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.

Overview of the field of Industrial Organizational Psychology, the careers available in the field, and the ethical and legal issues that an Industrial Organizational Psychology professional will encounter and overcome. This course will cover the concepts involved in 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. This is the first of two research and statistics courses introducing research methods and statistics broadly including descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis testing, and the methods and analysis of experiments. Statistical tests covered includes t-tests, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and multivariate analysis. Ends with a competency assessment with a deliverable for student portfolio showing potential employers your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Prerequisites:

Analyze the 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. Learn how to use that analysis to write vacancy ads and recruit talent to fill open positions, including finding the most desirable candidates for interview and selection processes.

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Organizational Development is responsible for the assessment of organizational needs and the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to facilitate professional development to support the organizational performance and growth. This course will cover conflict management, talent management, change management, effective design and analyzation of organizational surveys, and professional and organizational development from the results of such surveys.

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.

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.

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Corequisites:

Use job analysis data to identify essential job requirements (specialized experience, competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or traits), write better vacancy announcements, and prepare effective assessment plans that measure applicants’ abilities. This course covers both OPM’s requirements and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

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Overview of employee training methods, design, development, and evaluation procedures, including cost/benefit analysis. Emphasis is placed 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. Students apply these concepts in a real-world scenario project.

Prerequisites:

Overview of employee training methods, design, development, and evaluation procedures, including cost/benefit analysis. Emphasis is placed 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. Students apply these concepts in a real-world scenario project.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

Overview and comprehensive coverage of statistical tests and analyses of common Industrial Organizational Psychology business and research demands. This is the second of two research and statistics courses and cover surveys, including reliability and validity, factor analysis, qualitative research, and correlational design and analyses, ending with a competency assessment with a deliverable for your portfolio showing potential employers your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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.

OR

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:

Combines Data Science with IO Psychology common analytics using R. Students conduct many statistical analyses in R that they are already familiar with. Additionally, they build on this foundation to explore new skillsets uncommon in the social sciences, such as natural language processing, automated data curation, and machine learning. R: I will focus on fundamental R programming.

Prerequisites:

Combines Data Science with IO Psychology common analytics using R. Students conduct many statistical analyses in R that they are already familiar with. Additionally, they build on this foundation to explore new skillsets uncommon in the social sciences, such as natural language processing, automated data curation, and machine learning. R: II will focus on traditional social scientific statistical analyses and visualization, and new data science skills.

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Overview of the different organizational planning strategies that are employed by Organizational Psychology professionals or consultants, including applied projects to demonstrate ability to develop a plan, calculate that Return on Investment, write a technical report and consult an organization on the plan and its details.

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Overview of Program Evaluation theories, concepts, and techniques to evaluate program effectiveness in a variety of private- and public-sectors. The focus of this course will be on formative and summative evaluation, logic models, and understanding indicators and measures, steps, and standards of program evaluation and how to address common concerns.

Prerequisites:

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.

OR

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:

Prepare for the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exam as many positions in IO Psychology require project management experience and/or a PMP certification. The course covers initiating projects, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. The last week of the course includes the CAPM certification exam.

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Workforce Analytics changes the way organizations recruit, engage, and increase productivity. This course explores the use of workforce analytics with human capital to engage employees, make fact-based strategic and competitive decisions based on analytics, conduct simulations, forecasts, and predictions to improve the overall condition of an organization based on the plans and goals. Improve thinking with workforce intelligence by determining impact, choosing metrics, collecting data, report metrics, and analyze findings.

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Comprehensive overview of compensation strategies and systems designed to attract and retain high performance individuals, while ensuring gender and diversity equality. It examines methods and processes for compensation practitioners such as job analysis, job documentation, and job evaluation. Considerations and evaluation techniques will be a focus for the applied portions of this course.

Prerequisites:

Overview of the different technology used in IO Psychology professions by combining the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in the entire program with the technology programs used in many businesses. This course serves to provide experience to report on a resume and deliverables to show prospective employers. The course will explore such programs as Cornerstone, Tableau, Taleo, HRIS, Word, Excel, SPSS, R, and more.

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.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term.  Application requirements are as follows:

  1. Application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee (this fee will be applied to tuition costs if they applicant matriculates into the program).
  3. 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 courses including General Psychology, Human Development, Social Psychology*, Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis (or similar), and Research Methods (or similar).
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

*Recommended, not required.

  1. Resume with a minimum of one (1) year employment at the time of application.
  2. Letters of Recommendation from two (2) professors from your baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in the United States, or from professional sources.
  3. 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:
      • 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.
      • Does the applicant show an ability to critically think through a decision-making experience?
      • Does the Marian University Industrial Organizational Psychology program appear to meet the goals and expectations of the applicant?

Instructions:

    • Write a personal statement indicating what you expect to learn and achieve from the Industrial Organizational Psychology M.S. 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 want you to know that we respect your confidentiality.

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 Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920.923.8726 or 1-800-2-MARIAN ext. 8726
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.

Professor Amy Hennings

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

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

Faculty Gina Possin

Gina Possin, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
920.923.8733
gaanderson00@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