MS in Psychology – Industrial & Organizational Track

Master of Science in Psychology
– Industrial Organizational Track

An industrial/organizational psychologist’s job is to apply psychological principles and research methods to practices found in human resources. The human resource function in a business is to manage the employee life cycle—recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and administering benefits; a degree in IO psychology provides the skills necessary to optimize the employee life cycle by:

  • Better employee selection.
  • Improving worker engagement, motivation and satisfaction.
  • Greater employee performance, communication and well-being are enhanced.
  • Training is relevant, timely and delivered in the worker’s learning style.
  • Healthier promotion of diversity and inclusivity throughout the enterprise.

Why AUM’s Master of Science in Psychology: Industrial & Organizational track?”

  • The track is practical and designed for students to apply their education in their current and future careers.
  • The degree track is 100% online and delivered in an asynchronous manner; allowing the flexibility to fit school around work and family life.
  • By taking just two courses each semester, students can graduate in only five semesters.
  • The I/O track at AUM is also affordable, the cost is $421 per credit hour for Alabama residents and $463 for non-residents. This is roughly half the tuition cost of other universities in Alabama offering a similar program!

Apply early! We will now consider completed applications that are submitted by August 1! 
Application details are below under“Learn More.”

If you are seeking a master’s degree program in clinical psychology, take a look at our Clinical Psychology track.

Quick Facts

Get to know the Industrial & Organizational Psychology program

What kind of academic background do I need?

 Students that have not completed any psychology courses will be asked to complete a list of up to six undergraduate classes before starting their graduate program.


Can I afford this program?

Tuition is roughly half of the cost of other major universities in Alabama that offer a similar program, just $421 per credit hour for Alabama residents and $463 for non-residents.

How will this program impact my career?

Depending on your interests and work experience, it could open up a whole new set of options! If you are in the HR field now, it could lead to pay increases and/or management opportunities.

How long will it take me to complete?

This degree track is 100% online and asynchronous, so you’ll work on your schedule. It is designed for you to take two classes each semester and graduate after five semesters.


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Why Industrial & Organizational Psychology?

To create a modern, people-centric workplace

Why AUM?

Our differences are our strengths!

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What kinds of jobs can I expect with the I/O graduate degree?

Many I/O graduates work in a variety of HR roles for government, industry and business. Others are qualified as trainers, facilitators, assessors, coaches and consultants. Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options.
Contact us so we can get you the answers you need.

Is an undergraduate degree in psychology required?

Students are not required to have a psychology degree. If students performed well in their other program of study, they will still be considered for admission. However, being able to take graduate level psychology classes will first require that you obtain a general undergraduate level background in psychology.

What skills or competencies should I have for this career field?

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology reports that the top five competencies to succeed in the field are critical thinking, verbal communication, ethical behavior, interpersonal skills, and accountability. Experiences such as “collaborating with people from different teams on various projects” were also deemed vital.

In an HR job, what might I do with my I/O training on a day-to-day basis?

Develop training programs. Mediate disputes. Prepare scientific or technical reports. Collect information from people through interviews or surveys. Administer standardized physical or psychological tests. Coach employees. Assess job candidates. Evaluate performance of individuals.


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How could your career change direction with this graduate degree?

More Program Info

Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Track


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Required Courses

To complete this master’s program, you will need to complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The courses below are only a sampling of requirements. Contact the Psychology Department for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
PSYC 6190Research Methods Investigative techniques of research, with special emphasis on research design and methodology.
PSYC 6760Advanced Industrial-Organizational Psychology In-depth focus on issues in industrial and organizational psychology.
PSYC 6290 Research Statistics Lecture and lab course using statistical analysis for complex research design.
PSYC 6640 Personnel Selection & Talent Management Application of behavior principles to recruiting, selecting, evaluating and training of personnel in factor, office, labor and professional settings.

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