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Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the science of human behavior as it relates to the well-being of people in organizations. Graduates will apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace with the goal of improving productivity, health and the quality of work life. Additionally, they may design new ways to increase productivity, improve personnel selection or enhance job satisfaction. They are prepared for positions as human resource specialists, helping organizations with staffing, training, and employee development. They may provide employers with testing and other valid selection methods in their hiring and promotion processes. Some individuals may secure employment as management consultants in areas such as quality management, strategic planning or organizational change.
Core Coursework (18 hours)
ADMN 6310 - Accounting Concepts and Issues
ORGD 6320 - Organizational Behavior and Learning
ORGD 6330 - Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
BMGT 6311 - Human Resources Management
ADMN 6360 - Management Concepts and Issues
ADMN 6375 - Strategic Planning and Policy
Concentration Coursework (15 hours)
PSYC 6305 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSYC 6335 - Personnel Psychology
PSYC 6345 - Workplace Motivation
PSYC 6360 - Diversity in Organizations
PSYC 6373 - Assessment and Testing in the Workplace
Completion of the Capstone course (3 hours)
ORGD 63CS - MAA Capstone
Industrial/Organizational Psychology is an applied specialty within psychology that has experienced continual growth in the United States and the industrialized world for the last 100 years. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), demand for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists is projected to increase 35% by 2020. In a 2010 Wall Street Journal online article, Sue Shellenbarger highlighted Industrial and Organizational psychology as one of the “Hot Jobs” of 2018. The author indicated that psychologists will be in demand, but the most rapid growth is expected to be in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
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