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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.


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Why Choose Mason's Psychology Program?

  • Faculty LogoRenowned faculty of industry shapers and innovators
  • Competitive Tuition LogoCompetitive tuition and financial aid
  • Online Education LogoUse what you learn today in your current profession
  • Online Education LogoNo GRE Required
  • 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.

*Mason's Ranking

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.

You will:

  • Scientific LogoLead, plan, and execute organizational development initiatives based on research and analysis
  • Student Proficiency LogoCoordinate with subject matter experts to develop tests and assessments measuring job-relevant knowledge, skills, competencies, and personal attributes
  • Alumni Success LogoDesign, develop, and conduct learning procedures and programs
  • Employer Guidance LogoDevelop strategy and metrics to evaluate the impact of assessment initiatives
  • Faculty Research LogoLead medium and large-scale change initiatives that support projects driving process, people, and/or technology transformation

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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