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As part of our comprehensive portfolio of psychology
offerings that help build professionals and leaders in this field, our graduate
certificate program in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to
broaden the working professional’s knowledge to apply the principles of
industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology in business and organizational
settings. Individuals interested in the scientific study of employees,
workplaces, and organizations can learn to apply psychology to the workplace by
using psychological principles and research methods to solve problems and
improve the quality of work life.
Students will explore workplace motivation and attitudes,
employee training, evaluation and leadership, organizational behavior, and
human resource management. Upon successful graduation from the
industrial/organizational psychology graduate certificate program, students
could help drive positive change in organizations by improving employee performance, attitudes,
or behaviors by applying the theories, methods, and current practices used in
certificate program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and
principles related to workplace productivity, management, or employee working
styles and morale. You can apply psychological principles and research methods
to solve problems and help organizations improve the quality of work life for
employees. The program is also designed to help you:
Individuals who can apply research and current industrial/organizational psychology strategies to improve the well-being and performance of people and their employers could find opportunities in employee related functions within various work settings. This can include support in employee selection and development, understanding and apply job motivation initiatives, and helping companies and their workforce through organizational change.
The need for workers who can help organizations keep employees motivated and engaged could also be increasing, considering a recent Gallup poll which showed over 70 percent of American workers are either actively or passively disengaged from their work.* Positions that could benefit from an industrial/organizational psychology degree include human resources specialists or managers, training and development managers, or positions working with management on matters such as policy planning, employee screening training or organizational development.
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 22, 2017
This course focuses on the structure, function, processes, and other organizational -level constructs that impact the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Emphasis is on classical and contemporary theories of organizations, organizational structure, organizational design, technology, and the process of organizational policy formation and implementation. The course explores theory and research into surveying and facilitating change in individuals, groups, and organizations to improve effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction, work life quality, and retention.
Total Program Credits: 30
This course examines the theoretical foundations of organizational management and behavior, and explores how organizations function. Topics include decision making and group processes in organizations; conflict management and resolution; nature and design of effective organizations; power, influence, and internal politics; and program and organizational development and evaluation.
This course examines the individual/team and the workplace environment, paying particular attention to direction, strength, and persistence of relevant individual/team behavior in organizations when individual/team abilities and organizational constraints are held constant. The course will focus on human motivation and relevant psychological research and theory related to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Emphasis is placed on determinants, consequences, and measurement of job satisfaction, work life quality, and related constructs such as involvement and commitment.
This course focuses on the development of skills for supervising, training, and evaluating employees. The course explores theory and practice in job and task analysis along with performance appraisal including legal aspects, techniques available, current research, cognitive aspects, and reliability and validity issues. Emphasis is on methods of measuring and evaluating individuals as they perform organizational tasks and actions with individuals emerging from such appraisals, including coaching. The knowledge base includes a thorough understanding of rating scale construction and use, as well as understanding of the relative advantages of different rating sources (e.g., supervisory vs. peer).
This course examines psychological principles related to human resources management in both physical and virtual work environments. Topics include aspects of the hiring process, including employee selection and performance appraisal; affirmative action, labor laws, harassment, and equal-opportunity decision making; design and evaluation of training programs; training methods and leadership/management development; the work environment; compensation, benefits, and rate increases; and disciplinary action.
The field placement experience in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The field placement is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.
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Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
* Gallup, State of the American Workplace, on the Internet at http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/163007/state-american-workplace.aspx (accessed August 2013).
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