MA program distinctives
The Master of Art in Industrial-Organizational Psychology program is designed with a focus on the science and rigor associated with quality degrees in this field along with an equal emphasis on the practice of industrial-organizational psychology. This program will prepare you to:
- Develop a strong theoretical foundation for meeting real-world challenges through program curriculum.
- Design and develop interventions, conduct research, and develop leaders through field-practicum experiences.
- Achieve your individual vocational and professional goals when you tailor the program’s wide variety of electives .
The curriculum for this program has been structured according to the guidelines for graduate training in industrial-organizational psychology published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a division of the American Psychological Association.
The MA is a 66-credit program (56 credits required, plus 10 elective credits) and is designed to be taken over a two-year/seven-quarter or three-year/11-quarter sequence.
As a full-time student, you will typically take eight credits a quarter (two classes) in the first year and eight to 11 credits in the second year. You may take any of the approved graduate courses to fulfill your elective requirements.
In your final year of the program, you will complete a final master’s project and portfolio as part of your coursework.
The SPU I-O program is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; and equipping our students to become practitioners and researchers who will make a difference in organizations where they serve. Consequently, the SPU I-O faculty and staff stand with and affirm our LGBTQIA+ students, alumni, staff, and faculty, who are central and critical to our campus community. The SPU I-O Program is a place where we value every student for who they are and how they can use their gifts to live with compassion in the world.
The curriculum for the Industrial-Organizational Psychology master’s program satisfies the suggested areas of competence for graduates in industrial-organizational psychology, ensuring that you are fulfilling not only the expectations for master’s-level education, but also fulfilling the expectations of experts working in the field.
The four pillars of Seattle Pacific University’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology program:
- Research: Scientific evidence for what could be.
You gain the knowledge and skills to make evidence-based decisions in organizations, and learn to conduct, evaluate, and measure research. Knowledge of core theoretical models and their application is the foundation for our training.
- Character: The imprint of past experiences and relationships.
- You learn to demonstrate awareness of self and others, as well as discernment, responsibility, and self-regulation. You’ll take responsibility for your own contributions, both good and bad. And you won’t just focus on your strengths, but also learn to offer and receive grace.
- Practice: The integration of what you know and who you are.
- You learn to apply research, self-knowledge, and character to real-time work with organizations. You gain the foundation to learn and lead at the next level, applying evidence-based theory and strategies to the change efforts of organizations you’ll serve.
- You: The instrument of change.
- You learn to work with and present to real-world clients, even as you come to understand how your own strengths and weaknesses impact your ability to bring about individual, team, and organizational transformation.
Considering a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology?
The doctoral program begins in autumn. Students accepted into that program will complete a master’s level final project and portfolio in the second year and be awarded a master’s degree upon completion of the equivalent MA requirements and as they continue with the additional two years for SPU’s doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.