Goals and Learning Objectives - MA Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Goals and Learning Objectives

MA Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Goal 1: Students of the program will acquire a base of knowledge about the principles of psychology as they are applied in industrial and organizational settings.

Objective 1a: Students will learn core psychological competencies including:

  1. History of I/O Psychology and its integration into the broader discipline
  2. Various fields of psychology from which I/O shares a great deal with (i.e., social psychology, psychometrics, motivation, learning theory, personality)

Students will learn core I/O competencies including:

  1. Ethical, legal, and professional contexts
  2. Measurement of individual differences
  3. Criterion theory and development
  4. Job and task analysis
  5. Employee selection, placement, and classification
  6. Performance appraisal and feedback
  7. Training
  8. Work motivation
  9. Attitude theory
  10. Organization theory and organizational development

Objective 1b: Students will learn data collection and analysis skills including:

  1. Research Methods (i.e., the methods, procedures, and techniques used to conduct empirical research in I/O psychology)
  2. Statistical Methods (i.e., techniques used in the analysis of data generated by empirical research)

Students will learn additional I/O competencies including:

  1. Human Resource Management (i.e., career development, compensation and benefits, industrial and labor relations)
  2. Market Research (i.e., consumer behavior, application of various social science research principles, and analytic techniques used in research)

Goal 2: Students will gain practical experience applying their knowledge as interns in organizations during the second year of the program.

Objective 2a: Students will perform professional activities related to I/O Psychology including, but not limited to competency modeling, developing and evaluating training programs, job analysis, employee and customer satisfaction surveys, selection, performance management, strategic planning, talent and management development.