Transform Human Capital at Your Organization
Master of Professional Studies
In Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology
MPS Program Director Afra S. Ahmad, Ph.D Provides Program Details
George Mason’s online MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology delivers the research-backed methods and understanding of data analytics HR and business professionals need to foster a culture of innovation — where each employee feels empowered and motivated to contribute new ideas, ignite change, and do their best work every day.
George Mason University was established in 1956 as the Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia. It became an independent institution in 1972. And since then, it's grown into the largest public university in Virginia. Thanks to its very high research activity, GMU is classified by the Carnegie System as an R1 Doctoral Research University, the highest rating possible in the US.
We have three campuses in Northern Virginia, a campus in South Korea, and a growing body of online programs just like this one. The I/O program was also founded in 1972. Over the years, our faculty members have been prominent in the field as both academics and practitioners.
Five faculty members associated with our program have held positions as the president of the largest professional organization in our field, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also known as SIOP. Several of our student graduates have gone on to work at top universities and large reputable organizations around the world.
Our program often ranks among the top I/O programs in the country. When I was a first year graduate student at Mason, I didn't really understand what that meant, until I was reading the textbooks and top tier journal articles and realized how many of them were written by Mason faculty and alumni.
When I attended my first SIOP conference, prominent individuals of the field started conversations with me when noticing George Mason University on my name badge. The Mason I/O faculty currently comprise of several full time members, making us one of, if not the largest, I/O program in the country.
Several of these faculty, along with Mason alumni and other great instructors, will be teaching your courses. I encourage you all to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the talent here at Mason by visiting I/O Psychology faculty page.
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Why Choose Mason's Psychology Program?
- Finish in Less
Than 2 Years
- Top Rankings
- 30 Credit Hours
- Earn your degree in 21 months —
but immediately apply what you
learn to make positive changes now.
- Top rankings include being ranked No. 3 Nationally* among public institutions and No. 7 overall for its online master’s programs by OnlineU.
- Coursework consists of
7 core classes and your
choice of 3 electives.
MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology Curriculum
You’ll learn how to apply the research and methodologies of human motivations at work from faculty who are renowned as innovators in the industry.
Apply Data to Shape an Organization’s Culture
Graduates of Mason’s MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology can create a culture from the ground up by learning to hire candidates who are the right fit for the company, identify employees’ assumptions, beliefs, and values, establish meaningful evaluations and reward systems, and improve training and performance management solutions.
The MPS in I-O Psychology can maximize your hiring potential in any industry but is especially valuable for military members. Graduates of Mason’s program have said that the program’s expert faculty taught them how to use motivation and management tactics appropriate for the military. The curriculum in the MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology program aligns with many of the military’s techniques, such as effective team leadership practices, ethical standards of management, and the use of dynamic data to inform decision-making.
“In the military, you learn how to align people who have strengths in areas that help the unit function very efficiently. This program also teaches you to provide people within an organization the ability to improve their skills through different means.”
Vinnie J., student, 2019
“I have been very impressed with the level of rigor and course material. My experience in the military directly aligns with the teaching.”
Aseba G., student, 2020
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