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Program Overview


Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology is the study of people in formal organizations, including the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Organizational psychology is the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. IO psychologists work throughout industry – in consulting, human resources and training departments, government, research, and academia – to improve the well-being and outcomes of employees and organizations. IO psychologists also help organizations recruit, hire, train, retain, evaluate, and promote the best talent; cultivate and change organizational processes and culture; develop leaders; drive business decisions using theory and data; and improve diversity and inclusion efforts and impact in organizations.

The Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to make you an invaluable member of the workplace team in virtually any setting. Through evidence-based best practices and the ability to ask and answer the questions that matter, you’ll improve your marketable expertise and statistical skills, and graduate to a new world of career flexibility, mobility and advancement. Offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The program offers an in-person/hybrid cohort and a 100% online learning cohort (Spring start). The curriculum for both cohort options is identical. Designed for working professionals, students can earn a University of Maryland degree while continuing to work full-time with minimal disruption to personal and professional life. Students with specific academic questions may contact Dr. Nikita Arun, via email:

Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Provides rigorous training in the scientific principles and methods of IO Psychology that increases your ability to have a dramatic impact in the workplace. Learn more.

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