M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Making the Workplace Better

As a specialist of human behavior in the workplace, you’ll reach across functions and disciplines, solving problems in human resources, administration, management, sales—wherever people come together for work.

By linking science with the challenges of work life, you’ll become an innovative problem solver who can manage issues like low morale, high turnover, worker conflict and poor productivity. You’ll gain crucial insights into how teams work – and sometimes fail to work.

The course work is immediately relevant because it focuses on the knowledge and skills that practitioners consider most critical. You’ll hit the ground tested, proven and ready.

In this program, you will:

  • Design and implement organizational interventions
  • Complete cutting-edge real-world projects
  • Develop critical thinking and communication skills

Where a Master’s in I/O Psych Can Take You

Experts in industrial/organizational psychology are in high demand in Chicago and around the country. Now in its 20th year, our program produces graduates who have gone on to careers in every industry and sector.

  • Personnel analyst
  • Instructional designer
  • Research consultant
  • Talent developer
  • Management consultant
  • Organizational development specialist
  • Executive recruiter

Program Format

This is a two-year, part-time program with evening classes. Degree completion time will depend on the timing of your final capstone experience, which can be an internship, capstone course or optional thesis.

A Network for the Rest of Your Life

Our program is structured on the cohort (team-focused) model. You’ll be part of a cohort that stays together from your first semester, continuing throughout the program. You’ll work closely in classroom and study projects, forging a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

The Right People on Your Side

Elmhurst faculty are experienced industry leaders who are dedicated to expanding your reach, with fieldwork, connections and hands-on experience.

Our students gain crucial insights into how teams work—or fail to work. Through projects and field experiences they develop the capacity to think critically and communicate effectively.

Carrie Hewitt, Program Director

The MBA Option Program

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the MBA Option, a one-year program that leads to the master of business administration with a specialization in industrial/organizational psychology. If you wish to apply for the MBA Option, follow the admission requirements for the Elmhurst MBA.

Room to Grow in I/O

I/O jobs have a projected growth rate of 19% through 2024, and I/O master’s degree graduates make $82,760 annually, on average.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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