George Mason University's online Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology provides instruction in research-backed methods and understanding of data and analytics. It is intended to give HR professionals and business professionals the skills they need to foster a culture where each employee feels empowered and motivated to contribute new ideas, effect change, and do their best work every day. Students learn how to assess and evaluate candidates to determine their fit for the company and specific positions, identify employees’ individual motivations, establish meaningful evaluations and reward systems, and improve training and performance programs. Main areas of study focus on understanding and applying concepts in: research and data analytic methods, evidence-based practices, and client communication skills.


The online master’s in organizational psychology program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. You can apply here.


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Banner Code: LA-MPS-AIOP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

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Fundamentals of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSYC 598Introduction to the Science and Practice of Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 641Foundations of Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 637Foundations of Industrial Psychology3
PSYC 616Employee Selection3
Total Credits12

Principles of Research and Data Analysis in Psychology

PSYC 603Psychological Research Methods3
PSYC 601Applied Data Analysis in Psychology I3
PSYC 602Applied Data Analysis in Psychology II3
Total Credits9

Application of Evidenced-Based Principles in Psychology

Complete one semester (3 credits) of the following:
PSYC 730Practicum in Applied Psychology3
Total Credits3


Select two courses from the following:6
Applied Leadership in the Workplace
Motivation and Well-Being
Applied Teamwork in the Workplace
Organizational Change and Development
Performance Management
Workplace Training
Total Credits6

Program Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate methods used in research studies--for yourself, your employer, and/or other researchers
  2. Know how to design an appropriate research project to maximize knowledge about a workplace topic, while recognizing the methodological limitations it may have
  3. Communicate research methods to a technical and non-technical audience using multiple modes