Industrial/Organizational Psychology | Fairfield University (2023)

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology offers a solid education in the theories, philosophies, and practices of this dynamic and growing field. Faculty challenge students intellectually and offer individual guidance that provides a strong foundation on which to build a successful career.

The MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to educate students to apply psychological principles and techniques in the work environment that increase individual and organizational productivity. For candidates in this program, Fairfield's Northeast location in a region with many nonprofit and for-profit corporate organizations provides a wide range of opportunities for fieldwork, such as employee recruitment and selection, performance management/appraisal, training and development, motivations and job satisfaction, organization development, job analysis, and research and program evaluation.

Fairfield also offers a five-year BS/MA program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students interested in pursuing this program should contact Dr. Kathleen Tomlin, program director, during their sophomore or junior year to allow enough time to take pre-requisite courses which may only be offered once a year. Pre-requisites need to be completed before application for admission. Students should apply for admission online no later than April 1 of their senior year.

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Requirements & Course Offerings

Industrial-organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations, promoting efficiency and productivity, as well as the well-being of employees. Many graduates of the I/O Psychology MA program work in organizational settings after graduation, while others use their time in the program to strengthen their academic backgrounds in psychology before pursuing further graduate studies at another institution.

Required Courses

Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Organizational Development
Behavioral Statistics
Research in Psychology
Program Evaluation
Consulting Theory and Practice
Development and Training Programs
Fundamentals of Survey Design
Performance Coaching
Effective Interviewing
Field Work in Applied Psychology
Comprehensive Exam in Applied Psychology
One (1) elective course in Communication or Management

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

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Five-Year BA/MA Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This program has been designed for Fairfield University undergraduate students who are interested in a pathway to work in settings such as large organizations using specific psychology skills necessary to work as industrial/organizational specialists.

Graduates of the program assume positions in profit and non-profit organizations in human resources, training, consulting, research, organization development, recruiting and similar specialties. The skills, psychological principles and methodologies mastered in the program may be applied in a variety of organizational settings depending upon the student's interests and career choices.

See the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Five-Year Dual Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts Program requirements and course descriptions.

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College of Arts & Sciences Admission

Applicants for the MA in IO Psychology must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the University.

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Message From the Director

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Welcome Prospective Students!

On these pages, we hope that you will find helpful information about the Fairfield University Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. Some of you may already have a solid foundation in I/O psychology (through your undergraduate courses or work experience) but, for others, this may be your first exploration of this exciting field. We hope this site will provide you with helpful information about the field and about our specific program’s offerings.

As the director of the graduate program, I am passionate about increasing awareness of I/O psychology. I/O psychology is the application of psychological science to the study of work, with the goal of improving employee experiences and organizational performance. Grounded in the scientist-practitioner approach, it is an exciting applied field that lies at the intersection of psychology and management. If you enjoy asking challenging questions about human behavior and believe in evidence-based best practices, I/O psychology might be a good home for you.

As a modern-Jesuit university, Fairfield strives to care for the whole person – you will be assigned an advisor who will work closely with you throughout your graduate career and faculty are available and eager to support your academic, personal, and career goals. Our graduate students are diverse in terms of their backgrounds and interests and we hope that you will feel part of a supportive learning community.

We offer two degree options: a traditional master’s degree (typically completed in about two years) and a five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree (for Fairfield undergraduates who have completed a series of pre-requisites). All of our courses are focused on providing both knowledge and practical skills, making this program ideal for those who want to advance in their careers or pursue a new career path. We cover topics such as consulting, coaching, program evaluation, and survey design, as well as central courses in behavioral statistics and research methods.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (i.e., you can apply at any time!). After all components of your application are submitted, you should expect to be invited for an interview within a few weeks – following that interview, an official decision will be sent to you by email. While most students begin the program in the fall semester, we do have options for students who would like to begin in the spring or summer terms.

Please reach out to me with any questions about the program, the application process, or I/O psychology. You can contact me at

Katie Tomlin, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice
Graduate Program Director

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Career & Professional Opportunities

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Career & Professional Opportunities

Fairfield's Master of Arts in I/O Psychology provides:

  • Knowledge to enhance work in community agencies
  • Knowledge and skills for professional work in corporate organizations
  • Foundational knowledge and skills in psychology

Graduates of Fairfield's I/O Psychology programs are much in demand, finding advantageous fieldwork placements and meaningful employment with some of the country's top organizations:

  • Bayer Corporation
  • Cendant Mobility
  • Cendant International
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • Jones Retail Corporation
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • The College Board
  • Toyota Financial
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Surgical

Learn about how Fairfield's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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Advisory Board

