Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Mason’s graduate work in this area emphasizes research as the key to knowledge in both academic and applied settings. The program fosters a peer-oriented environment whereby students collaborate on numerous projects in addition to engaging with faculty members in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

Industrial/organizational psychology informs an array of fields, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work/family issues, and organizational health issues.

The following two sources contain a wealth of information beyond what is available on our website and may therefore be especially useful to prospective students:



UN Global Compact

In 2016, the IO program joined the signatories of the United Nations Global Compact. The program supports the Global Compact by advancing its ten principles for human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We are proud that this program integrates these principles in curriculum, research, and professional projects that directly relate to the Global Compact. 

Master of Arts (MA) versus Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

This website discusses the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. If your interest is in the online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology, please click here for additional information. Additionally, please click here for a comparison table that clarifies the differences between the MA and MPS programs.