I/O Psychology MPS - Program and Requirements


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Industrial Organizational Psychology is the study of people in formal organizations, including the workplace. IO psychologists work throughout industry – in consulting, human resources and training departments, government, research, and academia – to improve the well-being and outcomes of employees and organizations.

The MPS provides rigorous training in empirically-supported best practices in IO psychology. Students will develop advanced knowledge of statistical and research methods in business settings, business and legal fundamentals, selection and assessment, talent development, organizational change, and performance management. The UMD MPS in IO psychology is unique in its emphasis on helping students become skilled both in garnering insights from data and research and in working with individuals and organizations to put those insights in action.

The UMD IO MPS meets the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology guidelines for education and training in IO psychology.

What can I expect to gain from this degree?

The goal of the program is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychological principles and focused training in the research and application of Industrial Organizational Psychology. In this program, you will learn cutting-edge techniques to improve the livelihoods and outcomes of employees and organizations.  This degree will prepare students for a range of careers working in human resources or training departments, consulting, or government, among other professional settings

Upon completion of this program, all students will be able to:

  • Understand challenges faced by organizations today, as well as likely challenges organizations will face in the future
  • Critically evaluate existing research and data on organizations and individuals at work
  • Competently design and conduct research in a business setting
  • Communicate the findings of research and best practices to both technical and executive audiences
  • Design and implement empirically-supported selection, compensation, talent development, and promotion techniques, among others, in the workplace

The learning format

This master’s degree program is designed to provide the highest level of rigorous academic training and mentoring while meeting the needs of working professionals and students who are interested in complementing their course work with practical hands-on experiences.  Classes are taught online and at the College Park campus during the evenings.  In class lectures are complemented by online assignments, supplementary materials, and faculty office hours.  Students are always welcome and encouraged to additionally meet with faculty and mentors outside of class time.

The program is designed to be completed in 15 months over the course of 5 terms.  Students will be expected to complete two courses per term.

Career Mentorship and Preparation

Alongside traditional course curricula, the Master’s program has a special emphasis on helping students achieve their individual goals through close faculty mentoring.  Whether students are interested in pursuing a career in consulting, HR or training, government, research, or considering applying to Ph.D. programs, our full-time faculty are committed to helping students prepare for their future endeavors.  Mentoring can occur in-person during scheduled on-campus visits with faculty at the University of Maryland or through individual online video conferencing with faculty.  Admitted students may also take advantage of the many opportunities and resources offered through the University, including their outstanding educational resources and career services division.


Program Requirements

What does the program require?

Admission to University of Maryland graduate programs is highly competitive and space is limited.  Admitted students will have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and will submit a statement of purpose.  Students will also be asked to submit a resume or CV and two letters of recommendation.  This program does not require that students have a background in psychology or have taken the GRE.

A select number of students will be asked to complete interviews as part of the application process.  An invitation to complete an interview does not guarantee admissions.

Do I need to go to the University for my classes?

Yes.  Classes are taught after work hours to accommodate students’ work schedules.  All classes are complemented with online lectures, additional assignments and supplementary materials online that can be completed off campus.  Students can also choose to meet with their faculty advisors either on campus, online, or over the phone. 

Financial Aid:  Graduate assistantships or scholarships are not available through this program. 

To find out more about the IO MPS program, please follow the link here.