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Master’s in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

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Program Overview

Adler University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs prepare students to foster workplaces that encourage leadership, innovation, and wellbeing.

Our comprehensive program offers a Ministry-approved curriculum that integrates science, practice, and active learning. Bringing together theory, research, applied skills, and practical experience, it is designed to give students the in-depth theoretical knowledge and real-world experience to be effective, forward-thinking organizational experts.

Both programs prepare socially responsible specialists who utilize industrial and organizational psychology to address today’s most pressing workplace issues in a wide variety of professional settings, including human resources, academia, and consulting.

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      Thesis & Non-Thesis Options

      Adler University offers two options of its Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs for students. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program includes a thesis, and the Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is a non-thesis option. Both options offer a Ministry-approved curriculum that integrates science, practice, and active learning.

      Student Outcomes

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

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

      The program also features a 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.

      Graduate Spotlight

      Heinz Avendano, graduate
      Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

      Heinz Avendano, a student in the Vancouver Campus Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, completed his Social Justice Practicum at the Dignidad Migrante Society, a nonprofit that supports temporary workers in Canada. Dignidad offers free services to workers along with many community-oriented events, such as social events, and group emotional support. During his time at Dignidad, Avendano coached 16 female workers who were rescued from the Golden Eagle Farm, where working conditions were reported to be bleak. He also mapped worker services like pensions, trained volunteers, and attended workshops.

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      Curriculum

      Both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology are 45-credit hour programs. The M.A. option includes a thesis. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below.

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

      Core Courses

      MAIOP 215 - Leadership Development (3 cr.)

      This course addresses the principles of identifying and developing individual leader potential and organizational leadership capacity.

      MAIOP 220 - Consulting Skills (2 cr.)

      This course is designed to help the student develop the “core” organizational consulting skills. These include relationship skills with internal and external consulting clients, contracting, managing and delivering responses to requests for proposals (RFP’s), designing and delivering a training intervention, and the role and expectations of a consultant.

      MAIOP 222 - Social Justice Practicum I I (1 cr.)

      Students will acquire knowledge about community-based problems and the range of programs and services designed to address these problems; public health approaches, policy development, and implementation; and professional networking.

      MAIOP 225 - Social Justice Practicum II (1 cr.)

      Students will acquire knowledge about community-based problems and the range of programs and services designed to address these problems; public health approaches, policy development, and implementation; and professional networking.

      MAIOP 515 - Communication Theory and Pract (3 cr.)

      This course focuses on being an effective consultant. Acting as an effective consultant requires various skills including accurate self-awareness and effective interpersonal communication skills.

      MAIOP 520 - Introduction to Industrial- Organizational Psychology (1 cr.)

      This course will introduce the core domains of the Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology. Students will be introduced to the field of IO psychology and its core principles and practices.

      MAIOP 523 - Psychometrics Lab (1 cr.)

      With the increasing demand in evaluating the outcomes of organizational development initiatives, practitioners need to focus on the collection of valid and reliable data to inform policy decisions and to demonstrate to the funding authorities the effectiveness of their interventions.

      MAIOP 525 - Statistical Methods at Work (3 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to application of statistical analyses that are essential to supplement organizational effectiveness.

      MAIOP 535 - Ethics and Socially Responsible (1 cr.)

      This course introduces students to the relevance and importance of ethics and social responsibility in business. The objectives are to increase students’ awareness and understanding of ethical issues in business and the field of Organizational Psychology, and to provide useful conceptual tools to guide analysis and decisions.

      MAIOP 546 - Research Method in Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

      This course discusses the assumptions and methods of a range of research designs used in Organizational Psychology research.

      MAIOP 547 - Group Theory and Team Dynamics (3 cr.)

      This course focuses on in group/team structures and processes in organizations. This course provides students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to effectively facilitate groups and teams in need of support and development.

      MAIOP 571 - Organizational Systems and Structure (1 cr.)

      This course will provide an overview of organizational design theory relevant to the IO practitioner. The basic concepts of structure and dynamics of organizations as open systems will be introduced, along with other important organizational factors such as life cycle and culture.

      MAIOP 576 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

      This course provides students with an introduction to human resource management and the role of psychological theory and methodology in promoting strategic utilization and development of human resources in organizations.

      MAIOP 578 - Personnel Selection and Assessment (3 cr.)

      This course focuses on how to conduct practical and professional psychological assessments for the purpose of personnel selection and development in organizational settings.

      MAIOP 580 - Organizational Change and Development (3 cr.)

      This course provides an analysis of structures, culture, and leadership of organizations and how they differ. The majority of the course addresses the theories, activities, challenges and ethics of change-management initiatives affecting work units, task groups and individuals and the role of the consultant in these processes.

