Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O)

The graduate certificate program in industrial/organizational psychology at Kaplan University is designed to broaden the working professional’s knowledge. Study how to apply the principles of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology in business settings through the scientific study of employees, workplaces, and organizations.

Students will explore workplace motivation and attitudes, employee training, evaluation and leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Upon successful graduation from this certificate program, students could help drive positive change in organizations by improving employee performance, attitudes, or behaviors. Our industrial/organizational psychology graduate programs are part of our comprehensive portfolio of psychology courses that help build leaders in this field.

Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Highlights

Our I/O psychology certificate program focuses on the principles related to workplace productivity, morale, management, and employee working styles. You can apply psychological research methods to help organizations improve the quality of work life for employees. The industrial/organizational psychology certificate program is also designed to help you:

  • Apply of contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations
  • Engage in research in the focal area(s) of the science of psychology
  • Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to arrive at professional practice strategies
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psychology
  • Gain real-world experience with our industrial/organizational practicum
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Prepare for Future Studies

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.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

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.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 30

    • PS 540: INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 541: ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND BEHAVIOR Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 542: WORKPLACE MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 543: ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP—MANAGEMENT, TRAINING, AND EVALUATION Change

      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).

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 544: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 545: INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL FIELD PLACEMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Gallup, State of the American Workplace, on the Internet at http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/163007/state-american-workplace.aspx (accessed August 2013).