Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/0)

Department of Psychology

THEODORE ROSEN, Graduate Program Director
ASHLEY WATERS, Graduate Program Coordinator

Adjunct Professors
RANA BALCI-SINHA, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Engineering Science
ERIC DUNLEAVY, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
JAMES GRIFFITH, Ph.D., The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA; Applied Social/Organizational Psychology
ELLIOT LASSON, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Industrial/Organizational Psychology
LORIN MUELLER, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
JOHN P. MILATZO, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA., Educational Research and Evaluation
ED RUDOW, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; Organizational Psychology
KAYO SADY, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
MAEGAN SADY, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX; Clinical Psychology
ETHAN SANDERS, M.S., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Applied Behavioral Science

Degrees Offered

M.P.S.: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (non-thesis degree)

The Master in Professional Studies: Industrial/Organizational Psychology is offered at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD.

Program Description

Designed to provide a master's level education in the areas of human resources, personnel selection, and training and development, the I/O Psychology program is a highly applied program that explores and integrates important topics including organizational behavioral management, human factors, and professional human resources practice. The program culminates with a professional capstone experience. Additionally, the program helps students to develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals.

Education Objectives

The M.P.S. degree in I/O Psychology is designed as a 30-credit master’s level program with graduate credits distributed as follows: core courses (15 credits), specialty courses (12 credits), and a capstone course (3 credits).

This program will prepare students to understand the processes and problems involved in the areas of human resources, personnel selection, and training and development. Students will gain advanced knowledge in the following competencies:

  • Statistical Methods and Data Analysis
  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Contexts
  • Measurements of Individual Differences
  • Criterion Development
  • Job and Task Analysis
  • Employee Selection, Placement and Classification
  • Performance Appraisal and Feedback
  • Work Motivation
  • Organizational Development

Degree Requirements / Program Admission

Students who wish to pursue the M.P.S.: Industrial/Organizational Psychology need to have a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology OR a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field with required prerequisite coursework which includes an introductory course in Psychology, a Social Psychology course and a Research Methods or statistics course.

Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited undergraduate program.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission but can be submitted to supplement an application. Additional program information can be found at:

Application information can be found at:

Program Requirements

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology [3]
  • Seminar in Social Psychology [3]
  • Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology [3]
  • Methods of Assessment in I/O Psychology [3]
  • Professional Human Resources Practice [3]
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in I/O Psychology [3]

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Practicum in I/O Psychology [3]

Specialty Courses (12 credits)

  • Advanced Seminar in I/O Psychology [3]
  • Human Factors [3]
  • Organizational Behavior Management [3]
  • Instructional Systems Development I [3] Online
  • Principles in Training and Development [3] Online

Financial Assistance

This program does not offer merit-based financial aid. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit,


Organizational Behavior Management [3]
The purpose of this class is to expose students to a behavior-analytic conceptualization of organizational behavior and the underlying research on applied interventions in a variety of organizational settings. The readings and class discussions will provide students with a strong foundation in organizational psychology from a behavioral orientation. Among the topics covered in the class are performance assessment, performance measurement, intervention techniques (for example: training, prompts. incentive systems, feedback, including 360-degree feedback, self-monitoring, goal setting, and leadership), follow-up, and maintenance of interventions. Students will also develop a research proposal for an OBM-type intervention in an applied setting. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology [3]
This course covers a general survey of industrial psychology, including such topics as personnel selection and evaluation, job satisfaction, environmental factors and current research on individual behavior in complex organizations. *Note that this course serves as a pre- or co-requisite for all M.P.S.:I/O Psychology courses. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, 340 and/or consent of instructor.

Seminar in Social Psychology [3]
Class sessions involve regular discussions and exchanges of information among students and the faculty member on topics of social psychology. Discussion topics include perception and attribution, attitudes, self-identity, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, social influence, persuasion, prosocial behavior, aggression, group behavior, job satisfaction and work, quality of life and mental health, and forensics. Particular focus is on how the content of these topics can be applied to real-world situations for increased individual and group well-being and productivity. Prerequisite: PSYC 340 and/or consent of instructor.

Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology [3]
This course gives students the background and the basic understanding of statistical theory and techniques required in the field of industrial / organizational psychology. The course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics, with emphasis on statistical techniques used in the practice of industrial / organizational psychology, including analysis of variance and multiple regression. Students are also introduced to the advanced topics of analysis of covariance, factor analysis, reliability analysis, discriminant analysis, and path analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 331 (or equivalent) and/or consent of instructor.

Methods of Assessment in I/O Psychology [3]

This course provides an I/O-oriented introduction to intellectual and personality assessment of individuals working in organizations. In addition, it gives an introduction/overview of basic measurement theory; essentials of test evaluation including reliability, validity and utility; methodology of test and survey construction, development, and analysis; and the utilization and interpretation of test scores. Prerequisite: PSYC 331 (or equivalent) , Introduction to I/O Psychology course or equivalent, Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology course and/or consent of instructor.

Professional Human Resources Practice [3]

This course gives an overview of personnel selection from an I/O prospective in terms of theory, practice, and research. Topics include needs analysis, personnel selection and placement, interviewing (research and techniques), and performance appraisal, training and development. In addition, validity and utility of predictors of job performance will be addressed as will Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and their implications in terms of personnel selection, retention, training, and management. Prerequisite: Introduction to I/O Psychology course or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor.

Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in I/O Psychology [3]

This course addresses ethical issues involved in the practice or application of psychology in promoting employee and organizational physical and mental health and well-being. In addition, students will discuss legal issues, such as EEO, affirmative action, ADA as well as issues relating individuals of different ages and cultures, health status, organizations and local, national, and international communities; the legal system; and policy-making. Also highlighted are issues of ethnic and cultural sensitivity, and sexual harassment. Prerequisite: Introduction to I/O Psychology course or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor.

Practicum in I/O Psychology [3]

This course serves as the capstone experience for M.P.S.: I/O Psychology graduate students and provides those students with practical experience in the field. UMBC faculty and staff will help place students in relevant, supervised internships. Alternatively, for students currently working in I/O, faculty and staff will help students find or design an enriching internship experience within their own company. In addition to the work experience, students will complete a portfolio of their work-products and will culminate the course with an in-depth written analysis of the experience and a formal presentation. The course, taken during the student’s final semester requires a minimum of 9 on site work hours per week. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Advanced Seminar in I/O Psychology [3]

This course provides selected topics in I/O Psychology. Courses offered under different topics count for separate specialty courses. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Human Factors [3]
This course provides background in the areas of Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction as they relate to the design and use of information systems in the workplace. In addition, this course addresses the importance and interdisciplinary nature of information systems, computer science, psychology, and sociology as they relate to the design of usable systems. Quantitative and qualitative methods for analyzing usability will be discussed and conducted, including task analyses, usability tests, and expert reviews, as well as ongoing assessments of installed products by interviews and surveys. Students learn about the design lifecycle and guidelines that are involved in developing professional-level, high quality user interfaces. Students also learn to address the needs of disabled users in terms of accommodation and accessibility. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Instructional Systems Development I [3]
Offered through the ISD program as EDUC 602.
The course focuses on theoretical processes and models of instructional systems and their applications in a variety of settings. Students acquire the competencies to analyze educational and training needs in terms of general systems theory, to develop and sequence learning objectives, to design instructional strategies and to develop evaluation procedures. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Principles in Training and Development [3]
Offered through the ISD program as EDUC 671.
This course provides an overview of designs used in educational research. Topics include, but are not limited to, experimental, quasi-experimental, historical, ethnographic and phenomenological modes of inquiry. Emphases are on the assumptions, applications, tools and procedures associated with each of the varied designs. For example, study of experimental and quasi-experimental design will attend to issues such as validity, randomization and multivariate statistics. Prerequisite: EDUC 601, EDUC 602 and/or consent of instructor.

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