M.P.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

UMBC's Master's in Professional Studies (M.P.S.): Industrial/Organizational Psychology explores and integrates important topics such as personnel and selection, organizational behavioral management, and human factors, and culminates with a professional capstone experience. This program enables students to develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals. Based in Rockville, Maryland, at the Universities at Shady Grove, the program offers evening, weekend, and select online courses for busy professionals.

Understanding the importance of communication, presentation, and critical thinking skills, UMBC's M.P.S.: Industrial/Organizational Psychology program covers the essential techniques and skills necessary for success in the field. Using best practices and industry/association partnerships, UMBC provides the latest tools and techniques to help enable students to become part of a dynamic organization either through applied work experiences or internship opportunities.

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Program Requirements

The Master in Professional Studies: Industrial/Organizational Psychology requires a total of 30-credit hours. Students must complete 5 core courses (totaling 15 credits), a field practicum which will serve as their professional capstone experience (total 3 credits), and 4 specialty courses (totaling 12 credits).

Course Requirements

Core Courses
[Choose 15 of the following credit hours]

Course Title [Credits]
Seminar in Social Psychology [3]
Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology [3] (required)
Methods of Assessment in I/O Psychology [3]
Professional Human Resources Practice [3]
Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in I/O Psychology [3]
Industrial/Organizational Psychology [3]

Capstone Course

[3 required credit hours]

Course Title [Credits]
Practicum in I/O Psychology [3] - Capstone Experience (required)

Speciality Courses

[Choose 12 of the following credit hours]

Course Title [Credits]

Advanced Seminars in I/O Psychology [3 each]:

  • Decision Making
  • Human Performance Technologies
  • Organizational Surveys
  • Program Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
Human Factors [3]
Organizational Behavioral Management [3]
Instructional Systems Development I (online) [3]
Principles in Training and Development (online) [3]

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Admission Requirements

In general, minimum requirements for the I/O Psychology program are set at a 3.0 GPA from an accredited undergraduate program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the I/O program. Students seeking admission from disciplines other than psychology may be required to take prerequisites, such as the introductory psychology course and/or a research methods/statistics course, prior to enrollment in the program.

Students will need to adhere to the application procedures set by UMBC's Graduate School. For full degree seeking students, this means: an application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, resume experience form, and the graduate application fee. Students are encouraged to apply online.

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