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Department: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

About the Program


Industrial-Organizational Psychology majors are in demand!

The major in industrial/organizational psychology prepares professionals for human resource functions, such as employee selection, job analysis, and performance evaluation, as well as broader psychosocial aspects of the workplace, such as attitudes, behavior, emotions, health, balance, and motivation. The major promotes multidisciplinary competencies in psychology, business, and sociology, with attention to both real-world applications and analytical methods. 

Many adult students are already employed in administrative, supervisory, human services or other business settings. Their existing skills are relevant to the practice of IOP, and the program will equip them to move up the ladder in their organizations. Offering the program through the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies leverages the pedagogies and delivery models that work best for adult learners, including flexible class schedules with both accelerated and semester-long options.

Industrial-organizational psychology uses principles of psychology and related social sciences to study and improve the workplace.  Industrial-organizational psychology is a dynamic field that explores workplace issues at both the individual and the organizational levels, with a goal of improving the performance and well-being of employees and employers. To adapt to the fast-changing and competitive economy, the public and private sectors use principles of industrial-organizational psychology to enhance their ability to build a productive workforce, serve client needs, and realize strategic priorities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment for industrial-organizational psychology professionals is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Maryland has a large number of positions for IOP professionals, second only to Massachusetts. The BLS reports that the Greater Baltimore-Washington corridor hosts a particularly strong concentration of careers in the field.

Anchored in the psychology department, industrial/organizational psychology reflects both the university’s traditional liberal arts base and its commitment to preparing graduates for the workplace. Businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations will benefit from professionals who can shape organizational infrastructure by recruiting, training, and assessing employees, strengthening organizational development, increasing workplace productivity and satisfaction, encouraging work-life balance, and promoting ethical, bias-free work environments.