Meet the Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board

Our Industrial-Organizational-Personnel program benefits from the wisdom and guidance of a dedicated Alumni Advisory Board made up of graduates who enjoy contributing to the University’s continuing excellence. Current members include:

Paul M. Connolly, PhD
Performance Programs, Inc.
P.O. Box 630
Old Saybrook. CT 06475

Ben Knecht
Senior Sales Operations Analyst
Sirius Decisions
187 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Susan O'Connor, MA
Executive Recruiter
Charter Communications
400 Atlantic Avenue
Stamford, CT 06901

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Caroline Swanson
Training and Performance Management
NERA Economic Consulting
360 Hamilton Avenue #10
White Plains, New York

Steve Winkel, PRC, MA
Vice President
People and Culture
Inspira Marketing Group
50 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Our faculty members are experts in their field and work closely with graduate students to provide academic advice and individualized attention that makes their experience as productive as it is rewarding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184 or toll-free (888) 488-6840.

No, the GREs are not required.

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs.

No. While some of our students attend full-time, most of our students are working professionals who attend our program part-time.

Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for two hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

We keep our classes small. On average, our maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 10 to 25.

An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our class interactions.

Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 6 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students who start in the Fall semester, the program can be completed in about two years. For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time.

Students are required, however, to complete their degree within five years after they begin their first course.

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Yes, graduate assistantships are offered that provide tuition credit for work. Please see the information noted on the website regarding available positions.

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What degree is best for industrial/organizational psychology? ›

Aspiring IO psychologists begin their educational pathway by earning a bachelor's in psychology. Graduates often begin working entry-level positions to gain experience. Simultaneously, students go on to earn a master's degree in IO psychology.

Is industrial/organizational psychology a good degree? ›

And whatever your undergraduate degree, pursuing an advanced degree in industrial-organizational psychology is a great way to make a career change from an entry-level position. Many people who move into I/O psychology do so from positions in human resources, business administration, or business analysis.

What are the 3 major areas of industrial/organizational psychology explain? ›

The field of I-O psychology can be divided into three broad areas (Figure 13.2 and Figure 13.3): industrial, organizational, and human factors. Industrial psychology is concerned with describing job requirements and assessing individuals for their ability to meet those requirements.

Is a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology worth it? ›

Yes, a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology is worth it for many students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, life, physical, and social science jobs are set to grow at 5% over the next 10 years, faster than the average for all occupations.

What are the highest paying I-O psychology jobs? ›

Highest Paying Industrial Organizational IO Psychology Jobs
  • Forensic Psychology Specialist. ...
  • Psychometrician. ...
  • Applied Social Scientist. ...
  • Personnel Psychologist. ...
  • Assessment Psychologist. ...
  • Human Capital Consultant. ...
  • Experimental Psychologist. ...
  • Insider Threat Analyst.

Are IO psychologists in demand? ›

The top state for industrial organizational psychologist jobs is California. California employs around 270 industrial and organizational psychologists. California also offers the highest mean annual salary for IO psychologists at $123,090.

Do IO psychologists make a lot of money? ›

As of May 2017, I-O psychologists nationwide earned an average annual wage of $102,530 with wages ranging from $50,730 to $184,520 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The job outlook for organizational psychologists is robust.

Do industrial psychologists make a lot of money? ›

How Much Does an Industrial Psychologist Make? Industrial Psychologists made a median salary of $96,270 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $137,930 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $69,780.

Are IO psychologists happy? ›

On average, industrial organizational psychologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.7/5.

How do I become an IO psychologist? ›

3 Keys to Becoming an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  1. Step 1: Study Psychology as an Undergraduate. Few colleges offer industrial/organizational psychology as an undergraduate major, so most students major in psychology. ...
  2. Step 2: Pinpoint Your Career Interests. ...
  3. Step 3: Earn a Master's Degree.
14 Apr 2020

Where can I study industrial psychology? ›

Study Options
  • SACAP Cape Town Campus.
  • SACAP Durban Campus.
  • SACAP Johannesburg Campus.
  • SACAP Online Campus.
  • SACAP Pretoria Campus.
1 Aug 2019

Who makes more money PhD or PsyD? ›

Both are usually highly respected. A PhD is typically viewed as a research-oriented degree. A PsyD is typically viewed as an appropriate degree for someone with clinical aspirations.
Doctoral Psychology Careers & Salaries.
CareersAnnual Median Salary
Exercise/Sports Psychologist$49,170
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What are the six major areas of industrial psychology? ›

Industrial Psychology: Top 6 Scopes of Industrial Psychology – Explained!
  • Economic, Social and Psychological Aspect of the Industry: ...
  • Study of the Physical Aspect of Work Environment: ...
  • Principles of Human Relationships: ...
  • Study of Aptitudes and Motives: ...
  • Study of Principles of Mental Health: ...
  • Study of Human Relation:

How many years does it take to become a industrial psychologist? ›

So how many years of school to be a psychologist? With the four years of a bachelor's degree and two years of a master's degree, the minimum time to become an industrial psychologist is six years. A master's in organizational psychology requires 30-48 credits rigorous coursework.

