Master's in I-O Psychology
Our 36-Credit Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology will equip you with practical tools and psychological methods to help businesses become more productive and profitable.
I-O psychologists use research and theory to help management and employees work more efficiently together, and ensure overall employee satisfaction. With the working knowledge gained from this program, you’ll be skilled at reaching important corporate goals around team building, motivation and effective leadership.
Attend our Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology program online or at our New York City campus.
Admission into the I-O Program
Interested in applying? We welcome professionals from all backgrounds who have a bachelor's with a minimum 3.0 GPA. We aim to keep tuition affordable and offer limited scholarships for our behavioral science students. If you're applying as an F1 international student, you will now be eligible for 3 years of post-graduate employment in the US. For more detailed information on our academic requirements and application process, visit our Admissions page.
What Can I Do With a Master’s in I-O Psychology?
A Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology allows you to work in a variety of settings and roles. Although industrial psychologists are normally seen working in-house or as consultants for major corporations, there are also opportunities to work in government, healthcare or at a labor union. Some I-O psychologists also hold research positions in academia. Oftentimes, I-O psychologists work closely with a company’s HR department to develop effective policies and training.
With a Master’s in I-O Psychology, there are other related roles you can take on as well. As an I-O Psych graduate, you can work as a talent management specialist, and train managers to be more effective leaders. You can also work as behavior analyst and use consumer research to predict trends and inform marketing strategies.
Finally, industrial-organizational psychologists can work as human resources managers, and work on setting the HR policies for an organization, recruiting new employees, and managing workplace disputes. Your psychology background can play an important role in resolving internal conflict and creating a harmonious work environment.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Salary
Industrial-organizational psychologists make an average salary of around $93,000 (US News). In the New York City area, the average salary is around $150,000. An I-O Psychologist with more experience in New York could potentially make upwards of $190,000 (Salary.com).
The cornerstone of our program is the 240 hour I-O 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.
Here are just a few of the courses you can take while enrolled in our program as a graduate student. All courses are available both online and on campus in NYC.
Social Psychology in Multicultural Organizations (PSGN 613)
Study social psychological models and processes around work behavior, persuasion, and team dynamics. You’ll learn how theories and models can help support diversity, inclusion, and a healthy work culture.
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (PSGN 604)
In this class, you’ll use mathematical techniques to conduct statistical analysis and better inform human behavior in the workplace. Methods covered include descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistics.
Theories of Leadership (PSGN 639)
This course explores the cognitive-behavioral aspects of leadership. You’ll learn how to use psychological principles for better people management, more effective organizational strategy and a stronger work culture.
Learn more about our courses and internship.
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 Real-World Experience
BENJAMIN ELMAN, PHD: The IO psychology program has been around for three years now and we have grown rapidly since then, from seven students up to 50 students. And our main focus is getting jobs for our students. Industrial organizational psychology is ultimately the study of people's attitudes, and their behaviors, and, of course, their unconscious attitudes as well, both the employees of the organization and also the customers of the organization.
DESCRIPTION: Elizabeth Biznath, 2017, M.S.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Two men sit at a table talking. Sam Merzel, 2016, M.S.
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.
DESCRIPTION: A young woman speaks to the professor in a classroom. Sasha Castro, 2017, M.S.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Elman
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.
DESCRIPTION: Elizabeth Biznath. Elizabeth sits at a desk looking down at sheets of paper.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Elman. A large number of people walk up and down a city sidewalk.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Sam Merzel. Sam and Benjamin conversate with one another.
DESCRIPTION: Elizabeth Biznath.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Sasha Castro.
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.
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Elman.
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.
DESCRIPTION: SASHA CASTRO
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.
DESCRIPTION: ELIZABETH BIZNATH
ELIZABETH BIZNATH, '17, MS: The teaching style is amazing and you will flourish in every single way possible because they are very supportive.
DESCRIPTION: Sam Merzel.
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.
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