MPS in Industrial Organizational Psychology


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational psychology is the fastest growing occupation in the U.S., with an anticipated growth rate of 53% between 2014 and 2022. IO psychologists – who focus on human behavior in the workplace – have prominent positions throughout industry. These professionals work in consulting, private practice (e.g., human resources or training professionals), government, research, and academia. Whether you are preparing to enter the workforce, or you an early or mid-career professional looking to hone your skills, the UMD IO Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) provides the training you need to get ahead at work and open new doors in your career.

At UMD, you will receive rigorous training in the practice of 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. We also offer workshops for students on professional development topics, including presentation and consulting skills.

The UMD IO MPS is a 30-credit program designed to be completed in five terms over the course of 15 months. Courses follow a hybrid model. In-person instruction is blended with online asynchronous lectures and outside activities to provide a flexible schedule for working professionals. To accommodate the schedules of our students, in-class instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park takes place in the early evening.

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