Industrial Organizational Psychology

Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study and the application of science to workplace issues. From organizational consulting firms to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful professionals in the field of I-O psychology.

Psychology Options

We offer several ways for you to earn your advanced psychology degree

Doctoral program: PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology embraces Xavier's highest standards of ethics, service and academic excellence.

Designed to transform students into highly skilled general practitioners of clinical psychology, every graduate completing this program successfully finds employment. Far from being a purely academic degree, the 2015 Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctoral candidates have the best job opportunities in clinical, counseling, school psychology or private practice.

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MA in General Experimental Psychology

Understanding behavior evolves from research. And many of the historical breakthroughs that popularly define "psychology" in the broadest sense, from the Pavlovian response to delayed gratification, began as an experiment. General Experimental, or research Psychology explores, develops and tests methods to study behavior and mental processes. The General Experimental Psychology program at Xavier is a very small program that supports the work of individual students with particular faculty with whom they share a research interest. Graduates of the program frequently apply to Ph.D. programs at other Universities.

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MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

According to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. From organizational consultants to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful scientists-practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.

53% Growth Rate

In 2014, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ranked Industrial organizational psychologist as the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. with a 53% growth rate to the year 2022 and a median annual income of $83,580.

The Xavier Difference

A Faculty Focused on You

Graduate psychology students interact with faculty members who have diverse academic and research interests, as well as professional training. Teaching is the primary mission of the department.

Professional Opportunities

An internship arranged with an employer in one of a number of industries gives you the opportunity to put into practice the job skills that you learn in the classroom.

Develop a Network of Colleagues

Graduate student organizations include the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Xavier Psychological Association Graduate Students and XU Graduate Student Organization

Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Getting Down to Business

Genevieve Coleman had a psychology degree, but she didn’t want to be a psychologist. So she did a little research and discovered a profession based on an area of psychology she knew little about—industrial-organizational psychology. That August, she left her home in New York to enroll in Xavier's program and has never looked back.

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The Xavier Advantage

The Xavier University Industrial-Organizational Program focuses on providing graduate students with real-world experience and a means of providing Industrial-Organizational psychological services to the community.

Career Paths Chosen by Recent Graduates

  • Executive Recruit
  • Human Resources
  • Management Consultant
  • Research Analyst

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