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Notre Dame of Maryland University Introduces Bachelors in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

December 26, 2011

Notre Dame of Maryland University now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-organizational psychology (IOP), a dynamic field that explores workplace issues at both the individual and organizational levels, in order to improve the performance and well-being of employees and employers. The program will be offered through Notre Dame’s coeducational College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, which offers classes evenings and weekends to accommodate working students.

Notre Dame is the only Maryland college or university offering a degree program specializing in the industrial-organizational branch of psychology. Anchored in Notre Dame’s department of psychology and criminology, IOP applies principles of psychology, business and sociology to the study of organizational behaviors and structures. IOP professionals strengthen organizational effectiveness, increase workplace productivity and satisfaction, enhance employee training and assessment processes, and promote ethical work environments. Graduates armed with an IOP degree pursue careers in human resources, sales, labor relations, vocational rehabilitation, personnel, training, consulting, program management, career counseling and administration.

“Many of our adult students are already employed in administrative, supervisory, human services or other business settings,” said Sr. Christine De Vinne, vice president of academic affairs. “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 allows us to leverage the pedagogies and delivery models that work best for adult learners, including flexible class schedules with both accelerated and semester-long options.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook anticipates strong demand for IOP professionals in coming years. Their skills are called upon to boost worker productivity and retention in many industries, and help organizations navigate workplace diversity and anti-discrimination issues. Their expertise in survey design and analysis will be increasingly sought to develop tools for marketing evaluation and statistical analysis, the report notes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment 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.

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