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Master of Arts

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Program of Study

Your coursework will focus on how to enhance employee well-being and performance in organizational settings. You will learn how to scientifically implement and evaluate human resource systems, such as selection, training, and performance evaluation. In addition, you will ascertain how to evaluate and promote employee motivation, decision-making, work-life balance, diversity, and justice.


    Core Content Courses (12 credits)

    • Survey of Organizational Psychology
    • Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Personnel Psychology
    • Psychometric Theory and Research

    Advanced I/O Psychology Seminars (12 credits)

    Organizational Psychology Seminar 
    • Group Dynamics
    • Work Motivation
    • Occupational Health Psychology
    • Workplace Diversity and Discrimination

    Personnel Psychology seminar
    • Training, Evaluation and Development in Organizations
    • Performance Appraisal and Management

    Required Courses

    • Applied Statistics for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Research Methods in Industrial and Organizational Psychology


    Electives (6 credits)

    • Master's Thesis
    • Practicum in Organizational Research with Outmatch
    • Core Psychology Courses

      • Survey of Cognitive Psychology
      • Survey of Development Psychology
      • Social Psychology
    • Management courses in the School of Business
    • Advanced Coursework in Psychology


    Written comprehensive examination

    Internship, field experience, or study abroad component


    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information contact Program Director Sylvia Roch at [email protected].



    You will work with active faculty whose research interests span topics including organizational justice, work motivation, occupational health and productivity, work and family issues, performance appraisal/management, and group decision making.

    UAlbany’s research facilities will give you access to laboratories designed to accommodate group and individual studies, as well as a large volunteer participant pool for experiments.

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    Career Outcomes

    UAlbany's MA in I/O Psychology program has successfully placed students in a number of leading organizations including General Electric, the Internal Revenue Service, AMG Consulting Group, Mercer, Assess and Personnel Decisions Research Institutes.

    Potential job titles include:

    • Personnel Analyst
    • Organizational Psychologist
    • Talent Developer
    • Research Consultant
    • Human Resources Recruiter

    "The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at UAlbany more than prepared me for a career as an applied psychologist. The staff gave me a strong foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge that prepared me for excellence. I can link my success directly to this program and would recommend it to anyone interested in this field."

    Andrew D'Agostino, Senior Director, Product Management, Assess

    Admissions Requirements
    • Fall: February 15
    • Spring: Not Available
    • Summer: Not Available

    There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

    Required Application Materials
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Official GRE Test Scores
    • Statement of Goals

    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

    Special Notes

    This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

    Student Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

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    1. Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
    2. Students will be able to apply principles in the following areas:
      (a) Personnel Psychology
      (b) Organizational Psychology
      (c) Statistics
    3. Students will demonstrate consulting skills.
    4. Students will be able to critically review research literature.