Industrial Organizational Psychology
Due to COVID-19 all Spring 2021 courses are being held remotely.
A master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology will increase your professional value, and equip you with the practical tools and psychological methods to help businesses become more productive and profitable.
The cornerstone of our program is the 240 hour IO internship, where you put all you've learned into practice. Upon graduation, many interns are offered a full-time job at their internship location.
We have an amazing alumni network, in I-O positions, ready to help you get started on your I-O career.
Organizational Development Focus
Our curriculum studies successful organizational change and performance, and projects throughout will allow you to apply the ideas and techniques you’re learning.
Online and On-Campus
Classes are available online or on campus. Online classes are in sequence and at scheduled times, but commute-free. On campus classes are centrally located in midtown Manhattan at 232 West 40th Street.
When you graduate, you will know how to apply psychology to the world of work by bringing scientific methodology to workplace challenges, and be well prepared to join a large organization, work in consulting, business, education, government, and community or healthcare organizations, and to help them tackle personnel issues where psychological expertise is crucial.
As an I-O Psychologist, you might deal with:
- sexual harassment
- personality and hiring
- gender and leadership
- workplace aggression
- organizational justice
- cross-cultural studies
Among a host of HR challenges, you'll use your skills for:
- training and development
- selection and promotion
- talent spotting and individual assessment
- understanding and changing the organizational culture
- HR strategy during mergers and acquisitions
- executive coaching
- leadership succession planning
- research and data analysis
In our program you will learn to understand the theories, models and philosophies that relate to these areas, and how to apply them.
Graduate with Experience
ELIZABETH BIZNATH, '17, MS: I would describe the program as very new and continuously evolving. Because it's a fairly new program, things are not necessarily concrete and set in stone. There is ample opportunity to really be a part of something that is growing and put your stamp on things.
SAM MERZEL, '16, MS: I think this program, compared to other schools, really prepares you for the real world and that it's more practice, less theory. You're really ready once you hit the job market.
SASHA CASTRO, '17, MS: The one opportunity that I believe is really important and that this program provides is having an internship requirement in which students are required to do an internship before graduating. And this not only allows students to graduate with work experience, but you're also able to apply what you're learning in class to a workplace.
BENJAMIN ELMAN, PHD: And we don't just let any student go to any internship. We have to approve every internship. Most of the other programs in New York don't have a requirement for an internship, so you graduate without having any real experience. And because of that, we have a high success rate now of students that are getting jobs in IO psychology.
ELIZABETH BIZNATH, '17, MS: Following that internship position, I was able to get a full-time position. And that has also led to a position where I'm now an organizational development analyst, which is where I would like to be long-term.
BENJAMIN ELMAN, PHD: What's really amazing is that we have this now growing alumni of graduates that want to give back and are now creating more opportunities for our students.
SAM MERZEL, '16, MS: I maintain connections with a lot of the people who I went to the program with. A lot of them are my co-workers. We see each other socially. I've developed relationships with people who will be there for the rest of my life.
ELIZABETH BIZNATH, '17, MS: The core structure at Touro College has been very flexible in terms of allowing me to maintain a work-life balance. So I'm able to attend classes in the evenings.
SASHA CASTRO, '17, MS: It really allows you to have a full-time job, if you have one, and still be able to come to class and make it on time.
BENJAMIN ELMAN, PHD: And that's a bit of a contrast to other programs in New York City, which may start their classes as early as 5 o'clock, so makes it hard to actually go to class and actually have a job.
SASHA CASTRO, '17, MS: Well, the faculty at Touro College, they all professionals in the field and it's really helpful to gain actual examples and real life experiences.
ELIZABETH BIZNATH, '17, MS: The teaching style is amazing and you will flourish in every single way possible because they are very supportive.
SAM MERZEL, '16, MS: I would tell students thinking of going to Touro that if they're looking for a place where they can really develop their skills, really learn a lot about industrial organizational psychology, and really gain relationships and networking for the rest of their life that is really the right choice for them.