Industrial/Organizational Psychology MS in Psychology

MS in Psychology

Bring positive change to the workplace

To create a healthy, safe, and productive work environment, you need a deep understanding of workplace psychology. A Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology teaches you the skills to understand motivation and human behavior to create a functional, effective, and motivated workforce. At Capella, we offer an affordable, flexible, online degree program that can help you become a valuable leader in creating a dynamic, successful organization. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 4 Core courses
  • 6 Specialization courses
  • 1 Integrative project
  • 53 Total credits (15 max transfer)

Classes Start February 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL20).

With FlexPath, you can earn your master’s in psychology in 12 months and under $11,500.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology program highlights

Two flexible online learning formats

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two 100% competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Improve performance in the workplace

Help improve individual and organizational performance and motivation by developing plans for evaluation, training, and recruiting.

Study with scholar-practitioners

All of our core faculty members hold doctorates and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practices, to students.

Develop practical skills

Curriculum is designed to be applied to real-life situations, preparing you with the skills needed to be effective in the workplace.

Explore critical theory

Dive deeper into the psychological theory and research applied to core concepts that help you create psychologically healthy work environments.

Employment of industrial-organizational psychologists is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career opportunities, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, or other career outcome.

Meet our psychology faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Chelsea Overholt, PhD

Faculty Chair, I/O Psychology

Deborah Vogele Welch, PhD

Core Faculty

Angela Bruch, PhD

Core Faculty

Gordon Williamson, PhD

Core Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$495 per credit, 53 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,800 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 8 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

"FlexPath allowed me to go to school without cutting corners on my job since there were no defined classroom hours or set deadlines that had to be met."

Read the full interview »

Stephen King*
MS in Industrial Organizational Psychology
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

$5K toward your master's

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Industrial/Organizational sample courses

Courses in our online master's in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology program cover leadership theories, group development, motivation and workplace performance, conflict resolution, and testing and selection processes.

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Principles of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

In this course, learners identify and confirm theories and research of industrial/organizational psychology. Learners examine and explain the various psychological constructs affecting individuals, groups, teams, and organizations in the workplace and assess diversity and ethical principles as they relate to decisionmaking processes. Learners also evaluate the differences between industrial and organizational psychology and implement various assessment methods, models, and interventions applicable across workplace settings.

5 quarter credits
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners develop and apply skills needed to become educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7860 or RSCH7860.

4 quarter credits
Consultation Psychology

Learners in this course evaluate current theories of psychological consultation and analyze the variety of roles and interventions that engage psychological consultants in an applied setting. Learners examine psychological consultants’ contributions to clinical, educational, industrial, and organizational settings and demonstrate the competencies required to evaluate and conduct psychological consultative services through applied case work, practice, and self-appraisal. Other course topics include consultation ethics, models of consultation research, and the dynamics of the consultant-client relationship.

5 quarter credits
Psychology of Leadership

This course provides a comprehensive review of leadership theories and factors, including leader development, leadership styles, and multicultural issues relevant to leadership in various settings. Learners research and evaluate leadership principles and apply leadership theory to clinical, counseling, educational, organizational, and sports settings. Learners examine case studies; investigate and evaluate the processes and best practices of leader development; analyze their own leadership strengths; and relate this knowledge to their professional practice.

5 quarter credits
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Practices in Human Resource Management

Learners in this course analyze psychologically based methods, tools, and practices used in industrial/organizational psychology, including needs assessment, personnel selection, job analysis, performance management and appraisal, organizational functioning, motivation, training, and management, in the context of their application to human resource management. Learners identify the underlying psychological theories, research, and approaches related to human resource management and synthesize these theories and research to develop evidence-based application grounded in science and scholarship. Throughout the course, learners gain and demonstrate a working knowledge of organizational systems and culture.

5 quarter credits

What you'll learn

If you’re looking to improve workplace performance and help create a psychologically healthy environment, our MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialization can help by teaching you how to:

  • Demonstrate the value of I/O professional literature.
  • Apply ethical principles to academic and professional activities.
  • Develop psychological testing.
  • Understand research and theory.
  • Embrace diversity.
  • Communicate professionally.

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Manager or director of training
  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Assessment specialist
  • Manager or director of human resources or organizational development
  • Research associate
  • Organizational consultant (internal or external)
  • Self-employed
  • Executive/leadership coach (internal or external)
  • Manager or director of labor relations

Employment settings to explore

  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Industrial setting
  • Corporation
  • Military
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Organizational consulting firm
  • Research organization
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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