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Industrial and Organizational Psychology, MS

Industrial-organizational psychologists combine business and psychology to train and influence professionals in the workplace.

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Program Intro

The MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology provides students with a strong theoretical foundation for meeting real-world challenges across diverse settings. Practical experiences allow students to design and deliver interventions, conduct research and develop potential in people. Graduates will work in business, nonprofits and faith communities to be the difference in the workplace.

45 Units

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20 Months
$768 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at CBU?

Develop a heart for justice

Graduates step into the workplace having thought through their individual role in God’s plan for restoring creation to its greatest potential. Students enter the world of work with a heart of compassion and a drive to "be the difference."

Become a behavioral scientist

Classes and program experiences are intentionally crafted around SIOP guidelines to develop the individual into their most effective self. Our students and faculty are committed to learning for the sake of actionable potential in ourselves and others. Using a hybrid of statistics, business and psychology, we are helping organizations empirically move the dial on human performance. Upon entering the workforce, I-O graduates have the opportunity for competitive pay and meaningful work.

Create meaningful and sustainable results

Grounded in the value of human potential, this program equips leaders to consider the purposes behind both individual and organizational behaviors. We are invested in developing thoughtful and passionate individuals who will serve in practices that bring about lasting effects in the world around them. We are interested in asking questions, challenging assumptions, and investing our lives in sustainable change. 

Research alongside faculty

Our students are involved in ongoing research, investigating the areas of positive organizational psychology, resilience and positive effects. Our faculty are currently researching the areas of employee engagement, career development and cross-cultural variations in business psychology.

What You'll Learn

Graduates of CBU's MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of I-O's roots in psychology
  2. Prioritize ethical and professional behavior
  3. Synthesize theory-informed research methods and data analysis
  4. Assess individual differences
  5. Execute job and task analysis
  6. Influence performance through motivation and learning
  7. Develop self and others as leaders
  8. Apply small group theory and process
  9. Formulate an integration of faith and science

Program Details

IOP 509: Leadership Development and Change Management

This course examines the basic concepts, theories, nature, and practices of leadership and leadership behavior. 

IOP 539: Work Motivation

This course unpacks the conditions and environment influences on human behavior in the workplace looking into personal strategies for successfully navigating the challenges of work and life.

IOP 583: Cross-Cultural Communication

Explores global perspectives of approaching the world of work. We discover strategic approaches to the world of business and psychology, considering how they may vary from culture to culture. 

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Joshua Fuller, PhD

Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Chair, Department of Undergraduate Psychology
Program Coordinator, Psychology Major

Office Phone: 951-552-8147
Office Location: James 133B

Nathan Iverson, PhD

Program Director, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-343-4437
Office Location: James Building, Room 131

As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall
Priority May 15
Standard August 1

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Career Possibilities

Upon completing CBU’s MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, students will be well prepared for various careers in the industry. Upon entering the workforce, I-O graduates have the opportunity for competitive pay and meaningful work.

  • Talent Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Consultant
  • Organizational Developer
  • Organizational Practitioner

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