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Industrial-Organizational Psychology, MA

Program at a Glance


Industrial-Organizational Psychology, MA


Online, Hybrid

Total Units



No GMAT or
GRE Required

Program Overview

This graduate program prepares students to enter or advance in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and allied disciplines. Students will receive thorough grounding in the field’s major theoretical frameworks, consulting and other professional practice models, and individual, team and organizational research methods. Graduates of the program assume leadership roles in industrial-organizational psychology in small, medium, and large organizations in a variety of fields such as technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, entertainment, or work in global consulting firms servicing US and international clients. This program is a STEM-designated degree program.

The skills students acquire throughout the course of their studies prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in industrial-organizational psychology in small, medium, and large organizations in a variety of fields — technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, entertainment — or work at global consulting firms. Graduates are also well-prepared to pursue doctoral study in industrial-organizational psychology and related disciplines.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.50 should submit a statement of purpose and a resume.
    The statement of purpose should address the circumstances that may have led the applicants to poor academic performance, what had changed and why they think they’ll be successful now.


The Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology requires completion of 33 units in the advanced program, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. For further information regarding graduation requirements, see Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology will possess the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the main theoretical frameworks of industrial-organizational psychology with emphasis on organizational behavior, team and individual functioning, and leadership in a global context.
  • Examine the dynamic and evolving nature of professional practice with focus on careers in industrial-organizational psychology, as well as human resources, executive coaching, and management consulting.
  • Learn assessment tools to measure and diagnose individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Explore contemporary challenges such as diversity in organizations, managing generational differences, and the growing role of human resources technology.
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