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M.A. in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Residential Master’s Degree in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Become an industry-ready consultant with Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree.   Get a foundational understanding of how people work and why they work. Determine what affects individual and organizational efficiency. At Liberty, you’ll learn how to integrate scientific research into the workplace and respond to organizational questions with statistics and research methods.

Project-Based Learning

This program features four experiential learning courses (i.e. MAOP 526, 646, 655 & 660) in which students get hands-on experience creating and presenting topics related to competency modeling, creating selection processes, performance management and training and development. These courses collaborate with a University department on campus so that students can conduct interviews with organizational stakeholders, collect data, and create strategic HR interventions to help that department function more effectively. These courses mostly consist of group work, as these classes are based on “project management” in which students’ grades are based on the production and quality of relevant presentation materials and projects produced for that department.

The MAOP 698 Applied Organizational Practicum Course is included as a way for students to take one of the above projects in any of those experiential learning courses (i.e. MAOP 526, 646, 655 or 660) and individually apply this project in an organization of their choosing. Because this is a practicum type course students should spend approximately 80 hours (i.e. 10 hours per week for 8 weeks) on this project. A formal class time will also be held to discuss student progress & problem solve to help students to be as productive as possible.  Students are able to implement this in an organization they currently work for, or they are able to find an organization that is willing to take on this project. Example projects include: competency modeling, creating selection processes, performance management and/or training and development.

Students are advised to actively seek internships while enrolled in this program. Students will not be placed in internships, and having an internship is not required for graduation (i.e. the Practicum is required) but is strongly encouraged. The streamlined nature of this program accounts for students not only seeking but landing internships that will help them get jobs upon graduation in the field/area of their internship experience. The Program Director not only encourages students to get internships but will aid in this search process by connecting the student to valuable resources & departments on campus to assist in finding and getting an internship while enrolled in the MAOP program.

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Program Format

The M.A. in Applied Organizational Psychology program was created to be completed in one academic year. This can be done in several ways. First, students can take the four PSYC courses in the Summer B & D terms prior to the Fall term starting, in which they would just have to complete two MAOP courses for the Fall B/D & then Spring B/D semesters to finish. Second, students could take one of the PSYC courses and two MAOP courses for the Fall B/D & Spring B/D terms to finish in one year, but this option requires students to pay overload fees.

Students can opt to take this program in a two-year sequence and take six courses in year 1 Fall & Spring terms and then six more in the year 2 Fall & Spring Terms. This program consists of eight-week online and residential courses. Online courses can be taken in any Spring, Summer or Fall sub-term, but the residential courses are only offered in specific Fall & Spring sub-terms.

It is strongly advised to take the PSYC courses prior to the MAOP courses as the PSYC courses are foundational courses that give you the basic knowledge and skills to produce the required Strategic HR Work Samples. There are also certain MAOP courses that have to be taken in a certain sequence. MAOP 520 needs to proceed MAOP 646 which proceeds MAOP 655 which proceeds MAOP 660. It is strongly advised to take the MAOP Courses that require a specific sequence in that order if you decide to take the two-year option.

The MAOP 693 Candidacy Exam will be the last course taken, and it’s a 1 unit course that requires the student to pick one of these listed topics: competency modeling, creating of selection processes, performance management and/or training and development and interview for a job in that “area”. The program director at a minimum will conduct a structured interview with the student to ensure that they meet the min. qualifications to be successful in that subject area. If a student doesn’t pass this interview process they will be asked to complete it again until they pass.

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Academics: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Credit Hours

36 hours See academic catalog for credit hour overload costs.

Program of Study

M.A. in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (DCP)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Courses

  • Foundations in I/O Psychology (MAOP 520)
  • Organizational Psychology (MAOP 526)
  • Personnel Psychology (MAOP 646)
  • Current Issues in I/O Psychology (MAOP 650)
  • Psychology of Performance (MAOP 655)
  • Special Topic in I/O Psychology (MAOP 658)
  • Industrial Psychology (MAOP 660)
Fall Courses
Spring Courses

Suggested Course Sequence

Admission Requirements

  • $50 Application Fee. The application fee will be deferred and assessed during Financial Check-In.
  • Unofficial College Transcripts and Completed Transcript Request Form. An official final college transcript showing a completed Bachelor’s degree is required before the first-semester enrollment. Bachelor’s degree must be a regionally or nationally accredited degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Undergraduate Prerequisites. 12 credit hours in psychology which must include general psychology, statistics, research methods, and a test and measurements course. These can be taken after admission.
  • Self-Certification Form. This is for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduation Application. Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a Graduation Application through their ASIST account
  • Dual Enrollment Information

International Students

Career Opportunities in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Workforce Insights Analyst/Manager
  • Evaluation and Assessment Manager
  • HR Organizational Development Specialist
  • Test and Measures Specialist
  • Human Capital Consultant
  • Talent Management Specialist
  • Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Selection and Assessment Consultant

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