Master’s in Psychology (MA) Degree: Industrial-Organizational Specialization

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Why A Graduate Degree in Psychology with an Industrial-Organizational Specialization?

The Industrial-Organizational specialization is perfect for students who would like to apply concepts and techniques from psychology within a business environment. I-O practitioners develop ways for helping businesses solve problems and operate in domains such as talent management, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and more.

Why Pursue an Industrial-Organizational Specialization at Iona?

A Scientist-Practitioner Model

Iona's master's program in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model. Students receive training in I-O content-based areas, research methods, and data analytics, and have the opportunity to apply their professional knowledge and skills during an internship.

Develop a Strong Foundation While Gaining Valuable Experience

Many of our courses provide an excellent foundation in the field covering important topics such as work motivation, training and development, organizational behavior management, and employee engagement, to name a few. During the internship, students apply and further develop the knowledge and skills learned through their courses to engage in I-O best practices with actual clients on site.

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Learn From and Receive Guidance from Active Professionals

I-O program faculty are experts in the field, combining distinguished academic credentials with practical research and real-world experience. Faculty provide individualized attention and guidance so that students can succeed not only academically but professionally as well. 

Finish in 18 months

This 36-credit degree can be completed in as little as 18 months.

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Application Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required if your GPA is below 3.0. If your overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, you may submit one letter of recommendation, but it must be from an academic reference. At least nine credits of psychology courses in statistics, experimental research methods, and one other upper-level course with a B or higher.

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Careers & Outcomes

Our Industrial-Organizational specialization of the master’s program paves the way to careers in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, including human resources, employee recruitment and hiring, training and performance appraisal and organizational assessment.

Our I-O Psychology Graduates Have Landed Roles As:

  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Associate Human Resources Analyst
  • Client Engagement Specialist
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Recruitment Coordinator
Destiney Clark

I have had more opportunities and recognition at Iona than my entire four years as an undergraduate at a different college. It has made me a better student and I have formed amazing relationships with other students in the program.

-Destiney Clark '24MA, Industrial Organizational Psychology
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Gain Hirable Skills Through the Industrial-Organizational specialization

Become a leader in institutional settings while increasing employee satisfaction and performance. Hear from students on how Iona professors give one-on-one support and guidance to ensure success.

Laura Bauer

Getting to work with such amazing faculty was the best experience I could have asked for. My mentors at Iona are the reason I was able to get into a Ph.D. program and I’m so thankful to have their support.

Laura Bauer ’23MA, Industrial Organizational Psychology
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Industrial-Organizational Specialization Program Highlights

I-O Psychology Internships

Apply the knowledge and skills you learn through your courses to engage in I-O best practices in real-world scenarios. Internship training focuses on areas such as employee recruitment, employee selection, leadership assessment, training design and development, job analysis, performance appraisal, and organizational assessment.

Our I-O graduate students have interned with various organizations including:

  • Viacom
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Westchester County Government
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Regeneron
  • White Plains Hospital
  • City of Yonkers
  • City of New Rochelle

Iona’s location in New Rochelle, New York gives our I-O psychology students access to the countless professional opportunities available in the greater New York City area.

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) and Research Opportunities

Through our Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) course you will be exposed to applied behavior analysis (ABA) as it is implemented in organizational settings. This course will further strengthen and broaden your skills as an OBM practitioner and sets the Iona program apart as very few I-O psychology graduate programs offer an OBM course.

Additionally, this program offers opportunities for advanced research as part of your master’s degree. Working alongside expert faculty, you can develop research designs and survey methodologies, conduct statistical analyses and use state-of-the-art technology.

Many students have the opportunity to present work at professional conferences, providing excellent preparation for a research career and/or the pursuit of a doctoral degree!

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Our program provides an academic experience that matches the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology’s recommended training for master's level programs. SIOP is the premier professional association for the science and practice of I-O psychology - a dynamic and growing field that addresses workplace issues at the individual and organizational level.

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