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Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Improve Performance in the Workplace

Are you interested in understanding motivation and human behavior to help improve performance and employee satisfaction? With Capella’s online master's in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology degree, you’ll be on the way to creating psychologically healthy work environments. Our curriculum emphasizes core principles that help to restructure companies to gain organizational effectiveness. Industries and organizations are a prime market for individuals who can help improve performance, motivation, and company morale. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 6 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project

Classes Start September 10th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Expand Your Knowledge

Understand the scientific merit of industrial/organizational professional literature.

Understand Research & Theory

Understand theoretical and research findings from the discipline of industrial/organizational psychology.

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

Embrace Diversity

Understand, respect, and respond to differences and diversity in the practice of industrial/organizational psychology. 

Administer Psychological Testing

Accurately select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests in the workplace.

Present Professionally

Effectively communicate psychological concepts and information within the professional community and public.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Real-World Application

Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learning to the work you do every day.

Flexible Schedule

Thanks to FlexPath, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace, potentially saving you time and money.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

This program is built on core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility, and designed for those interested in applying psychological theories to help companies restructure to gain organizational effectiveness.

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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$485 per credit, 55 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,700 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.

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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Student Success Story

"This degree will take people beyond business practices into understanding the psychology of the workplace."

Chelle O'Keefe
MS in Psychology

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.


Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

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

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY8711 Principles of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY7860 Survey of Research Methods
PSY8730 Consultation Psychology
PSY8720 Psychology of Leadership
PSY8740 Industrial/Organizational Psychology Practices in Human Resource Management

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

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

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related 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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