How much do I O psychologists make UK? ›

An entry level industrial organizational psychologist (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of £58,148. On the other end, a senior level industrial organizational psychologist (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of £103,582.

How much does an IO psychologist make in UK? ›

The national average salary for a Industrial Psychologist is £45,842 in United Kingdom.

Do IO psychologists do math? ›

Certain subjects of study that are common in industrial-organizational psychology degree programs have a basis in mathematics or quantitative studies, including coursework in psychology research methods, methods of statistical data analysis and psychometrics, the study of the statistics behind psychological assessments ...

How do I become an IO psychologist UK? ›

In the UK, becoming an Occupational Psychologist requires you to achieve Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). You'll also need to register as an Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

How many years is an IO psychology? ›

in IO psychology. Doctoral programs are offered both in person and online and usually take 4-5 years to complete. Most universities require applicants to hold a master's degree in psychology or another behavioral science to apply, though some only require a bachelor's degree.

Can an IO psychologist work in a hospital? ›

As an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, you may find yourself working in hospitals, clinics, or schools. Other areas that will require your expertise are labor unions, government agencies, recruitment centers, human resources, private practices, and small and large corporations to name a few.

How long does it take to get a PHD in IO psychology? ›

How long does it take to earn a doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology online? Online doctorate programs in industrial-organizational psychology usually require students to complete between 60 and 69 credits. For full-time students, this typically takes three to seven years.

What is the highest paid field in psychology? ›

Psychiatrists prescribe medications for patients with mental illnesses. Psychiatrist positions are by far the highest-paying jobs for psychology majors. The average salary is $217,798, according to PayScale. A psychiatrist should be licensed as a board-certified psychologist.

What psychologists make the most money UK? ›

Industrial- Organizational Psychologist

They help to enhance and improve the work efficacy, communication and work towards betterment of workplace in the organization. Their pay scale varies according to their work experience and at higher-ranking level, it can reach more than £80,000.

What type of psychologist is in high demand? ›

Clinical psychology, for example, is expected to grow in demand at an especially fast rate in line with similar growing demand for almost all healthcare positions.

How many hours do IO psychologists work? ›

Industrial organizational psychologists normally have a regular working schedule of 40 – 50 hours per week. The typical workday extends from 9 am to 5 pm. However, this can change on occasion when some employers are facing some problems that requires further hours of consultation.

What does an IO psychologist do on a daily basis? ›

Industrial and organizational (I/O) psychologists focus on the behavior of employees in the workplace. They apply psychological principles and research methods to improve the overall work environment, including performance, communication, professional satisfaction and safety.

Is clinical or industrial psychology better? ›

Depends on what you like more. Industrial psychology deals with employee motivation, hiring, retention, company reward system and so on. Clinical Psychology is more Pathology based and you will work in the health and mental health sector dealing with depression, and anxiety, stress, relationship issues etc.

How do I start a career in industrial psychology? ›

A master's degree is the basic degree needed to enter the field of Industrial Psychology. Many who wish to become an Industrial Psychologist enter a joint bachelor's/master's degree program. Students may also take courses in business school that relate to organizational, industrial, and human-relations specialties.

What are the five areas of industrial psychology? ›

The main areas include:
  • Recruitment.
  • Employee training & development.
  • Employee satisfaction & work-life.
  • Performance management.
  • Organizational development & management.

What should I study for IO psychology? ›

Skills Required to Become an Industrial Psychologist
  • Listening.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Negotiation and Persuasion.
  • Data Analysis.
  • Writing and Reading Comprehension.
  • Business Acumen.
  • Social Skills.
  • Teaching and Learning.
5 Feb 2022

Do you need maths for industrial psychology? ›


Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met. An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics or Technical Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 350.

What is the difference between industrial psychology and business psychology? ›

While I/O psychology focuses on more individual and personal workplace issues such as engagement and morale, business psychology applies psychological practices to big-picture areas. These areas include corporate strategy, stakeholder relationships, market performance, and broader business operations.

