At a Glance
Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology is the study of people in the workplace. IOs 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. IO psychologists help organizations:
>>recruit, hire, train, retain, evaluate, and promote the best talent
>>cultivate and change organizational processes and culture
>>develop leaders and optimize teams
>>build supportive and inclusive cultures
>>drive business decisions using theory and data
>>improve diversity and inclusion efforts and impact in organizations
Whether you have recently graduated with an undergraduate degree and are preparing to enter the workforce, or you an early or mid-career professional looking to hone your skills, the UMD IO Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) provides the training you need to get ahead at work and open new doors in your career.
At UMD, students receive rigorous training in empirically-supported best practices in IO psychology. Students will develop advanced knowledge of statistical and research methods in business settings, business fundamentals, selection and assessment, talent development, organizational change, and performance management. We also offer training for students on professional development topics, including presentation and consulting skills. The UMD Master’s 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.
We are dedicated to providing a flexible and enriching learning experience for all our students. Our program is designed to accommodate diverse needs, allowing you to pursue your I/O psychology degree in the modality that suits you best. Whether you prefer the convenience and accessibility of online learning or the dynamic interactions of in-person classes, the choice is yours.
Please note: students are not able to switch between the fully virtual and in-person options. There is no cross-pollination between the models.
Fully Virtual Option:
With our fully online option, you can complete the entire program from the comfort of your own space, giving you the freedom to balance your studies with other commitments. Our virtual program still requires students to attend once-a-week live synchronous classes virtually, which offer interaction with faculty and fellow students, as well as engaging discussions and activities to immerse yourself in the IO psychology. In-person attendance is never required. Classes are held once a week in the evening from 5-8pm to fit with most working professionals' schedules. All additional offerings of the program, such as career guidance, workshops, applied opportunities, etc. are still available for online students to participate in! Highlights of the fully virtual program:
In-Person/ Hybrid Option:
For students who thrive in face-to-face settings, students can complete the program in our traditional in-person/ hybrid model in which we provide hands-on instruction on the UMD College Park campus once a week. Classes are held once a week in the evening from 5-8pm to fit with most working professionals' schedules. With our in-person classes, you can benefit from hands-on experiences, engage with faculty and students face-to-face, and experience interactive discussions. Highlights of the in-person/ hybrid program:
Learn from the Experts
We have four full-time faculty affiliated solely with our IO MPS program. All faculty are industry experts and have a wide range of experiences they bring into the classroom. Each of the faculty are heavily invested in students' learning, development, and overall success - both in and out of the classroom. Faculty invest in students' success when teaching courses, career guidance, providing out of class opportunities, or assisting with expanding your network. At times, courses will be taught by adjunct faculty who are IO professionals with a wealth of experience.
What can I do with my IO MPS Degree?
IO Psychology is such a broad field that professionals don't just hold the title of "IO Psychologist". IOs are employed in many sectors, departments, and fields. The image shows just a handful of job titles that can be held by IO psychologists.
The training we offer in our program can lay the foundation for success in many roles, like the ones you see here. Can you picture yourself in any of these jobs?
Learning and Development Analyst | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager | People Analytics Lead | Employee Engagement Analyst | Training and Development Manager | Selection and Assessment Manager | HR Generalist | Organizational Effectiveness Consultant | Employment Testing Specialist | Talent Development Manager | Research Analyst | Organizational Talent Consultant | People Research Scientist | IO Psychology Consultant | Testing and Assessment Specialist | Applied Social Scientist | Human Capital Consultant | Organizational Development Consultant | Personnel Psychologist
US News and World Report ranked IO psychology as #3 in Best Science Jobs with a low unemployment outlook and a strong job market, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the median income for I/O psychologists at $96,270.
I/O psychologists are hired in the public sector - federal, state, or local governments, in the private sector - large corporations, consulting firms, or small businesses, non-profits, colleges and universities, and more. Our alumni have gone on to work in organizations, such as: Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, US Federal Government, US Department of Defense, Gartner, Johns Hopkins, Pew Research Center, WeWork, and many more!
What Skills will you Acquire?
Our program offers classes that provide an in-depth view of IO topic areas, career guidance, and out-of-class consulting experiences to gain practical skills.
Data Analytics | Data-Driven Decision Making | Develop Selection Procedures | Job Analysis | Identify Training & Development Needs | Develop Training Programs + Program Evaluation | Design Effective Performance Management Systems | Give Employee Feedback and Coaching | Business Understanding | Stakeholder Management | Organizational Change Interventions | Effective Change Management
This holistic experience provides IO MPS students a thorough understanding of the field of IO, as well as an opportunity to develop critical and analytical skills, build practical experience, and come out with an understanding of how to use their knowledge, skills, and experience to help organizations solve crucial issues.
Navigating Your Path
Use the guide below to learn more about our program and how you can navigate your path in the field of IO psychology.
1. Get To Know Us
We offer several avenues through which you can learn about our Master's in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology program. We encourage you to go through and take advantage of every resource to explore our program to ensure how we can be the right fit for you.
Did you know you can choose to complete the program fully virtually OR in-person on the UMD College Park campus? Whether you prefer to complete the UMD IO Master's program fully online or in-person on the UMD campus, we offer the flexibility that fits with your schedule!
On our website, you can learn about the nuts and bolts of our program, what we look for in our applicants, and what opportunities are available to our students.
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2. Let Us Know Who You Are
We enjoy meeting prospective students and helping you on your career journey. There are several ways you can get more information about the program, while sharing with us a little bit about yourself too! Consider joining one or both of the events and initiatives:
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3. Apply For Admission
Are you an international student? Check out our international student admissions resource here.
We accept students into our cohorts twice a year: in the SPRING (virtual only) and in the FALL (in-person/ hybrid).
As mentioned, this offers two modalities for completing the IO MPS. Both modes offer seminar-style instruction, career guidance, and applied opportunities. Learn all about our admissions process and what we look for in our applicants on our Admissions page.
4. Life of a UMD IO MPS Student
Once you are a student in the program, you will have access to: