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M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration

The Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology Concentration within the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program prepares students for careers as practitioners and researchers by emphasizing a curriculum of evidence-based practice and course activities that enhance student experiential learning. 

Our Students: A Profile

  • Attendance: Most of our students attend full time (9 credits/semester) and most graduate within two years.
  • Hometowns: A large percentage come from out of state and a number come from other countries such as Thailand, India and those in Central and South America.
  • Age: Ages range from approximately 22 (after completing their bachelor's degree) to 45. The median age is approximately 26.
  • Diversity: I-O psychology concentration students are predominately female (about 80 percent), and about 15 percent are minorities, primarily African American.
  • Experience: Most students come to the program having just completed their bachelor's degrees in psychology, but some come with considerable work experience in a variety of occupations.

Why I-O psychology?
I-O psychology applies psychological principles developed from rigorous scientific research to enable problem-resolution in the workplace. As half of adults' waking lives are spent in the workplace, I-O psychologists contribute to aligning organizations' missions with its people. We do that by focusing on the essential human components that create high functioning organizations, including selecting the right job applicants, training employees and measuring their performance, designing professional growth and motivation strategies, assessing organizational climate and facilitating change management. Due to the important role that I-O psychologists play in organizations' success, job opportunities in the field continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has labeled I-O psychology the fastest growing occupation, with a median pay of over $83,500. 

Why I-O psychology at UB?
The I-O concentration of the M.S. in Applied Psychology program at UB is proud to have been graduating hundreds of students for over 30 years. As the only terminal I-O psychology master's program with full-time faculty within a 50-mile radius of campus, the University of Baltimore provides accessible, high quality educational opportunities. Located in an urban setting, convenient for both working and nonworking adults, our campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Baltimore and is easily accessible by train, light rail, bus or car. Most courses in the I-O psychology program are offered in the evenings so that you can still work during the day, and class sizes are small so that students can receive individualized attention.  

Where do UB's I-O psychology graduates work?
Our graduates are employed in numerous industries and settings, including:

  • federal jobs: DHS/TSA, FBI, OPM
  • state jobs: Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration
  • retail companies: Under Armour, McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • consulting firms: Booz Allen, Grant Thornton, PDRI (a CEB company)
  • healthcare: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • academic/research institutions: Loyola University, IMPAQ International, UMD CASL
  • other: Prometric, GEICO, Strategic Development Associates, CSS Industries 

Learn more about your career and internship opportunities.

What competencies do I-O psychology students develop?
The I-O psychology curriculum develops student competencies in all domains recommended by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP, Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). Our students engage in real-world and simulated experiential learning activities, such as conducting job analyses with real clients, preparing personnel assessment reports and developing organizational surveys.

The I-O psychology concentration also offers students opportunities to prepare for the global workforce through relevant coursework and international collaborative projects (both virtual and in-person), such as the European Erasmus Mundus Winter School program.

Helping pay for your degree.

  • To help you learn while putting your skills into practice, and to offset the cost of your education, consider applying for a graduate assistantship.
  • The Schaefer Center for Public Policy offers selective fellowships for full-time students to work on the center's applied research projects. In addition, there are opportunities for students to work as student assistants or as research assistants on various center projects. Deadlines are April 15 (for the fall semester) and Oct. 15 (for the spring semester).

Who are the I-O psychology faculty?

The Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences hosts three full-time faculty with backgrounds in industrial and organizational psychology:
Sharon Glazer
Thomas Mitchell
Rebecca Thompson

We also have three regular adjunct faculty who bring I-O psychology field experience to further enhance your classroom learning:
Elliot Lasson
Peter Leeds
Todd Walther

For more information contact Dr. Thomas Mitchell, professor and director of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration within the M.S. in Applied Psychology program.