Online MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Harness Work Science & Data Analytics to Create Cultures of Innovation

Located in Virginia. Serving the World.

In many successful organizations, employees feel empowered to suggest ideas and make valuable contributions each day. If you want to create workplace cultures that inspire workers to innovate and maintain productivity, get started in the online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology program from George Mason University.

With this online program, you’ll prepare to oversee all aspects of creating high-performance organizations. Learn to identify whether candidates’ abilities, attributes, and values make them the right fit for a company, establish meaningful goal and reward systems, and enhance training and performance management processes. Mason’s expert faculty members also equip you with research methods, metrics, and analytics expertise and solutions needed to boost the impact of human resources and business operations.

After completing this program, you’ll be ready to minimize capital expenses while maximizing workforce engagement, performance, productivity, and efficiency.

Discover the rich online learning experiences available exclusively from Virginia’s largest research university. Plus, capitalize on the proven career and advancement achieved by graduates of Mason’s online programs.

No GRE Requirement

20th Most Innovative School1

Top 10 Online Master’s Degrees for ROI2

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Learn To Foster Organizational Change and Innovation

With the MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, you can learn research-based methodologies for leading impactful organizational development efforts. Our instructor cadre includes six fellows of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and our adjunct faculty members represent the U.S. Army Research Institute, Amazon, and Society for Human Resource Management. We offer weekly events for students to interface and learn from PhD faculty as well as other PhD and master’s students. These experiences help you prepare to oversee change initiatives that improve company processes, motivate people, and harness transformative technologies.

In addition to the core courses, you can customize your education by choosing from numerous electives, including:

Motivation and Well Being

Explore major theories of work motivation and well-being while learning about the tools used to measure motivation and well-being in the workplace.

Organizational Change and Development

Delve into strategies for facilitating and managing organizational change and designing effective interventions.

Performance Management

Develop the competencies needed to design, implement, and evaluate systems for measuring employee performance.

Applied Leadership in the Workplace

Discover strategies for leadership development and tactics that organizations use to create high-performance teams.

Valuable Expertise for Military Service Members

This curriculum aligns with many military techniques, such as effective team leadership practices and the use of dynamic data to inform decision-making and build smarter and more sustainable workplaces.

“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

“My experience in the military directly aligns with the teaching.”

—Aseba G., student

Rigorous Academic Standards. Flexible Online Format.

At Mason, we curate online programs that offer innovative experiences to further your ambitions in a way that works with your schedule. Like our on-campus students, you’ll benefit from our commitment to academic rigor and integrity while learning from the same renowned faculty.

We’ve been recognized as a top university for non-traditional learners, and our commitment to your success goes beyond graduation. After you’ve earned your degree, you’ll maintain lifetime access to our career services.

Innovate a Breakthrough for Your Organization—and Your Career

Prepare to follow our alumni into senior management roles in an impressive array of businesses. You’ll extend your ability to construct, understand, and apply research and data relating to human behavior in the workplace, becoming a valuable asset to organizations seeking to grow more productive and innovative.

4 Rewarding Careers for Graduates of This Program

  1. Human Resource Manager: $126,230 per year3
  2. Training and Development Manager: $120,130 per year4
  3. Industrial-Organizational Psychologist: $105,310 per year5
  4. Management Analyst: $93,000 per year6

A World-Class Education Within Reach

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. We welcome students from all walks of life, and we’ve designed our programs with that in mind. Our modern curriculum, responsive faculty, and innovative solutions combine to produce a six-year graduation rate that exceeds the national average, with no disparity based on ethnicity or economic status. We’re proud to be continuously recognized – and ranked – for offering an education that is affordable, accessible, and valuable.

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