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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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We offer a Master of Arts Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. We use a scientist/practitioner training model and prepare graduates for a variety of occupations in management consulting, human resources, and market research.


Students are required to complete 44 credits in order to receive a M.A. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Included in the 44 credits is a three month internship and a thesis. The curriculum includes many classroom projects that allow the students to apply learning to real-world problems.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • PSYC 505 Motivation (4)
  • PSYC 519 Psychometric Theory (4)
  • PSYC 610 Research Design & Statistics (4)
  • PSYC 633 Job Analysis & Performance Appraisal (3)

Spring Semester

  • PSYC 624 Stress & Health in the Workplace (4)
  • PSYC 662 Organizational Development (3)
  • PSYC 623 Personnel Training (3) or PSYC 542 Group Psychology (3)

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • PSYC 609 Internship (2)
  • PSYC 618 Multivariate Analysis (4)
  • PSYC 660 Employee Selection (3)
  • PSYC 695 Research in I/O Psychology I (2)

Spring Semester

  • PSYC 697 Research in I/O Psychology II (2)
  • PSYC 699 Thesis (3)
  • PSYC 623 Personnel Training (3) or PSYC 542 Group Psychology (3)

Course Descriptions:

Motivation (PSYC 505) - Major concepts of human motivation and emotion, presentation of learned cognitive and biological influences on sustained behavior.

Psychometric Theory (PSYC 519) - An overview of development, use, and validation of psychological tests. Topics include reliability and validity, test construction, item analysis, ethics, test administration and scoring, and computerized testing.

Attitudes (PSYC 541) - Examines cultural, social, and individual influences on attitudinal development and change. Applies theories of attitude-behavior relationships and attitude formation and change to real world settings, including the workplace.

Group Psychology (542) - This course is designed to teach students both the knowledge and the skills necessary to meet the communication, interpersonal, and task related challenges that arise when working in teams. Through readings, lecture/discussion, classroom exercises, and applied problem solving, students will acquire the team-related competencies that are now being sought by work organizations. Students will study group processes while participating in group exercises and projects throughout the semester.

Internship (PSYC 609) - Enrollment limited to students in good standing in the Industrial/Organizational track.

Research Design & Statistics (PSYC 610) - Research methodology and statistical procedures involving descriptive and inferential techniques for simple and multivariate situations involving parametric and non parametric variables using manual and computer methods.

Multivariate Analysis (PSYC 618) - Overview of multivariate statistical analyses including: ANCOVA, MANOVA, discriminate function analysis and factor analysis.

Personnel Training (PSYC 623) - This course provides an in-depth examination of theories and techniques used to design, implement, and evaluate personnel training programs in organizational settings. Topics include needs analysis, learning theories, instructional design, on-the-job training, supervisory/leadership skills training, and computer-assisted instruction.

Stress & Health in the Workplace (PSYC 624) - This course will provide a comprehensive examination of theories of job stress, the causes of job stress, how job stress affects the physical and mental health of workers, how job stress affects organizational effectiveness, and how job stress can be prevented or minimized.

Job Analysis & Performance Appraisal (PSYC 633) - An overview of techniques used to measure employee performance. Topics include: Job analysis methods and use of results, criterion development, performance appraisal methods, job evaluation, rater training, bias and accuracy in performance appraisal, organizational and contextual issues.

Employee Selection (PSYC 660) - Overview of issues and techniques used to make hiring and promotion decisions in organizations. Topics include: Introduction of the selection process, legal and affirmative action issues, validity issues in selection, validity generalization, utility and decision making, use of selection methods.

Organizational Development (PSYC 662) - This seminar provides an overview of organization development research and techniques. The course covers interventions at the individual, group and organizational levels. Students play an active role in directing the course and teaching classes.

Research In Industrial/Organizational Psychology I (PSYC 695) - Developing research proposals/projects, ethic committee review, implementing consulting projects, data collection, report writing, presentation to professional societies and submitting funding requests.

Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology II (PSYC 697) - Continuation of Research in I/O Psychology I.

Thesis (PSYC 699) - Individualized student research paper which involves a literature review and original research.