Get the hands-on training and insights needed to help today’s organizations build a skilled, productive, and adaptable workforce.
This specialization is designed for students interested in the practical application of I/O principles, skills, and knowledge to improve individual and organizational productivity in the workplace. Gain an understanding of the roles within organizations and teams and examine what elements are needed to build synergy among individuals and create a healthy workforce. Learn how to assess organizational issues, develop intervention plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. With the General Practice specialization, you can develop the research and statistical skills needed to pursue careers in employee training and development, organizational development, organizational leadership and administration, human resource management, or I/O consulting.
The General Practice specialization prepares you enter the field as an I/O psychology practitioner in diverse roles and settings.
This represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||IPSY 6002||Course||Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6200||Course||Themes and Theories in Industrial and Organizational Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6480||Course||Psychology of Organizational Behavior||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6214||Course||Consulting for Organizational Development and Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||RSCH 6110||Course||Research Theory, Design, and Methods||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6755||Course||Leadership and Leader Development||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||RSCH 6210||Course||Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6706||Course||Ethics, Values, and Legal Issues in I/O Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6754||Course||Personnel Psychology in the Workplace||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IPSY 6393||Course||Capstone||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. Students build a foundation for academic and professional success as social change agents. They assess the relationship of Walden's mission and vision to professional goals. They establish connections with their peers and the broader Walden community. Students engage in course assignments focused on the practical application of scholarly writing, critical-thinking skills, academic integrity, ethics, and the promotion of professional and academic excellence within the field of psychology.
Students in this course are introduced to the field of industrial/organizational psychology. The major focus is on industrial/organizational psychology, themes, models, and theories, as well as practical implications to individuals, groups, and organizations in a variety of workplace settings. Students evaluate and apply research, models, and theories related to practice in areas such as selection, training, and performance, as well as leadership, team dynamics, organizational development, and change.
Students in this course examine the application of behavioral theories in organizational settings. The focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include individual differences in employee motivation and job satisfaction, group development, team building, organizational leadership, and organizational design, culture, and development. Students acquire a broad knowledge base in organizational psychology, its research, and its applications.
Students in this course have the opportunity to learn how to promote and implement organizational development and change by using fundamental techniques of change management. They examine and apply these tools, including consulting competencies, approaches, and organizational change models. Students explore methods for improving individual, group, and organizational performance through consulting, coaching, and change management. They also explore related topics, such as organizational assessment; team development; strategic planning; group dynamics; power, politics, and influence; leadership; and conflict management. Students apply course concepts to the assessment of an organization and the development of strategies to address identified needs for change.
In this research course, students are provided with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the graduate level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the role of theory, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs and data collection methods are introduced. The alignment of research components is emphasized. Students also explore ethical and social change implications of designing and conducting research. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing an annotated bibliography.
Leadership is complex and requires an exploration of the nuances, theories, and development required to be an effective leader. Students are provided with an extensive overview of leadership theories examining leadership from historical to more contemporary perspectives. Some of the more contemporary topics students explore include strategic and global leadership, team leadership, emotional intelligence, and crisis leadership. Students explore definitions of leadership, major theoretical leadership models, and contextual and situational factors related to leadership. Students also examine various perspectives on leadership and the role of leadership in the achievement of organizational, group, and individual goals. Students engage in application assignments and discussions, focusing on effective leadership issues and practices. Ethical, cultural, and global aspects of leadership are explored throughout the course. Leader development is emphasized as students examine different leadership issues.
Students in this research course build core knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding data analysis and applying statistical concepts. Students explore classical quantitative research designs and common statistical tests, the importance of quality assurance, and ethical and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. In this course, students approach statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design. Students use statistical software to calculate statistics and interpret and present results. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.
Ethical behavior is an essential component of psychological practice for industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology psychologists. The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Through a combination of seminal texts, journal articles, contemporary case studies, and media resources students explore the complexities and ethical challenges encountered by I/O psychologists in today's global society. In this course, students are introduced to conceptual tools and models that will help them clarify ethical dilemmas, professional values, and analyze decision-making strategies. In addition to studying the ethical decision-making process in depth, students explore ethical topics relevant to the I/O psychologist. Topics examined include the impact of technology and social media, ethics in consulting, research, academic, multinational business, legal issues, and organizational settings. Special attention is given to the ethics of corporate sustainability and social responsibility and the role I/O psychology can play in contributing to positive social change. The course also has students address their own professional and personal development from the perspective of an I/O psychologist-in-training.
In this course, students explore the application of psychological theory and practice to human resource activities in organizations. They examine related topics, including job analysis and design, employee selection and placement, training and development, performance management and appraisal, and legal and ethical considerations in human resource management. Students research, assess, and share critical issues in personnel psychology.
Students are provided with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their program into a practical project designed to promote positive social change in a capstone project. During this course, students work on a capstone project in which they complete a major integrative paper on a topic related to their specialization, incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge as well as social scientific research skills acquired throughout the program. The instructor may approve other capstone projects presented by students.
Note on Licensure The MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.