Program Description

George Mason’s online Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology delivers the research-backed methods and understanding of data and analytics HR professionals and business professionals need to foster a culture of innovation — where each employee feels empowered and motivated to contribute new ideas, effect change, and do their best work every day.

You learn how to consistently hire candidates who are the right fit for the company, identify employees’ individual motivations, establish meaningful evaluations and reward systems, and improve training and performance programs.

Main areas of study focus on understanding and applying concepts in:

  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Research and Data Analytic Methods
  • Client Communication Skills

Application Deadline

The online master’s in organizational psychology program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. You can apply here.

Virtual Open House

The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who want to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Master of Professional Studies (MPS) vs Master of Arts (MA) – This information discusses the online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology. If your interest is in the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, please click here for additional information.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Master of Professional Studies)

Degree: MPS

College/School: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

The online MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the ideal degree for professionals who’d like to reduce human capital expenses and maximize productivity while learning in a flexible, competitively priced, program.

Our graduates will work in human resources and in senior management positions across a wide variety of businesses. Their abilities to construct, understand and apply research and data in human behavior as it applies to the workplace make them valuable assets to companies.

Why Choose Mason?

Students choose Mason’s online master’s in industrial and organizational psychology degree because of its:

  • Renowned faculty of experts and innovators
  • Flexible online format designed to accommodate busy working students
  • Competitively priced value for a respected master’s degree program
  • Financial aid programs and life-time access to Mason’s career services

Program requirements for the online MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology are subject to change.

Requirements: 30 total credit hours

Coursework for Mason’s online I/O psychology program is offered in a convenient, part-time, online, asynchronous environment — so you can learn when and where it’s most convenient to you.

Required Courses

Foundations of Organizational Psychology
Introduction to Science & Practice of I/O Psychology
Employee Selection
Psychological Research Methods
Applied Data Analysis in Psychology I
Applied Data Analysis in Psychology II
Practicum in Applied Psychology


Applied Leadership and Teamwork
Motivation and Well Being
Organizational Change and Development
Performance Management
Benefits and Compensation

Tuition & Fees (2023-2024):

Tuition is $815 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a distance education fee.

Financial Aid:

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

According to the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics, growth projections for positions needing a master’s in organizational psychology are often well above average.

  • Training and Development Managers — 10%
  • Management Analysts — 12%
  • Human Resource Manager — 9%
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists — 6%

Mason MPS I-O students and alumni have worked in leading organizations such as:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • CIA
  • Clear Channel
  • Deloitte
  • Enterprise
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Nestlé
  • State Farm
  • USPS
  • WW International

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request For Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 844-851-0923


How do I apply?
Applicants should apply here.


Can I take courses without applying?
Only students who are admitted to the Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology program may take classes in the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The part-time online MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology is 30 credit hours and can be completed in less than 2 years.

When are classes held?
Classes are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning they can be viewed interactively at your convenience. However, students still must meet all study deliverable requirements and deadlines.

What accreditation does George Mason hold?
George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.

How much does it cost to apply?
While there is a $75 application fee, there are multiple times throughout the year that the fee may be waived.

What are the recommendations for admissions?

  • Undergrad GPA-minimum 3.0 (with all undergraduate & graduate transcripts)
  • Prerequisite Courses: Research Methods, Statistics, I/O or related course
  • Work Experience in related field
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Personal Essay

Is there a way to contact a current student or alumnus of the program?
Yes. You can visit our Student Ambassadors’ page to learn more about their experiences in the program, listen in on past webinars, and to sign up for their next webinar. Webinars are a great place to listen in while former students talk about an aspect of their online experience, and a great opportunity for you to ask questions you know only a peer can answer.