2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor

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Psychology Applied to Work

Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the scientific study of psychology applied to work settings for the purpose of improving organization effectiveness and employee well-being.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, I/O psychology is expected to be the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. over the next decade with a +53% national projected growth rate and above average median salaries (www.online.onet.org).  Related occupations for I/O psychologists have projected job growth rates ranging from +8% to +22%.  (See Careers in Psychology below.)

Scientist-Practitioner Model

I/O psychologists employ a scientist-practitioner approach, utilizing research and data to make recommendations and implement improvements that enhance the effectiveness of organizations and employee well-being.  I/O psychology lies at the cross roads of psychology and business.  Maryville University offers concentrated and sequenced coursework in I/O psychology that emphasizes the application of psychological theory to practice.  The minor culminates in an Organization Consulting course where students apply psychological theory and methods to help a real client organization improve effectiveness.  A bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in I/O uniquely prepares students for graduate programs in I/O psychology.

Careers in I/O Psychology

I/O psychologists are prepared for careers in one of the fast growing areas of:

  • Selection and Assessment managers or specialists
  • Succession and Talent Review managers or specialists
  • Talent Assessment managers or specialists
  • Leadership and Organization Development managers or specialists
  • Talent Management managers or specialists
  • Learning and Development  managers or specialists
  • Executive Assessment and Coaching managers or consultants
  • Employee Engagement managers or specialists
  • Human Resource managers or specialists
  • Organization Effectiveness consultants
  • I/O Psychologists/Consultants
  • Research Scientists/Consultants

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor General Requirements:

(24 total credits for minor)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor Elective Course

Select ONE of the following elective courses in consultation with your adviser:

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