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Industrial/Organizational Psychology




Industrial/Organizational Psychology

UMBC Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Program

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at UMBC-Shady Grove in Rockville, MD offers a Master of Professional Studies in I/O Psychology. UMBC’s program is a unique, highly applied program, providing graduate training focused on developing skills that are relevant in today's job market, exploring and integrating important topics including organizational behavioral management, human factors, and professional human resources practice, and helping students develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals

Upon completion of the program, students gain advanced knowledge in Statistical Methods and Data Analysis, Ethical, Legal and Professional Contexts, Measurements of Individual Differences, Criterion Development, Job and Task Analysis, Employee Selection, Placement and Classification, Performance Appraisal and Feedback, Work Motivation, and Organizational Behavior

Why Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

  • According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, I/O Psychology positions are expected to increase by 26% from 2008 to 2018.
  • There are many diverse career paths available, including working in the private sector, governmental, education, or consulting. Industrial/Organizational psychologists contribute to an organization's success by improving the performance, satisfaction, safety, health and well-being of its employees with many career opportunities opening up with the completion of a Master’s degree.


  • UMBC's Industrial/Organization Psychology Graduate Program is led by a distinguished faculty of practitioners in the field.
    Program includes an Advisory board comprised of representatives from business, industry and government who provide valuable input on program and curriculum development. For six years running (2009-2014), UMBC was ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report's list of "national up-and-coming" universities.
  • Classes are offered at UMBC-Shady Grove in Rockville, MD, which is conveniently located near Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. Classes are offered in a flexible format, designed for busy working professionals, with in-person classes offered in the early evening

For a quick program reference, download the Program Guide.