Organizational Psychology Online and On Campus Programs

organizational psychology online for helping ton achieve harmony in the workplaceAre you wanting to take a bachelors in organizational psychology online or on campus, or perhaps an industrial organizational psychology masters? 

This page tells you more about the programs, where they can be found, what the career prospects are, and more ...

What does it mean to study organizational psychology (or industrial organizational psychology)?  "Psychology" is the study of human behavior and why people behave in certain ways.  So organizational psychology or industrial psychology is the study of human behavior in an organizational setting. Achieving harmony in groups is difficult, and this is particularly true in an organizational setting.  The role of an organizational psychologist is to assist in maintaining harmony, good working relationships and a positive working environment in an organization.

If you are interested in this area, then you might like to also check the master's and PhD in organizational psychology pages. Distance learning programs are very popular amongst working students - they are unable to attend on campus classes and so take online organizational psychology degree programs instead.  So this page is primarily for those students. However, if you wish to explore the on-campus organizational psychology programs available, go to the on-campus programs page.


Where can you take organizational psychology online?

You can study university online organizational psychology degree programs at the bachelor, master's and doctoral levels at many schools.  Here are a few selected schools to consider:

  • Capella University
    • MS - Industrial / Organizational Psychology
    • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
    • PhD - Industrial / Organizational Psychology
  • University of the Rockies
    • Doctor of Psychology
      • Non-Profit Management
      • Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Arts in Psychology
      • Non-Profit Management
      • Organizational Leadership
    • Graduate Certificates
      • Organizational Leadership


What do you study in organizational psychology programs?

Careers in organizational psychology require you to deal with people in a number of business settings.  Thus, you need the following:

  • Knowledge of how to improve the work place environments and workplace communications;
  • Ability to understand how groups function;
  • Knowledge of negotiations strategies, problem solving, and group cohesion.

These skills are generic and so are easily transferred from one job to another should you decide to change in the future.  More specifically, the skills taught in industrial psychology courses include:

  • Business skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team building skills
  • Management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Consulting skills
  • Evaluation of programs skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Market Research skills

So in organizational behavior and organizational psychology programs you would take courses in: Communication skills, group dynamics, social psychology, organizational management, organizational behavior, research methods, negotiations training, psychological measurement, statistical methods, and training and development.

In an industrial organizational psychology masters degree you learn about how to examine the culture of a given organization and evaluate the effect it has on the business so as to create work environments conducive to better performance.  So you would also need to cover the following knowledge and skills in greater depth: Communication, management, team building, motivational, analysis and evaluation, leadership, and critical thinking.


What are the career prospects for graduates?

Many organizational psychologists, work in Human Resource (HR) departments.  With a bachelor's degree in organizational psychology, you could work as a human resources generalist but in order to advance in your career, a master's degree in organizational psychology is often required. With a masters degree, you can begin a career in human resources or organizational development as a facilitator in corporate communications, team building, or coordinating professional development and training programs.  You could also work in executive search firms, or as a research consultant, or in universities, though these positions really require a PhD.

Accredited online degrees in organizational psychology provide many career opportunities in the private and public sectors. And prospects are good.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts an increase in organizational psychology jobs over the next several years, mainly because of concern over worker productivity, retention rates, workplace diversity, and anti-discrimination.

Salaries are high among some of the jobs that organizational psychologists take, but vary widely depending on the job type, geographical location, company size, education level and experience.  For example, as an HR Manager with 5-9 years experience, you would earn over US57,000 per annum (  With over 20 years experience you could expect to earn over US70,000 per annum.  Some other job titles to look for are: Senior Research Consultant, Human Resources Consulting Assistant and Employee Relations Manager.


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