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Online | Master of Arts

Master’s (M.A.) in Industrial and Organizational

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology trains students in one of psychology’s fastest-growing specialties: the scientific study of how human beings shape the business world, and how businesses shape human beings, the groups to which they belong, and the communities in which they live.

We prepare socially responsible I/O professionals with insight, innovation, and direction to address today’s complex organizational issues of workplace diversity and inclusiveness, employee performance, change management, workplace safety, organizational culture, team building, and more.

Adler University applies a unique emphasis on social justice and inclusion. We do so through intensive online coursework and real-world experience through a community engagement project that supports resume-building success toward employment after graduation.



As part of the online M.A. in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology, students will select from three specialized concentrations – Data Science, Training and Development, or Human Resources Management – tailored to their desired career path.

No Concentration

* Select two courses from the elective courses below:

  • MIO-520: Workplace Measurement and Performance Management (3 credits)
  • MIO-523: Coaching and Consulting (3 credits)
  • MIO-521: Employee Development (3 credits)
  • MIO-525: E-Learning (3 credits)
  • MIO-522: Data Science (3 credits)
  • MIO-526: Data Analytics for Programming (3 credits)
  • MIO-527: Overview of Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MIO-528: Risk and Change Management (3 credits)
Training and Development Concentration

The Training and Development concentration prepares students to analyze and create effective training and development programs from a strategic, organization-wide standpoint. As part of the concentration, students learn how to build, improve, and implement programs inclusive of the organization’s various populations, including e-learning programs, needs assessments, and performance development.

  • MIO-521: Employee Development (3 credits)
  • MIO-525: E-Learning (3 credits)
Data Science Concentration

The Data Science concentration is geared for students who want to become experts at analyzing data and using it to make informed, socially responsible decisions that impact their organizations. Students in this concentration will learn key principles of data collection and analysis, various models and uses of the data science lifecycle, and how to navigate through several major data analytics platforms.

  • MIO-522: Data Science (3 credits)
  • MIO-526: Data Analytics for Programming (3 credits)
Human Resources Management Concentration

Students in the Human Resources Management concentration learn to view human resources from a strategic perspective to help an organization meet its goals and objectives. In the concentration, students will focus on designing comprehensive human resource programs, understanding risk management, and navigating change management within an organization. Graduates of the program will also be prepared to pursue the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification.

**Note. Students selecting this concentration will take an additional course, for a total of 39 credits.

  • MIO-520: Workplace Measurement and Performance Management (3 credits)
  • MIO-527: Overview of Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MIO-528: Risk and Change Management (3 credits)
Thesis or Capstone
  • PSYC-511: MA Capstone (3 credits); or
  • PSYC-512: MA Thesis (3 credits)


This 36-credit program is offered entirely online and can be completed in as few as 12 months, making it an attractive option for students who may be currently employed. Our asynchronous learning model allows for convenience and flexibility.

Core Courses
  • MIO-502: Organizational Theory (3 credits)
  • INDS-503: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • MIO-504: Organizational Development and Change (3 credits)
  • INDS-502: Statistics (3 credits)
  • MIO 509: Group Dynamics (3 credits)
  • MIO 524: Training Theory (3 credits)
  • MIO 512: Talent Selection and Recruitment (3 credits)
  • MIO-517: Talent Management (3 credits)
  • INDS-531: Adlerian Theory in Socially Responsible Practice (1 credit)
  • SJP 515-518: Social Justice Practicum (2 credits)

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real-world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given several civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After this, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Our students are well-prepared for a wide range of in-demand positions in industries as diverse as healthcare, biotechnology, marketing, engineering, banking, and manufacturing. In the industrial area of practice, I/O practitioners may work in recruitment, selection, and placement; compensation and benefits; performance management; job analysis, research, survey development and validation; measurement of training effects; safety and performance issues related to human factors; and consumer behaviors. In the organizational area of practice, I/O practitioners may work in organizational culture and diversity; organizational change; organizational development; leadership development; group and team dynamics; instructional design and training development; motivation and rewards; work-life balance; and organizational branding.


Our program prepares specialists in industrial and organizational psychology to work as internal and external consultants or full-time professionals in a variety of fields, including:

  • Human resources
  • Occupational health and wellbeing
  • Talent management consulting
  • Organizational change
  • Learning and development
  • Group dynamics and facilitation
  • Employee relations
  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Academia
  • Private practice
Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change in the workplace with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars.

Our program offers extensive individualized advising and mentorship to ensure students develop their leadership capacity, a collective act that requires personal mastery and the ability to cultivate high-quality relationships. Students learn to identify and build on others’ strengths and talents to create authentic, generative relationships in service of a purposeful vocational life.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a transformative, high-impact field experience completed by all Adler students to cultivate skills for becoming agents of social change. This goes hand-in-hand with the program’s core professional practicum tailored to students’ career goals. Through our partnership network, students gain real-world experience and build their professional reputation among those who are redefining work in the 21st century.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first two courses in order to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve a full admission status.

Provisional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university.

Application Process

Adler University takes pride in its diverse student body, representing a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. The University admits individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility. Ideal candidates for admission are those who will make a difference in their communities and in the lives of the individuals and families they serve upon graduation.

All applicants should fulfill the minimum admission requirements for the program they choose and must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in spoken and written English.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.*

*Unofficial transcripts can be used for application review. Official valid transcripts must be received prior to the end of the first course. Provisional admission will be granted until receipt of official transcripts.  Transcripts from non-degree granting institutions may be eligible to be waived.

International Applicants

In addition to a completed application, all transcripts from outside of Canada or the United States must be evaluated on a course-by- course basis by a transcript evaluation service, World Education Services (WES) ( or Educational Credentialing Evaluators (ECE) ( Please note that we require all official transcripts (and official translations if not in English) as well as the course-by-course international credential evaluation.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores from one of the following testing services directly to the University. Scores are only valid if taken within two years of enrollment. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in Canada or the United States may not be required to prove English language proficiency.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • Adler University’s code for receiving test scores is 1147
  • Paper-based TOEFL minimum score is 580
  • Computer-based TOEFL minimum score is 240
  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 92, with at least 22 on all four sections

International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • A minimum Overall Band score of 7.0 is required, with no band lower than 7.0

Pearson Test of English (PTE):

  • A minimum overall score of 62 is required

Duolingo English Test:

  • A minimum overall score of 115 or higher
Online Learning Format

Online Learning Format

Adler University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our 65-year history. Our innovative online graduate courses deliver an engaging, interactive learning experience designed to accommodate your busy schedule.

Online learning offers a great deal of independence and flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Our online student body is supported by the same administrative and academic staff who serve our on-campus students. Your instructors are also available to answer your questions, provide more information, and connect you with additional resources to help you succeed. In addition, your cohort classmates will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

Change the World From
Anywhere in the World

You may have a fulltime job, family obligations or other things that command your attention. We get it. That said, you have a passion to make the world a better place. We have online programs that are crafted and curated to give you skills to make it happen.

No matter where in the world or in life you are.

Adler is a tight knit community of radical thinkers and doers. Know, that as an online student, you are not alone. You are one of us. The work you will be asked to do, will be the same as every other Adler student. The skills you will learn will be just as powerful. And the degree you will receive, will speak just as loudly.

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