Online Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree

Online industrial and organizational psychology programs prepare students to analyze human behavior in business and organizations. Students who think critically and analytically, and are interested in both psychology and business, may enjoy these programs. Students can earn a certificate, or degree at the baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral level in the field.

Graduates of online industrial and organizational psychology programs may work for large corporations, private consulting firms, or the government. They may work as human resources managers, training specialists, or industrial and organizational psychologists.

Available Degree Levels

  • Certificate: One to two years to complete
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Four years to complete
  • Master’s Degree: One to two years to complete
  • Doctoral Degree: Three to five years to complete

Most online certificate programs in industrial and organizational psychology are at the graduate level, allowing students to supplement an undergraduate degree with this specific field of study. Students with academic experience both in and out of psychology may participate in these programs. Courses may include organizational psychology, cultural diversity, and interpersonal conflict in the workplace.

An online bachelor’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology may teach students the psychological principles as they relate to business. Students may become versed in behavioral deviation, learning and human development, and personality. Courses may include research methods, social psychology, and assessment and testing.

Master’s degree program courses may include psychological statistics, advanced industrial organizational training and development, and performance appraisal and job analysis.

Online doctoral programs in industrial and organizational psychology offer advanced courses that focus on the scientific study of the workplace. Students may take courses such as ethical/legal issues for psychologists, emotions and attitudes in organizations, and advanced psychometrics. Select programs may also require students to complete comprehensive examinations and write, research, and defend a dissertation.

Career Options

Graduates of online industrial and organizational psychology programs understand human behavior in the workplace. This knowledge prepares graduates to influence organizational change by motivating employees, designing effective training, and placing individuals in the right jobs. Graduates may find work in governmental agencies, Fortune 500 organizations, or consulting firms.

Possible career fields include:

  • Training Specialist
  • Placement Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Psychologist
  • Corporate Recruiter

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