      MAIOP 582 - Organizational/Individual Coaching (2 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices in coaching in organizations and to examine the contemporary state of the field in the context of current theory and practice.

      MAIOP 586 - Organizational Psychology Practicum (1 cr.)

      The Professional Practicum is an opportunity for students to develop professional competence in a work context. Working in an organizational setting enables students to develop the ability to bring their academic training to bear on practical problems in diverse situations and to develop a critical appreciation of the roles and functions of organizational psychology practitioners in organizations and the community.

      MAIOP 587 - Organizational Psychology Practicum Continuation (0 cr.)

      Continuation of MAIOP 586: The Professional Practicum is an opportunity for students to develop professional competence in a work context.

      MAIOP 588 - Organizational Psychology Practicum Seminar (1 cr.)

      Using a peer consultation model, this semester provides students engaged in different stages of practicum training with an opportunity to discuss professional, development, and the supervision experiences.

      MAIOP 591 - Human Resource Development (1 cr.)

      This course will introduce students to core concepts and theories of adult learning and development. In addition, students will be introduced to the principles and practice of training and development.

      MAIOP 641 - Social Psychology and Well-Being (3 cr.)

      This course focuses on the social psychology concepts and processes to understand the interaction between self, people, and organizations. It addresses, the interplay between social psychological processes and organizational systems, and how these processes shape individual and organizational well-being.

      Thesis Series or Project

      Master of Arts (M.A.) students complete the thesis series, while Master of students complete the Project series.

      MIOP 550 - MIOP Project Preparation (1 cr.)

      This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to meet in a group format with peers and faculty as part of the comprehensive specialty project advising process.

      MIOP 551 - MIOP Project I (2 cr.)

      The MIOP Comprehensive Project is a student-directed study approved faculty member of a topic relevant to the theory and practice of organizational psychology.

      MIOP 552 - MIOP Project II (1 cr.)

      The MIOP Comprehensive Project is a student-directed study approved faculty member of a topic relevant to the theory and practice of organizational psychology.

      MAIOP 550 - MAIOP Thesis Preparation (1 cr.)

      This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to meet in a small group format with peers and their thesis advisor as part of the thesis advising process.

      MAIOP 551 - MAIOP Thesis I (1 cr.)

      The MAIOP Thesis is a student-directed study conducted in consultation with an approved faculty member of a topic relevant to the theory and practice of organizational psychology.

      MAIOP 552 - MAIOP Thesis II (1 cr.)

      The MAIOP Thesis is a student-directed study conducted in consultation with an approved faculty member of a topic relevant to the theory and practice of organizational psychology.

      MAIOP 553 - MAIOP Thesis III (1 cr.)

      The MAIOP Thesis is a student-directed study conducted in consultation with an approved faculty member of a topic relevant to the theory and practice of organizational psychology.

      Social Justice Practicum

      200-hour internship to give students real world experience

      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 a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

      Learn about Adler’s Social Justice Practicum

      Faculty Spotlight

      Shawn Ireland, Ed.D.
      Program Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

      Fostering environments that support exploring and challenging taken-for-granted or uncritically assimilated assumptions and values is the key to educating adults. This supports being curious about ideas, values and beliefs and provides for a more robust and complete examination of the theories, models and practices in the field of organizational psychology.

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      Admissions Requirements

      At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a strong record of academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

      Admissions reviews all submitted documents to see if they meet the following criteria.

      Requirements for completed applications:

      • All applicants – Domestic and International Students – must have a minimum UG GPA of 3.0 or higher. Some exceptions may be made for students who have a GR degree.
      • International students must have a minimum score in one of the following English proficiency tests:
        • 88 or better on the IBT (Internet-based TOEFL);
        • 6.5 IELTS in all bands;
        • PTE must have a minimum score of 62
      • Statement of Intent
      • Resume indicating related experience
      • Writing sample (M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology applicants only)
      • All applicants who meet the minimum requirements in (1) and (2) will be required to interview with a program representative. Applicants will be assessed on their academic background, work and/or volunteer experience, fit with university mission and the program of interest. Based on the interview, the decision will be (a) direct admission to the graduate program of interest, or (b) admission to the Graduate Preparatory Program (GPP) or (c) denied admission.
      • Students who are admitted to the GPP are required to successfully complete this 12-week, non-credit program with a 76% (B+) passing grade in order to proceed to their Graduate program.

      International Applicants

      Applicants with international (outside the U.S. or Canada) post-secondary education should send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office as this program is exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation. Please speak to your Admissions Advisor if you require more details.

      *Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

      Tuition & Fees

      Tuition for Adler University’s programs is charged each term according to the number of registered academic credits. The number of credits a student will register for varies by academic program and by term. To estimate the amount of tuition and fees that would be charged in a given term, please use our Tuition Estimator tool below, or read about tuition and fees for all Vancouver programs.

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