What is the difference between psychology and industrial psychology? ›

Industrial psychology tends to focus on hiring, training and development, assessing employee performance, and legal issues associated with those issues. Organizational psychology tends to focus on motivation, teamwork, and leadership.

Can a PsyD be called Doctor? ›

Is someone with a PsyD a doctor? Yes, as a doctorate-holder, a person who has earned a PsyD could definitely refer to themselves as “Dr.,” though it's good to note that PsyDs are not medical doctors and in most states cannot prescribe medication or conduct medical treatments.

Can PsyD call themselves Doctor? ›

Yes,PsyD is a doctorate degree of doctor of psychology, is an alternative degree that focuses on applied and clinical aspects of psychology.

Is a PhD worth more than a masters? ›

Both master's degrees and PhDs lead to increased salaries upon graduation. While PhDs usually earn a bit more than those with a master's degree, in some fields, the wages are identical, meaning that no financial benefit is gained from going on to a PhD.

What are the top three industries that employ psychologists? ›

Industry profile for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:
IndustryEmployment (1)Hourly mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services100$ 58.97
Employment Services50$ 52.99
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools240$ 52.92
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation)60$ 44.21
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What is taught in industrial psychology? ›

Industrial psychology refers to the applied organizational psychology used to study, analyze and understand human behavior in the workplace, mainly how business works and how employees function. Industrial psychology uses a range of scientific methods, including quantitative and qualitative research.

Why do you want to study industrial psychology? ›

The main reason to study industrial psychology is to make organizations more effective and efficient, while at the same time making conditions ideal for employees. Industrial psychology balances the needs of employees and organizations, which are both important.

What jobs can you do with an industrial psychology degree? ›

What are the Careers in Industrial-Organizational Psychology?
  • Human Resources Executive/Employee Relations. ...
  • Researcher. ...
  • Consumer Psychologist. ...
  • Organizational Development Psychologist. ...
  • College Professor. ...
  • Related Reading.
  • Further Reading.

How much do industrial psychologists make per month? ›

An intermediate level Industrial Psychologist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of R 293 000, while an experienced Industrial Psychologist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average R 529 000.

Can you be a psychologist after 4 years? ›

To become a clinical psychologist, you will need an undergraduate degree (four to five years of college) plus a doctorate degree (four to seven years of graduate school). For this specialty area, most people will spend between eight to 12 years in higher education.

What qualifications do you need to be an industrial psychologist? ›

How to become an industrial psychologist
  • An Honours degree in industrial psychology.
  • A directed Master's degree programme in psychology approved by the HPCSA.
  • Successful completion of a full-time approved internship of 12 months duration.
1 Aug 2019

What do I need to study industrial psychology? ›

A master's degree is typically required for students that are interested in becoming I-O psychologists in the private sector. The most common master's degree for this position is a Master's in Organizational Psychology, although some students may elect to complete a Master's in Business Administration.

What subjects do I need for industrial psychology? ›

Core subjects
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology.
  • Occupational Health and Ergonomics.
  • Personnel Psychology.
  • Career Psychology.
  • Organisational Psychology.
  • Psychometrics.
  • Research Methodology.

How hard is it to become an industrial/organizational psychologist? ›

With the four years of a bachelor's degree and two years of a master's degree, the minimum time to become an industrial psychologist is six years. A master's in organizational psychology requires 30-48 credits rigorous coursework.

How much do industrial psychologists make in UK? ›

The average industrial organizational psychologist gross salary in London, United Kingdom is £83,194 or an equivalent hourly rate of £40.

How do I become an industrial psychologist UK? ›

In the UK, becoming an Occupational Psychologist requires you to achieve Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). You'll also need to register as an Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What type of psychologist earns the most money? ›

Psychiatrists prescribe medications for patients with mental illnesses. Psychiatrist positions are by far the highest-paying jobs for psychology majors.

Does industrial psychology have math? ›

Certain subjects of study that are common in industrial-organizational psychology degree programs have a basis in mathematics or quantitative studies, including coursework in psychology research methods, methods of statistical data analysis and psychometrics, the study of the statistics behind psychological assessments ...

How long does it take to become an industrial/organizational psychologist? ›

Most master's graduates can obtain jobs within large corporations or organizations as I/O psychologists. It can take six to seven years to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Students who choose to pursue a doctorate can expect to be in school for 10 to 12 years.

What jobs can I get with an industrial psychology degree? ›

What are the Careers in Industrial-Organizational Psychology?
  • Human Resources Executive/Employee Relations. ...
  • Researcher. ...
  • Consumer Psychologist. ...
  • Organizational Development Psychologist. ...
  • College Professor. ...
  • Related Reading.
  • Further Reading.


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