Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Eastern Kentucky University
Full time, Part time
USD 636 / per credit *
05 Oct 2023
Earliest start date
* $325 per credit hour for active duty military
EKU’s online master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology provides the critical skills needed to assess the behavior of individuals in businesses and develop strategies for performance and productivity improvement within organizations.
Our versatile program focuses heavily on consulting and professional development, allowing you to hone your analytical and communication skills while applying practical problem solving to human resources and organizational challenges.
At A Glance
Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 36 hours
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 12 hours*
Career Options: Assessment and development specialist, assessment and development coordinator, corporate HR analyst, director of HR, compensation and benefits director, employment specialist, director of training, health and safety manager, HR specialist, HR generalist, employee development specialist, organizational development specialist.
*With departmental approval
What sets our program apart?
Providing a practitioner-focused program, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as organizational psychology, training and development, performance management, and consulting and professional development.
- Accelerated 8-week terms
- Follows the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) training guidelines
- GRE waived for students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- Reduced tuition for active-duty military members
- No required campus visits
- Numerous research opportunities
- Field experience opportunities through the Center for Applied Psychology and Workforce Development (CAPP)
- High graduate placement rate
Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.
Scholarships and Funding
Grants are a type of financial support that does not need to be repaid. Many grants are based on financial need alone, however, some grants also take academic performance, academic degree program, and/or residence status into consideration.
Grants are available at the federal and state level.
Private student loans are not funded or subsidized by the federal government; instead, they are funded by banks, credit unions, or other types of lenders.
The bank or lender – not the federal government – sets interest rates, loan limits, terms, and conditions of private student loans. Your ability to qualify for and borrow a private student loan may be based on numerous factors that can include your credit history, whether or not you choose to have a co-signer, your co-signer’s credit history, your choice of school, and your course of study. These loans do not offer the flexible repayment terms or borrower protections featured by federal student loans.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement
Employer tuition reimbursement includes a variety of employer-sponsored programs to help employees pay for college. In many cases, the funds received from these programs will be excluded from income and are tax-free.
Employee tuition reimbursement programs are typically governed by an employer’s human resources department. Employers may provide up to $5,250 per year in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses.
Your employer may require you to attain a particular grade or to complete a program in order to obtain reimbursement. The employer may also require that you remain employed for a period of time after completing the course of study. Finally, your employer may require you to provide receipts or other substantiation of the educational expenses.
For information on veteran and active duty military services and offerings, contact the EKU Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at 859.622.2345. EKU is repeatedly recognized by both Military Times and GI Jobs as a leader among Military Friendly® Schools and we look forward to helping you reach your goals.
These scholarships are awarded by an organization other than the government or university. They are available from a number of groups, organizations, and entities nationwide. These scholarships can be general in nature or very specialized and tied to the type of work you would be doing after graduation.
If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
Departmental scholarships are awarded by specific EKU departments. The types, size, and criteria for these scholarships will vary by department.
If you receive a departmental scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.
EKU is fortunate to have hundreds of generous individuals and organizations that have donated scholarship money for current EKU students from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and interests. These are referred to as EKU Foundation Scholarships. Due to the number of these scholarships and the varying criteria for them, EKU has developed a single Foundation Scholarship application.
After completing the application, you will be considered for any foundation scholarship for which you are eligible. Criteria for these scholarships vary and can include academics, major, interests, place of residence, and more.
Core Courses --- 21
- PSY 804 --- Introduction to I-O Psychology --- 3
- PSY 807 --- Work Analysis --- 3
- PSY 808 --- Selection --- 3
- PSY 809 --- Performance Management --- 3
- PSY 873 --- Organizational Psychology --- 3
- PSY 874 --- Organizational Change and Development --- 3
- PSY 875 --- Training and Development --- 3
Research Methods --- 6
- PSY 805 --- Quantitative Research Methods --- 3
- PSY 806 --- Applied Research Methods --- 3
Consulting and Professional Skills --- 6
- PSY 810 --- Consulting and Business Skills --- 3
- PSY 811 --- Professional Development --- 3
Practicum --- 3
- PSY 812 --- Practicum in I-O Psychology --- 3
Total Hours --- 36
Our program prepares high-quality professionals with a strong academic foundation—including theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology—and the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations.
Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas, including human resource management, consulting, data analysis, employee recruitment, and selection, testing and development, training and development, performance appraisal and development, organizational development, change management, job design, and evaluation, compensation, and benefits, among others.
Job opportunities include:
- Assessment and development specialist
- Assessment and development coordinator
- Corporate HR analyst
- Director of HR
- Compensation and benefits director
- Employment specialist
- Director of training
- Health and safety manager
- HR specialist
- HR generalist
- Employee development specialist
- Organizational development specialist
Recent graduates are employed by:
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Catholic Health Initiatives
- KentuckyOne Health
- Mansfield Oil Company
- Olympic Steel
- Select International
- Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing
- University of Kansas
- U.S. Department of State
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