirements are met.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

3. Resume with a minimum of one (1) year employment at the time of application.

4. Letters of Recommendation from two (2) professors from your baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, or from professional sources.

5. The Personal Statement (approximately 500 words) explaining your career goals. You must be the sole author of this statement, having obtained no assistance (this includes editing) from other individuals. You must adhere to APA 6th Ed. guidelines.

As you complete the Personal Statement, explaining your career goals and how this program, specifically, will help you achieve that goal. See instructions below for more specific information. This document bears considerable weight in the admission processes. The Admission Committee reviews all applicants to consider three specific areas:

1) Does the applicant demonstrate college-level written communication skills? Particular

attention is paid to mechanics (grammar, punctuation, and spelling), the logical

organization of material, analysis of issues, support of positions, and clarity of thought.

2) Does the applicant show an ability to critically think through a decision-making

experience?

3) Does the Marian University Industrial Organizational Psychology program appear to meet the goals and expectations of the applicant?


Personal Statement Instructions

  • Write a personal statement indicating what you expect to learn and achieve from the MS Industrial Organizational Psychology program.
  • How will the Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology degree enhance your career plans?
    • Project the kind of position you anticipate having five years after you earn this degree.
    • What experiences have you had that form the foundation for your goals?
      • Give an example of a decision making process you have encountered.

We encourage you to share with us some personal insights about experiences that have influenced your professional life.

We consider it a privilege to read your essay and want you to know that we respect your essay and your confidentiality.

 

Application Review

The Admission Committee will review these documents when they are received, and you will be contacted regarding your acceptance into the program. If a personal interview is required, you will be notified, and a mutually convenient time will be established.

If you have any questions or concerns during this process, please contact:

Adult & Online Studies
45 South National Avenue
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-923-8726 or 800-2-MARIAN ext. 8726
or adult_online@marianuniversity.edu

Marian University is an affirmative action/equal employer educator that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.

Marian University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Professor Amy Hennings

Amy Hennings, PhD, LCPC
Associate Professor & Chair
Psychology Department
920.923.8528
alhennings55@marianuniversity.edu

Ciara Kidder Headshot

Ciara Kidder, M.A.
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
920.923.8733
ckkidder08@marianuniversity.edu

Gina Possin Headshot

Gina Possin, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
920.923.8733
gapossin00@marianuniversity.edu

 

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If you have any questions or concerns during this process, please contact:

Adult & Online Studies
45 South National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920.923.8726 or 1-800-2-MARIAN ext. 8726
adult_online@marianuniversity.edu