Graduate Programs in Organizational Psychology

Many different graduate programs in organizational psychology are available to prepare you for jobs in psychology, management, research or postsecondary teaching. Learn about the typical curricula for each program, the availability of online programs, and the job outlook and salary info for this field. Schools offering Industrial & Organizational Psychology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Graduate Programs Are Available

You can earn both a master's and a doctoral degree in organizational psychology; related subjects include industrial/organizational psychology and applied industrial/organizational psychology. Master's degree programs usually award you a Master of Science or Master of Arts, while doctoral degree programs can earn you a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Master's degree programs take about 1-3 years to complete, and doctorate programs span about five years. In addition to having a bachelor's degree, you might be required to take classes in psychology, research methods, statistics and experimental design before starting graduate school.

Degree LevelsM.S., M.A., Psy.D., Ph.D.
Key Program ConceptsOrganizational behavior, group dynamics at work, research writing, strategic development, human resources management
Online AvailabilitySome programs will allow you to complete a portion of coursework online
Mean Salary (2014) $90,070 (for industrial/organizational psychologists); $114,140 (for human resource managers); $76,390 (for postsecondary teachers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Topics Will Programs Cover?

Organizational psychology combines business and consulting practices with psychology and human behavior principles. Organizational psychologists help companies achieve desired business results by working with employees to achieve their highest potential. You might test employees' aptitudes through surveys and interviews to determine if their personalities match those traits needed to perform best on the job. If you want to enter research, you might conduct studies on theories about workplace motivation and productivity. Common topics that both a master's and doctoral degree program cover include:

  • Organizational behavior
  • Group dynamics at work
  • Human resources management
  • Performance evaluation
  • Human motivation theories
  • Research writing
  • Strategic development

In a master's degree program, you might be able to specialize in a specific subject such as workplace diversity or human resources. Programs may involve an internship, and they can end with a capstone project consisting of a research paper or thesis. The thesis might involve carrying out a study based on your research study or writing a literature review.

A Ph.D. program spends more time on research methods, with an emphasis on pursuing academic research after graduation. A Psy.D. program focuses more on the clinical aspect, and graduates tend to pursue clinical positions. Both programs allow you to have one faculty member monitor your dissertation, which must examine an original organizational psychology topic. You must successfully defend your dissertation to earn your doctorate.

Can I Pursue a Degree Online?

Online learning has a few options if you're interested in organizational psychology at the master's and doctoral level. While most programs aren't offered completely online, some allow you to complete most of the coursework from home. You'll meet on-campus once a month or so during an evening or weekend and conduct the rest of classes online.

Most of the online work is asynchronous, but you may need to participate in live virtual lectures that convene at set times. All papers, assignments and tests can be completed and turned in online. Computer requirements for online programs often include a current antivirus software program, headphones, a microphone and a printer.

What Jobs Can I Get?

Your graduate degree can qualify you to work as an organizational psychologist at a consulting firm, government department or school. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that industrial/organizational psychologists would be in demand from 2014-2024, due to changing workplace dynamics and increasing diversity among workers. According to the BLS, industrial/organizational psychologists earned a mean annual salary of $90,070 as of May 2014.

You can apply for jobs as a human resources manager with your master's or doctoral degree. A number of voluntary certifications are available in human resources, and they typically require work experience and an examination. The BLS listed the mean annual income of human resources managers was $114,140 in May 2014.

If you have a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, you can pursue careers in academic research and postsecondary teaching. In May 2014, the BLS stated that postsecondary psychology teachers earned an annual mean wage of $76,390.

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