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‚ÄčIndustrial/Organizational Psychology, MA/MBA Dual Degree Program

Roosevelt offers one of the only dual degree programs in the country that allow students to get both an MA in I/O Psychology and an MBA at the same time. You will learn expertise in both I/O psychology and business, and become marketable in the workforce for a variety of jobs.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's
Roosevelt's dual degree program is one of the only programs of its kind in the country that synthesizes both fields and awards graduates two separate degrees. Students in the program learn the methodology and critical analysis that are the hallmark of I/O psychology, as well as the direct applied skills of the business world. Graduates have even more doors open for them because of the degrees conferred and the knowledge gained.
Joseph Mazzola
, Program Director

What Differentiates Us

Dedicated Faculty

Dedicated Faculty

Roosevelt I/O faculty have applied experiences with organizations all over the country AND they are research active (more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed outlets since 2010). The program is built around the "Scientist-Practitioner Model" and is staffed with true I/O Scientist/Practitioners.

Apprenticeship Focus

Apprenticeship Focus

Students work closely with faculty to develop skills related to the science and practice of I/O. As such, students are provided with individualized support so as to bolster the students' skills from the outset.

Applied Projects

Applied Projects

Students have the unique opportunity to be involved in a number of applied projects. Many of these projects are through the Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Center (OECC). Following the scientist/practitioner model, students obtain experiences to apply their knowledge obtained in the classroom to real world workplace problems and enhance organizational effectiveness.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students will learn the “Scientist-Practitioner Model,” which prepares high-quality professionals specialized in I/O topics and with expertise in research methodology and quantitative approaches to organizational issues. Students will develop skills to solve critical problems in private and public sector organizations using empirical-evidenced knowledge. Students will also be expected to understand and apply business concepts such as accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The program is 58 credit hours (which includes an internship or thesis) and typically takes about 3 years to complete for full-time students.

For more information about faculty, courses, and expectations of each degree program, see the separate IO MA and MBA degree pages.

Sample Courses

  • Organizational Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Training & Development
  • Consulting Skills
  • Employee Testing
  • Social Networks
  • Economics for Decision Makers
  • Finance for Decision Makers
  • Strategic Management

Outcomes

Most students who graduate with a master’s in I/O psychology get jobs consulting in topic areas from the field, business, and/or in human resources. This includes internal and external consulting, as well as the training and development field. Roosevelt graduates also have moved on to complete their PhD, both locally and at other top programs. Graduates who complete the dual degree are able to successful speak the language both of business and consulting, further enhancing their marketability.


Admission
Applicants must meet the graduate admission requirements of the university as detailed in the Policies and Procedures section of university web site, and must have completed at least 18 semester hours in psychology at the undergraduate level with at least a 3.0 (B) average. Undergraduate courses must include general psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, and one junior/senior level undergraduate course.

Students may enter the dual degree program after initial admission to either program, but only after three of the four courses marked below are completed and GRE scores are either accepted or waived by Industrial/Organizational Psychology MA Director.
  • PSYC 407 - Intermediate Statistics - 3hrs
  • PSYC 462 - Organizational Psychology - 3hrs
  • PSYC 463 - Personnel Psychology - 3hrs
  • PSYC 530 - Advanced Research Methods - 3hrs