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Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA)

Learn the methodology to diagnose and solve organizational problems, and earn the statistical and critical thinking skills to succeed in the business world. Our graduates enter the workforce ready to thrive in exciting jobs in organizational consulting and human resources.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's
Our program includes seven faculty dedicated completely to the I/O graduate programs. Roosevelt also 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. Plus, Roosevelt’s downtown Chicago location creates many opportunities for internships and jobs at top companies in the area.
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

Our MA program, constructed according to the industry standard “Scientist-Practitioner Model,” 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.

Sample Courses

  • Organizational Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Intermediate Statistics
  • Training & Development
  • Leadership & Motivation
  • Consulting Skills
  • Employee Testing
  • Social Networks
  • Occupational Health Psychology

Outcomes

Most students who graduate with a master’s in I/O psychology get jobs consulting in topic areas from the field 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.

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

RIOPA - Roosevelt Industrial/Organizational Psychology Association

Faculty

Our faculty members are active in both research and applied practice, conducting projects to investigate their various research and applied interests. MA students may choose to get involved with faculty research if they choose, as well as take part in applied projects as available through faculty or the Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Center.

Testimonials

"What makes the I/O Psychology MA program at Roosevelt significant is its recognition of learning beyond the classroom. Throughout every class, no matter the topic, was the encouragement to draw on work environment experiences and examples to enrich our understanding and cultivate our ability to adapt the theory to practice. Having an education that recognizes our degree extends to a variety of work environments is invaluable."

Caelan Weldon '15
Human Performance Analyst, Accenture
"The I-O MA graduate program at Roosevelt University far exceeded my expectations. The most encouraging and motivating factor are the professors who are active researchers and industry professionals. They are approachable, flexible, and most importantly, accessible even after you graduate! The learning environment is a place where everyone, including instructors, are students. We share experiences and assist each other to build on our skills and abilities in order to put into perspective how to apply what we've learned to our personal field of interests. Regardless of your professional background, what you learn and take away from the program can serve you on a regular basis for any industry. You can't go wrong!”
Sandy Francois '14
Review Coordinator, Academy of Art University
Admission

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • Official GRE scores 
  • The average GRE score & GPA for 2016-17 admitted students was:
    • GRE Verbal – 149.5
    • GRE Quantitative – 147.5
    • GRE Analytic – 3.9
    • Undergraduate GPA – 3.32
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
  • The priority deadline is November 1 for Spring admission, and March 1 for Fall admission. We do accept applications on a rolling basis dependent on available space in classes and candidate qualifications.
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